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1,935 rocket launchers (mostly RPGs). 186,483 grenades. 28,634 artillery rounds. 140,484 RPG rounds. The pace of patrolling actIVity varied throughout the first year, depending upon weather, other operations, and the assessed enemy situation. A few random examples suffice to indicate the level of daily activity the task force maintained: Date Jun 3, '03 Jun 9, '03 Jun 27, '03 Ju120, '03 Day patrols mounted/dismounted 293/119 433/194 457/181 443/116 240/47 227/45 250/57 261/53 Night patrols mounted/dismounted 265/103 282/142 271/137 235/80 153/51 115/41 150/50 129/49 1 3 1 8 9 1 1 1 11 12 4 1 Raids Aug 27, '03 Aviation patrols 11 24 12 11 11 Arrests or detentions 59 175 248 45 32 June 23-24, 2003 saw the most active 24-hour period for the task force in the early stage of the deployment.
Repairing the damaged 14th of July suspension bridge required the design and fabrication of guides and clamps to replace or reinforce frayed cables, a talent supplied by an Army Reserve sergeant first class. Restoring the power supply and climate control system of the BIAP buildings necessary for constant command use required skills brought in by reservists from their civilian trades. The pace for soldiers in Baghdad never let up from the moment they took charge. In the first month of operations they conducted: • 24,255 military patrols; 943 joint patrols with Iraqi police.
In the event of opposition, they could call upon the fire support of the brigade covering the district, or backup from the 4th Brigade's 18 AH-64 attack helicopters, at least two of which stood on ready alert status at all times at BIAP. During 15 months of continuous combat operations, the "Iron Eagles" flew over The increasing availability of Iraqi security manpower eased the burden on the task of providing physical protection for an impossible number of sites in this city of over 5 million inhabitants.
US Army Soldier - Baghdad 2003-04 by Howard Gerrard, Kevin Lyles