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Operation Chalons emphasizes U.S., ISF coordination

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Saturday, 28 April 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070428-23
April 28, 2007

Operation Chalons emphasizes U.S., ISF coordination
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq — On April 23, a mission dubbed Operation Chalons allowed Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and an Iraqi National Police company to work together to accomplish their mission.

The cordon and search mission was conducted in an effort to secure a suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces weapons cache located in 3rd HBCT’s operating area.

“Our goal is to demonstrate partnership,” said Maj. John Cushing, 1-15 Inf., operations officer, from Rochester, Mich. “As well as improve the security of our area.”

During the operation, Dragon company also conducted inspections of police checkpoints throughout their sector. The impromptu inspections showed the National Police to be more observant and watchful at their checkpoint than had been seen before.

The Dragons believe this to be a good sign of things to come.

The inspections also revealed some NP checkpoints were redundant or not necessarily in the best strategic locations.

“The inspections helped us ID which checkpoints were necessary,” said Cushing.

Cushing said he feels the operation confirmed increased CF and ISF coordination and cooperation.

“(It) was to demonstrate there are two elements out there,” said Cushing. “That shows we are willing to work together.”

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