Appreaing Larger Than We Are: The Story of the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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During Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2007 through July 2008, the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion BSTB, 1st Brigade Combat Team BCT, 82d Airborne Division, deployed to Contingency Operating Base Adder in Dhi Qar Province of southern Iraq. Initially charged with the theater security and security forces mission for Dhi Qar, al Muthanna, and Diwaniyah Provinces, the battalion conducted a successful in-stride transition to an operational overwatch mission in the provincial Iraqi-controlled province of al Muthanna and assistance in Dhi Qar. The 1st BSTB was charged with a mission set that tested the limits of the organization. The counterinsurgency COIN fight in the Shia-dominated, Iranian-influenced south presented difficult and unique challenges, and it led to a comment about appearing larger than you are by General David Petraeus, Multinational Force Iraq MNF I commander, on a visit to one combat outpost. This is exactly what the battalion was tasked to achieve and exactly what it accomplished. The 1st BSTB was the right unit, with the right capabilities, at the right time to fight counterinsurgent and criminal elements in a nontraditional BSTB role. Through the use of a dynamic task-organization leveraging additional BCT assets, a well-defined campaign design with a stringent targeting system to adjust it, detailed interagency coordination enabling, and creative small-unit leadership, the BSTB s capabilities are well suited for COIN operations.
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