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Air defense artillery soldiers of Sentinel Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division were presented shoulder sleeve insignia (commonly called a "combat patch") April 1, 2018 for their service in Jordan. The "Iron Division" patches were placed on the right sleeves of the soldiers' uniforms by Col. Robert Robinson, commander of 28th Infantry soldiers training in Jordan. Soldiers being patched are, from left to right: Staff Sgt. Randy Rice (NCOIC), Sgt. Kyle Kepner, Sgt. Brian Imundo, Spc. Ryanne Ruopp, Spc. Michael Arliga, Spc. Brandon Mitchell, Spc. Justin Koppenheffer, Spc. Demetrius Merkey, Spc. Steve Yang, Spc. Tyler Rhoades and Sgt. Graham Hall.

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EARTH DAY 2018
Task Force Spartan Soldiers join U.S. Embassy Kuwait and concerned citizens in beach cleanup

By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Roles
Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (HHBN), 28th Infantry Division, and the 38th Sustainment Brigade joined staff from the U.S. embassy in Kuwait, the Kuwait Dive Team and concerned local citizens in a beach cleanup near Kuwait City April 7. The Saturday morning effort at Anjafa Beach saw volunteers don gloves and spread out across the sand#, trash bags in hand, to pick up what amounted to a truckload of plastic bottles, bits of metal and old tires.
The group of soldiers, civilians and children completed what is the latest beach combing in an ongoing struggle to protect marine habitat. This gathering served as the group’s Earth Day (April 22) event for 2018 and followed the theme “End Plastic Pollution.”
U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman welcomed the volunteers. He said local events, like the Anjafa cleanup, can have a big impact when duplicated across the globe.
“Every day we should be thinking about preserving the environment and what we can do, even in very small ways, to keep our neighborhood and the places we love to visit clean,” Silverman said.
The cleanup was part of the Every Soldier an Ambassador (ESA) program and provided a morale-boosting trip that took Soldiers off post and into the local community for a common cause. Following the trash pickup, participating soldiers were given the opportunity to have lunch at a local restaurant complex before bussing back to Camp Arifjan. More than 30 soldiers volunteered.
“The U.S. embassy here invited Task Force Spartan Soldiers to participate,” said Maj. Amanda Harrah, 28th Infantry Division deputy civil affairs officer. “It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with our civil and military partners in Kuwait and strengthen friendships while doing our part for the environment.”
Dr. Dari Al-Huwail, international relations officer for the Kuwait Dive Team, made a brief presentation to the volunteers before they hit the beach. He told the group that discarded plastics take hundreds of years to break down and pose a threat to marine life both as whole items and in pieces. Aggregated together plastic threatens reef habitat; micro-plastics can be ingested by aquatic animals in the food chain.
“Worldwide, plastic is a problem,” Al-Huwail said. “What you can do is reduce the amount of plastic you use in general and recycle.”
The Kuwait Dive Team was established in the aftermath of environmental damage wrought on the country during the 1990 invasion and occupation. Since then, working with private and public groups, the team has seen approximately 15,000 volunteers lend a hand. Five years ago the team started a Mobile Beach Cleanup Unit.
The cleanup had a festive atmosphere, with participants scattering in all directions to see who could pick up the most – and most interesting – items. The community activism group which calls itself “MW6INY” lends energy and enthusiasm to what can be a physically demanding task.
“We usually work from September to the end of April, before it gets too hot. We find the weirdest things,” Latifa Al-Wazzan, MW6INY founder, said. “But what’s really beautiful is when volunteers come out, see the amount of pollution and want to pitch in.”
The community group’s aim is to raise awareness and the feeling of accountability amongst Kuwait citizens. MW6INY believes that highly motivated and passionate individuals are the key to the success and growth of any nation.
“Kuwait has been very active in choosing beaches for cleanup, ever since the 1980s,” Al-Wazzan said. “Fish die-offs have also driven the cleanups.”
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You can't throw an M67 at Fort Indiantown Gap without hitting a historical object, but even there you don't expect to see one of these. There are actually several on post. Do you know where?

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A Friday tradition has begun in Kuwait where each week one of the four regiments of the 28ID is recognized. All soldiers affiliated with that day's regiment are called to the front and lead the rest of the staff in singing that regiment's song. Today, we honored the 104th Cavalry Regiment.

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The division command team continues to visit Task Force Spartan - OSS element throughout the gulf region.

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Capt. Scott Beall, an operations security officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, was promoted to his current rank during a ceremony in Kuwait on April 17th.

