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ON POINT II: Transition to the New Campaign

The United States Army in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM May 2003-January 2005

Part IV

Sustaining the Campaign

Chapter 12
Logistics and Combat Service Support Operations


Band Support

Though military bands no longer serve to direct the movements of Army units on the battlefield as they once did, they are a standard part of the logistics concept of support for most military operations. Army doctrine holds that band activities should be part of public affairs, civil-military, psychological, and information operations in support of a unit’s overall campaign plan. Direct support bands, those bands assigned to deployable divisions and corps, are also available to augment the local security, prisoner of war, and civilian internee operations of their assigned headquarters.132 It was standard practice during maneuvers and exercises in the 1980s and 1990s to write in an OPORD “and the band will provide security for the division TOC.” Army bands, such as those in most divisions consisted of a dozen or fewer members, played only ceremonial roles while deployed to Iraq. The 1st AD band, for example, deployed with the division in April 2003. While in Iraq, the band played at some 300 morale-boosting events, fallen Soldier ceremonies, and civil-military occasions.133

In a sign that the martial impact of music is more than a quaint anachronism, the New Iraqi Army insisted on having its own band. With some encouragement from Marine Colonel Albert Wey and Army Major General Eaton, a rag-tag band of Iraqi musicians began practicing on Christmas Day 2003. After additional practice, they marched and played at the graduation of the second battalion of the Iraqi Army on 6 January 2004.134

Chapter 12. Logistics and Combat Service Support Operations

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