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1: 1st Platoon's Year at a Glance -Provided nearly flawless NIPR/SIPR voice and data communications to over 1,000 users throughout Northern Iraq. -Installed nine Line of Sight (LOS) links, established digital connectivity and provided real time Command and Control to Joint Security Stations India and IMN, two Battalion Tactical Operations Centers, three Combined Check Points, one Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platoon, the Ninewa Operations Center, Combined Command Center and the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center. -Conducted extensive training on the SIPR/NIPR access point very small aperture terminal and company Command Post Node which provided the same real time Command and Control Capabilities to five additional Combined Check Points. -Provided digital communication capabilities from the Brigade Combat Team down to the company and platoon level, allowing the Longknife Brigade to successfully advise, train and assist over 3600 Iraqi Security Forces members and maintain security across 93,000 square kilometers of the Combined Security Area. -Maintained over 12 million dollars worth of equipment issued to the platoon.

2: 1st Platoon "Anarchy"

3: PFC Jose R. Gil-Blanco Hometown: Orlando, FL Years in Army: 1 Year, 9 months Most Memorable Moment: I will always remember spending 6 months at a CCP the size of a Wal-Mart parking lot (or smaller). The Blackhawk flights back and forth will also be unforgettable.

4: SSG Dennis Abellar Lingad Hometown: Cagayan de Oro City, The Philippines Years in Army: 13 Most Memorable Moment: Getting promoted to SSG and the last 60 days of the deployment.

5: SPC Steven Mathew Godbout Hometown: Garner, NC Years in Army: 4 Most Memorable Moment: When my Platoon as a whole made fun of me getting sick and dubbed it the "Godbout Virus."

6: SGT Matthew Cogburn Hometown: Austin, TX Years in Army: 7 Most Memorable Moment: Blackhawk ride.

7: PFC Ronnie L. Woods Hometown: Hammond, IN Years in Army: 1 Most Memorable Moment: Burning my hand.

8: SGT Bradly Combs Hometown: Aurora, IN Years in Army: 4 Most Memorable Moment: Living in Q Pad.

9: SGT Douglas Boswell Hometown: Roanoke, VA Years in Army: 7 Most Memorable Moment: Sinjar Retrans

10: SPC Adam John Orlowski Hometown: Greenfield, WI Years in Army: 7 Most Memorable Moment: The end!

11: PFC David Munoz Hometown: Roswell, New Mexico Years in Army: 2 Most Memorable Moment: Receiving a coin from LTC Land.

12: SPC Christopher Biggs Hometown: Providence, RI Years in Army: 5.75 Most Memorable Moment: My posting on MT Sinjar.

13: SPC Sherry Calloway Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina Years in Army: 4

14: SPC Brandon Joseph Watts Hometown: Fort Worth, TX Years in Army: 6 Most Memorable Moment: Picking up the ADVON 4/1 AD Soldiers and their equipment.

15: SGT Raymond Lawrence Navarro III Hometown: Fresno, CA Years in Army: 1 Year, 6 months Most Memorable Moment: An Iraqi Soldier shot a PESH Soldier in the leg at CCP 4.

16: SPC Michael Julian Acosta Hometown: Fort Worth, TX Years in Army: 2 Years, 2 Months Most Memorable Moment: Being at Patrol Base 3 and... There was this one time when we were cleaning LOS shelters. I had music playing on my iPhone. "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry came on and SGT Navarro commenced "busting a move." He didn't know I was watching, but I saw a side of him that I never wish to see again. Nobody should ever have to see that. You know that one move that Michael Jackson does, where he grabs his crotch, puts his hand out and starts jumping forward? Yeah, he did that! Not cool.

17: SFC Caroline Marie Williams Hometown: Pleasantville, NJ Years in Army: 16 Most Memorable Moment: When my Platoon Leader remembered my 36th Birthday. I felt really appreciated!

18: 2LT Rachel Nichole Fikes Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX Years in Army: 2 Most Memorable Moment: My first experience running a range was eventful. The range caught on fire twice. My high speed RSO, SGT Boswell, and my Safety's, SGT Navarro and SGT Combs rushed out with water bottles and a single fire extinguisher to douse the flames. They were able to extinguish the flames before the Marez Fire Department showed up.

19: The Erection of the 15 Meter Mast

20: The man who liked to kill pigeons in the park...

21: R | Range Crew/Firefighters

22: You can never be too old to enjoy some Girl Scout Cookies.

23: Training

24: And More...

25: The fun never ends

29: To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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