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On Point

The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom


About the OIF-SG Team

The team formed under the leadership of Brigadier General Mark O'Neill, assisted by Colonel James Greer, Colonel Charles Taylor, and Colonel (retired) Gregory Fontenot. As study group director, Brigadier General O'Neill developed baseline guidance and the terms of reference. Colonels Greer and Fontenot and Lieutenant Colonel David Tohn served as the lead writers and de facto team leadership for collectors in the field. Major Ike Wilson played a key role in the development of this effort, prior to reporting to the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, Iraq. Colonel Taylor provided linkage with the Army Staff and supported the team in its near-term efforts to ensure that short-term observations and lessons gathered would have an immediate impact on the Army and deploying formations. Lieutenant Colonel E.J. Degen joined the team in July, straight from his assignment as the V Corps chief of plans, to assist with the writing and editing of the book.

The study group's advance party formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and departed for Continental United States Replacement Center (CRC) training and processing at Fort Benning, Georgia, on 17 April 2003. They established facilities for the main body in the Combined Forces Land Component Command headquarters at Camp DOHA, Kuwait, and began the initial collection effort. The main body, drawn primarily from the Army branch proponents within the Training and Doctrine Command, assembled and led training in gathering data, conducting historical interviews, and archive procedures at Fort Leavenworth 1520 April 2003. The Center for Army Lessons Learned, the 44th Military History Detachment, and the US Army Forces Command historian, Mr. Bill Stacey, supported that training.

Following this training, the study group deployed to Fort Bliss, Texas, for CRC training conducted by the 334th CRC Battalion, US Army Reserve, and returned to complete issue of equipment and training to support research in the field. They returned to Fort Bliss and deployed on 5 May. After initial in-processing in Kuwait, the main body deployed into Iraq to begin collection on 7 May. They completed formal data collection in-theater by 15 June, to include input from several collectors who canvassed the US European Command and key locations within the United States to trace the story back to the source.

The writing effort began on 18 June and delivered the first draft on 15 August 2003. Subsequent drafts followed over the next few months. Concurrently, a data management and archiving team began cataloging and processing the 330 gigabytes of data and transcribing 3,750 interviews. This data forms the basis for continued research.

Retired General Frederick M. Franks, Jr. formed the final component of the study group as mentor and senior adviser to the team. The Army chose him on the basis of his experience in DESERT STORM as commander of VII Corps and because of his role in assimilating lessons learned from that war. Finally, he had also supported V Corps when it faced the possibility of deploying in the late summer of 2002.


Members


  • COL (R) CORY C. AYLOR
  • CHAPLAIN (MAJ) PETER A. BAKTIS
  • MAJ CRAIG C. BORCHELT
  • SFC (R) TIMOTHY BOYD
  • MAJ JAMES B. BRASHEAR
  • LTC (R) JACK BURKETT
  • MAJ WILLIAM W. BURNHAM
  • LTC TIMOTHY BURNS
  • LTC DENNIS J. CAHILL
  • CW3 (R) J.D. CALL
  • CW4 MICHAEL R. CAMPBELL
  • MR. ROBERT A. CASSELLA
  • COL TIMOTHY D. CHERRY
  • LTC (R) WILLIAM M. CONNOR
  • MAJ DAVID A. CONVERSE
  • MAJ DANIEL R. COREY
  • LTC MICHAEL J. CURRY
  • MR. PHILLIP R. DAVIS
  • MRS. ROSE DAWSON
  • LTC EDMUND J. `EJ' DEGEN
  • MAJ ROBERT J. DIETRICH
  • MAJ CYNTHIA A. DILLARD
  • MAJ GERALD O. DORROH, JR.
  • LTC (R) ARTHUR A. DURANTE, JR.
  • MR. AL FEHLAUER
  • LTC (R) FREDRICH LEE FINCH
  • MAJ BRIAN K.FLOOD
  • MAJ ROBERT F. FOLEY
  • COL (R) GREGORY FONTENOT
  • GEN (R) FRED FRANKS
  • MAJ JONATHAN O. GASS
  • LTC SCOTT GEDLING
  • MAJ DANIEL B. GEORGE
  • MR. JOHN GOODLOE
  • MAJ JONATHAN GRAFF
  • COL (R) CHARLES JOSEPH GREEN
  • MAJ ROBERT GREENWAY
  • COL JAMES K. GREER
  • LTC (R) RICHARD A. GRIMES
  • LTC (R) JOHN M. HAMMELL
  • MAJ JAMES M. HOULAHAN
  • MAJ AUDREY HUDGINS
  • MR. ED IRICK
  • MAJ DEMETRIUS L. JACKSON
  • SGT JERIMIAH JOHNSON
  • MAJ KENNETH KELLEY
  • MS. ROBIN KERN
  • MAJ JEFFREY W. KILGO
  • MAJ PETER G. KILNER
  • LTC EDRIC A. KIRKMAN
  • MAJ LAURA KLEIN
  • MAJ (R) GEORGE KNAPP
  • COL JAMES A. KNOWLTON
  • LTC DAVID J. KOLLEDA
  • SGM VICTOR A. LeGLOAHEC
  • LTC DAVID R. MANNING
  • MAJ MICHAEL L. MATHEWS
  • MRS. SANDRA J. MILES
  • MAJ ANDREW MORTENSEN
  • MR. SCOTT A. MYERS
  • BG MARK E. O'NEILL
  • MR. MARK E. OSTERHOLM
  • LTC JACK J. PAGANO
  • MSG HARRY L. PARRISH, JR.
  • LTC CHARLES P. PIERETT
  • LTC WILLIAM PITTS
  • CW4 JAMES M. PRUITT
  • MR. ROBIN D. QUINTRELL
  • MAJ DAVID RAUGH
  • MAJ ANTHONY G. REED
  • SSG WARREN W. REEVES
  • LTC JUDITH D. ROBINSON
  • MAJ TRAVIS E. ROOMS
  • CSM (R) J.C. TERLAJE
  • LTC (R) JAMES RUTH
  • LTC DAVID W. TOHN
  • MAJ CHAD SKAGGS
  • MAJ JOHN A. TOWNSEND
  • LTC (R) QUENTIN W. SCHILLARE
  • LTC ALEXANDER H. VONPLINSKY, III
  • COL (R) JAMES L. SPEICHER
  • LTC ROBERT S. WALSH
  • COL WILLIAM S. SPRAITZAR
  • MAJ CHRISTOPHER P. WATKINS
  • LTC FRANK D. STEARNS
  • CW3 ESTELL WATSON
  • MAJ RICHARD STROYAN
  • MSG MATTHEW J. WEST
  • MAJ ADAM A. SUCH
  • LTC DARRELL WILLIAMS
  • MAJ ROBERT H. TALLMAN
  • MAJ PAUL V. WILLIAMS
  • COL CHUCK TAYLOR
  • MAJ ISAIAH WILSON, III

  • [ Contents ] [ Foreword ] [ Preface ] [ Acknowledgments ] [ Introduction ]
    [ Ch 1 ] [ Ch 2 ] [ Ch 3 ] [ Photos ] [ Ch 4 ] [ Ch 5 ] [ Ch 6 ] [ Ch 7 ] [ Ch 8 ]
    [ OIF-SG Team ] [ Order of Battle ] [ Glossary ] [ Bibliography ]



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