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Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28ID work to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) over the course of several days while in Camp Arifjan Kuwait. Soldiers are tested in a variety of physical challenges as well as weapons marksmanship. The testing for the GAFPB must be administered by a qualified German physical training instructor and, if earned, U.S. Soldiers may wear the badge on their dress uniform.

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Maj. Matthew Myers and Sgt. Graham Hall were promoted to their current ranks while training overseas in Jordan. Both are with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division. Participating in the ceremony were Col. Robert Robinson, commander of 28th Infantry soldiers training in Jordan, and Bravo Company, HHBN first sergeant 1st Sgt. Thomas Taylor.

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Fort Indiantown Gap hosts 2018 PA Best Warrior Competition (Part 2)

Twelve enlisted Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers competed in the 2018 Pennsylvania state-level Best Warrior Competition at Fort Indiantown Gap March 26-29. This video features highlights of the competitors completing an obstacle course, five mile ruck march, and PT test on day one of the competition.

Posted by Fort Indiantown Gap on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Several 28ID soldiers joined dozens of other soldiers at Camp Arifjan for a 26.2 mile Shadow Tough Ruck on April 13. The shadow event was tied to the Tough Ruck conducted the Saturday before each Boston Marathon where a group of 1000 military members, first responders and veterans carry the names of their fallen comrades on their rucksack. #toughruck2018 #toughruckkuwait

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Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28ID work to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) over the course of several days while in Camp Arifjan Kuwait. Soldiers are tested in a variety of physical challenges as well as weapons marksmanship. The testing for the GAFPB must be administered by a qualified German physical training instructor and, if earned, U.S. Soldiers may wear the badge on their dress uniform.

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Good luck Iron Soldier!

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In preparation for the Eager Lion exercise, Soldiers from the 28th Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan, arrive in country and prepare for the coming days. The 28th ID Soldiers, part of the division staff deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, are tasked with working with Jordanian counterparts in a lower control element to support the exercise and the continued interoperability between U.S. and Jordan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler, USARCENT PAO).

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28ID work to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) over the course of several days while in Camp Arifjan Kuwait. Soldiers are tested in a variety of physical challenges as well as weapons marksmanship. The testing for the GAFPB must be administered by a qualified German physical training instructor and, if earned, U.S. Soldiers may wear the badge on their dress uniform.

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Operation Proper Exit: Closure

The Wounded Warfighters of Operation Proper Exit have returned from their circulation of Afghanistan. U.S. Army Central 28th Infantry Division

Posted by Task Force Spartan - OSS on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Wounded Warfighters we had the privilege to host in Kuwait on April 3 and April 8 were covered by Stars and Stripes while in Afghanistan. Read all about here:

https://www.stripes.com/news/wounded-war-fighters-show-resilience-get-closure-in-return-visit-to-afghanistan-1.521112

28ID had the privilege to host the first of several town hall meetings for a group of eight wounded warriors on their way back to Afghanistan as part of Operation Proper Exit. This program returns wounded warfighters to their point of injury as a way to find closure while speaking to currently serving servicemembers about resiliency and perseverance.
An article, video and more photos of the event will be posted soon.

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Three 28th Infantry Division soldiers joined the U.S. Embassy Kuwait to form Team USA in the 3rd International Women’s Volleyball Tournament on March 31 at the at the British Academy of Sport, Kuwait City. Team USA placed 3rd out of eight teams in the tournament but walked away with the true victory, new friends and great memories.
Read more about this story here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/272023/soldiers-represent-team-usa-volleyball-tournament
Task Force Spartan - OSS | U.S. Army Central

Eight Wounded Warriors returning to Afghanistan as part of the 24th iteration of Operation Proper Exit (OPE) brought a message of #hope and #resiliency to soldiers deployed here during a town hall meeting April 3. The event facilitated frank discussion about the best outcomes for some of the worst injuries soldiers face.
Read more about this story here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/272020/wounded-warriors-share-stories-strength-with-task-force-spartan-soldiers
Task Force Spartan - OSS | U.S. Army Central

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Fort Indiantown Gap host Army Pathfinder course

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers and one Hawaii National Guard Soldier attended a cadre-led Army Pathfinder Course at Fort Indiantown Gap March 3-17. During an end of course field training exercise, trainees learned to communicate with aircraft pilots to call in door bundle air drops.

Posted by Fort Indiantown Gap on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sgt. 1st Class Noel Toro is presented a coin by Maj. Gen. Christopher Sharptsen, Commander, 3rd Sustainment Command, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve on April 6, 2018 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Sgt. 1st Class Toro enrolled and completed Joint Operation Planning and Execution school with little notice. His outstanding effort aids Task Force Spartan and Operation Spartan Shield in moving troops and equipment across the area of responsibility and continental U.S.

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