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Commanders Update #9

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Commander’s Update #9 JAN 08

By LTC. James Crider

Friends and Family of 1-4 CAV:

It has been some time since my last update so this one is well over due! I briefed our families at Fort Riley in November while home on leave and then returned to experience the holidays here in Baghdad. This has also been a holiday period for the citizens of our area in Doura so there has been an especially festive mood to go along with the continued good security.

Read more: Commanders Update #9

General Lee Comes Home, Part 2


Stryker Dubbed ‘General Lee’ Rejuvenated

By Ann Roosevelt, for Defense Daily

General Lee, the Stryker Anti-Tank vehicle ATGM 0086, is rejuvenated stem to stern by personnel from Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), Ala., and producer General Dynamics [GD], returning it to ready-to-fight condition.

Read more: General Lee Comes Home, Part 2

A Thank You Letter


[Web Administrator’s Note: The following letter and photograph was sent to Michael Yon from LTC Jim Crider, the commander of the 1-4 CAV soldiers based at FOB Falcon whose progress reports have recently been published on this site.]

Thank You, America.

Some time ago, I ran into an old high school friend who asked me if I was still in the Army.  After I said yes, he slowly shook his head and asked me how much longer I had to go before I could get out.

Read more: A Thank You Letter

General Barry R McCaffrey Report

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Adjunct Professor of International Affairs

December 18, 2007

Read more: General Barry R McCaffrey Report

Doura Progress Report

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1-4 CAV Update #8 by LTC Jim Crider

DEC 07
Despite the hardships associated with our current deployment there are many things that are personally rewarding. Undoubtedly, when we return to Fort Riley we will do so with an enormous sense of accomplishment as a team and personal satisfaction as individual soldiers. In our area it is indisputable that we have set the conditions for political progress and are working hard to move forward on the local level. The current situation is not irreversible as there are certainly those with designs for power looking for opportunities to return to chaos.

Read more: Doura Progress Report

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