Good News from Baghdad

My favorite type of story! A big Salute to the Black Lions for a job well done!

MND-B troops thwart insurgent plans; discover truck bomb

 By Maj. Kirk Luedeke
4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. PAO

             BAGHDAD– Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers stopped what might have been a costly attack May 4 in the Rashid District of the Iraqi capital’s south side when they discovered and disposed of a large truck bomb.

            The members of the Fort Riley, Kan.-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment “Black Lions,” currently assigned to Company A, 1st Bn. 77th Armored Regt. and operating with 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., were conducting a routine patrol when they spotted a large blue tanker truck matching the description of a vehicle suspected of having been converted into a vehicular bomb.

            A search of the truck resulted in the discovery of 14 155mm artillery shells wired for detonation.

After securing the area and cordoning off adjacent streets and neighborhoods to prevent any collateral damage, an explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the vehicle and munitions. 

“When proactive Soldiers are alert and understand their mission, everyone benefits,” said Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

A second weapons cache was also discovered by the Black Lions troops.  The Soldiers from Company C uncovered 27 120mm rounds and six 82mm mortar rounds.  The additional munitions were placed at the controlled detonation site of the blue tanker truck by an EOD team and a second controlled detonation destroyed them.     

“These heroes saved a lot of lives today,” Gibbs said.  “They had the situational awareness and wherewithal to immediately take action and prevent a potential large-scale tragedy from occurring.”   

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