Army Memo re: Operation Iraqi Freedom After Action Review

Army After Action Memo reviewing the operation and problems encountered to be overcome. The document is almost entirely redacted.

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Non-legal Memo
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004
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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
2D SQUADRON, 3D ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT
AR-RUTBAH, IRAQ
APO AE 09320-1466

AFZC-R-J-SCO 25 February 2004
MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Al Asad, Iraq, APO AE
SUBJECT: Final Operation Iraqi Freedom After Action Review (AAR)
1. Sabre Squadron's final AAR for Operation Iraqi Freedom follows.
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POC for this memorandum is the undersigned.

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Brave Rifles!

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1. MANEUVER
a. TCP
(1) Issue: Conductin a Traffic Control Point (TCP) using a gun platoon in urban terrain. Discussion:
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Recommendation:
(2) issue: "Rolling" Traffic Control Points
Discussion:

Recommendation:
b. Convoys
Issue: Convo 0 erations
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c. Stability and Security operations
(1) Issue: Int rating units into a cohesive TF for urban area operations. Discussion:
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(2) Issue: The language of Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) Discussion
Recommendation:
(3) Issue: Urban Combat engagements Discussion:
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(4) Issue: Use of Bradley Fighting Vehicle as Breaching Device Discussion:
Recommendation:
(5) Issue: Dismounted Capability. All soldiers should be capable of operating 'on the ground' without their vehicles.
Discussion:
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(6) Issue: Combined Arms Discussion:
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Recommendation:
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(7) Issue: Use urban & extended operations lessons learned in future training. 'scussion:
Recommendation:
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(8) Issue: Border reconnaissance Discussion:
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(9) Issue: Training not focused on missions that were actual!
executed in combat.
Discussion:
Recommendation:
(10)
Issue: Peace making trainin
Discussion:

(11)
Issue: Small Arms Gunnery skills
Discussion.

Recommended° •
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(12) Issue: Crossin an assault float brid e.
Discussion:

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Recommendation:
d. Close Air Support:
(1) Issue: Air Ground inte ration
Discussion:

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Issue: CAS Sho
Discussion:

e.
Raids:

Issue: Raid TTP
Discussion.

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f. IED: Issue: Cleari
Discussion:
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g. Deploy/Redeploy:
Issue: Deploy/Redeploy as units.
Discussion:

h. Planning:
Issue: Collaborative v.s. Parallel Planning. Discussion:
Issue: Intelli ence Estimates
Discussion:

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Issue: Intelli
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Discussion:
Recommendation:
2. Fire Support
a. Issue: Firing Illumination in Urban Terrain
Discussion:

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training the Howitzer Battery on traditional cavalry skills.
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b. Issue: Cross
Discussion:
Recommendation:

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c. Issue: M xcellen nter-fire role
Discussion:

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3. Engineers:
a. Issue: Re iment did no receive its doctrinal en ineer Go-to-War package of units. Discussion:
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Recommendation:
b. Issue: EOD Assets
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c. Issue: AVLBs & EAPUs. Neither work, and nobody seems to be able to fix them. Discussio •
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4. INTELLIGENCE le handovers.
a.
Issue: Re • _ _ Discussion:

b.
Issue: Regimental Common Operating Picture Discussion:

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c. Issue: Detainee Release Program Discussion: A major bone of contention for the populace of AO DOYLE was the detention of innocent people and the inability of the Regiment to release them from prison once they were deemed innocent (Habbariyah, Falcon Hunters, Radioactive Truck Guys etc.). The five layers of bureaucracy between the unit on the grounddealing with the families of the innocent detainee and the prison that releases them
was extremely difficult to deal with. Detainees would often be held for two to five months after they were deemed innocent. Recommendation: Better direct coordination between line units and Abu Ghurab/Bucca Prisons should be established in order to facilitate the release of innocent detainees and their subsequent pick up from prison.
d. Issue: Detainee personal property.
Discussion: When detainees are released from Abu Ghurab their personal belongings
are often not given back to them. For example the Radioactive Truck Guys and the
Habbariyah detainees were not given their money, jewelry or personal identification.
Great care and emphasis is placed on cataloguing and forwarding all of their personal

property when we forward a detainee up.
Recommendation: Develop and implement a detainee personal property tracking
system and ensure it is incorporated into the release process.

5. COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT
a. Property:
(1)Issue: Ne sol Ts Wea
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(2) Issue: Property Accountability / Inventories Discu
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Recommendation:
(3) Issue: Transportation of Property Discussion:
b. Supply:
(1) Issue: echanized Vehicle Track.
Discussion:
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(2)
Issue: Resupply
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(3)
Issue: C ss III lk and Package resupply
Discussio •

(4)
Issue: Class V Su ort
Discussion:

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Recommendation:
(6) Issue: KBR Satellite Dinin
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c. Transportation:
(1) Issue:
Discussion:

(2) Issue: Vehicles must be mechanically reliable and able to withstand most likely
weapons used.

Discussion.
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d. Medical:
Recommendation:
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(2) Issue: F 's as a standard com onent to the MAS/FAS
Discussion:

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(3) Issue: Medical e ui m
D ussion.

Recommendation:
(4) Issue: PatiCi
Discussion:

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(5)
Issue: Medical Su
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Equipment:

(2)
Issue: S are tires/tow bars/fuel cans Discu si

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(3) Issue: Laser Dot Pointe
Discussion:

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Recommendation:
(4)
Issue: Shot uns as art of Scout Platoon MTOE
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(5)
Issue: Ni ht Vision Devices
Discussion:

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(7) Issue : Dismount kits, MGs on trucks, bustle rack extensions, lubrication for weapons, fabric

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(8) Issue: Po .stribution re uirements Discussion:
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(9) Issue: Lack of Li htin /P boxes.
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(10) Issue: TO extensions for M577 series
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(11)1ssue: Appropriate tank main gun ammo for urban environments. AFV MOUT
training.
Discussion.

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(12) Issue: Mobilit on the Non -linear battlefield
Discussion:

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(13) Issue: Weapons Allocation
Discus •

Recommendation.
(14)
Issue: Ma s/Overhead Ima e
Discussion:

(15)
Issue: AN/PAS13 Thermal Imaging Devices

Recommendation:
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Discussion:
6. Maintenance:
a. Issue: Soldiers lack a sense of discernible ownershi
Discuss'

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b. Issue: Fault identification at operator level
Disc '

Recommendation:
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c. Issue: DA
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7. Civil Affairs/Psyops:
a. Issue: Enabler int ration
Discussion.

Recommendation:
Establishing local trus and confidence
b. Issue:
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c. Issue: Interpreters
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nications with the local Ira i leaders
d.
Issue: Com
Discussion:
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Issue: Civil Milita 0 erations at the troop level
Discussion:

Recommendation:
f. Issue: Point en a ement
Recommendation.
g. Issue: Com etin local securit forces
Discussion:

Recommendation:
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h. Issue: Establishment of Discussion.
Recommendation:
i. Issue: Securit Force Trainin
Discussion:

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j. Issue: Field Orderin Officer 0 erations
Discussion:

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k. Issue: Military Sponsored Civil Construction Pro'ects
Discussion:

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I. Issue: Ha- Bus Arrival at the POE
Discussion:

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n. Issue: Na i I Id n " n S stem for Ira i Peo le needed
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o. Issue: Civilian Military Relations
Discussion:

Recommendation
p. Issue: Training with and understanding the capabilities of force multipliers such as
CA, CI, and TP assets.

Discussion:
Recommendation:
8. Signal:
a. Issue: Se ovia InternetNoice over IP Phones
Discussion:

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b.
Issue: TACSAT/THURAYA CELL Phones
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c.
Issue: Lon Ran e Commun cations Ca abilit
Discussion:

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f. Issue: Limited communication between mounted and dismounted elements. Discussion:
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9. Family Readiness Group:
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a.
Issue: Man family members are not connected to their FRG Discussion:

b.
Issue: There is not adequate information on soldiers who are new to the unit and

redeploy later.
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c. Issue: Family members create numerous web sites for family members of soldiers G information .
and post inap ro riate 0
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Issue: FRG leaders have been asked to identify to the command soldiers who
d.
may have an at-risk famil situation u on red lo ment.

Discussion:

Recommendation:
e. Issue: Squadron and Troo FRG Conference calls
Discussion:

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f. Issue: Baby Calls
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g. Issue: Taking care of families of killed and wounded soldiers
Discussion:

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10. Rear Detachment:
a. Issue: Pro ert remainin in the rear
Discussion:

Recommendation:
b. Issue: Selection of Rear Detachment Connmanders
Discussion:

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