Night Raid in Sadr City

photos by Sgt. Michael Pryor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Abraham Bitolas (2nd from left), of Los Angeles, Calif., a squad leader with the Vilseck, Germany-based 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, briefs his squad on their mission inside a Stryker vehicle while enroute to Sadr City to conduct a night raid on the homes of suspected improvised explosive device makers, Oct. 28. Inside the vehicle are, from left, Statesville, N.C., native Sgt. Lee Holsker, Bitolas, Spc. Christopher Oaks, and Bonnie Lake, Wash., native Sgt. Mark Brasel.

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We own the night

Los Angeles native Staff Sgt. Abraham Bitolas, a squad leader with the Vilseck, Germany-based 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, provides security from the air hatch of his Stryker vehicle during a night patrol through Baghdad’s Sadr City District Oct. 29. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

A Stryker vehicle from the Vilseck, Germany-based 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, rolls through the deserted streets of Baghdad’s Sadr City District during a night patrol Oct. 29.

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Personal Security

Decatur, Ala., native Sgt. Andrew Sivley (left), and Southern Pines, N.C., native Sgt. David Dickson, sniper team leaders with the Vilseck, Germany-based 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, take aim at a suspiciously moving vehicle several blocks away while providing security for officials visiting a water treatment plant in Baghdad’s Sadr City District Oct. 26. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

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Birds inbound

Soldiers with the Vilseck, Germany-based 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd BCT, prepare to transport a wounded comrade onto a medical evacuation helicopter as it arrives at a Coalition outpost in Baghdad Oct. 31. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

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Dispensing inspiration from their beds

Landstuhl patients’ resolve to get back in fight in Iraq

By Nancy Montgomery, Stars and Stripes

LANDSTUHL, Germany – After the bomb hit, after the confusion, despite the pain, when he realized he was going to live, Spc. Sean Staggs laughed.

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