Soldier, sniper, son returns from Iraq

By Peter Costa, GateHouse News Service

Westford — Army sniper Spc. Michael Clark survived 15 months of combat in Iraq because he knew when to hide, when to shoot and when to move.

He has been trained to be patient. Covered in camouflage paint and wearing a full-body “ghilly” suit to blend into the background, he can take up to two hours to crawl two feet. His movement is as gentle and natural as a wave of wheat rippling across a field.

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Strykers prove rough and ready

By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes

VILSECK, Germany — They survived 15 months of combat, roadside bomb attacks, small arms fire and countless patrols on the dangerous streets of Baghdad and the dusty farm tracks of Diyala Province.

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Wounded troops help uncase colors as Strykers return to Vilseck

By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes

VILSECK, Germany — Twenty-three wounded warriors helped uncase the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment’s colors during a welcome-home ceremony at Vilseck on Tuesday.

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2nd Cavalry Stable Call

2d Cavalry Association
You are invited to a
2d Cavalry Stable Call

Old Bill Hi Res

Stable Call
2d Cavalry Association

DATE:                 24 November 2008
TIME:
                  18:30 – 20:30
LOCATION:         Angerer Turmhotel
                                Vilseck, Germany
Refreshments and Food:
Cash Bar and a light food service  will be available.
Civilian Uniform: business casual with Stetson and Spurs
Military Uniform: duty uniform with Stetson and Spurs

2d Cavalry Association

Temporary Field Headquarters
Angerer Turmhotel
Vilseck, Germany
23, 24, 25 November  2008

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Dragoon’s case their colors for return home

Col. John RisCassi and Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Martinez, regimental commander and regimental command sergeant major of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, case the regimental standard during a transition of authority ceremony, Oct. 27, 2008.

 

Story and photos by Pfc. Alisha Nye
14th Public Affairs Detachment

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Soldiers arrive home to changing Vilseck

By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes

VILSECK, Germany — Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment are coming home to a community that has changed drastically during the 15 months they were deployed to Iraq.

At Vilseck, the post exchange — once the heart of the Grafenwöhr-Vilseck community — has been replaced by a furniture store. A new mall, including a PX and commissary, opened at Grafenwöhr. The 172nd Infantry Brigade arrived at Graf over summer and is preparing to embark on its own Iraq mission next month.

U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr spokesman Franz Zeilmann said the community is preparing for the Strykers’ arrival and reintegration.

“USAG Grafenwöhr used the deployment of the soldiers to update soldiers’ facilities and their working places with a very intensive construction program,” he said.

Garrison agencies will offer many extra programs to the returning troops including Outdoor Recreation trips, free child care, and sales and giveaways at the PX and commissary. Local German communities are also planning welcome-home events, he said.

The new facilities, new people and community activities were not the first things on the minds of some of the first Strykers who made it home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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