Saturday, September 11, 2010

U.S. Military Units In Iraq

Although the majority of America’s troops have withdrawn from Iraq, 49,700 remain in the country housed in 92 bases. They are under the command of General Lloyd Austin, head of III Corps, who assumed control of U.S. forces in Iraq from General Ray Odierno on September 1, 2010. III Corps operates out of the Al Faw Palace at Victory Base, which is part of the Baghdad airport. Below is a breakdown of the units under its command.

Source: Digital Journal
Al Far Palace, Baghdad, Headquarters of the U.S. command in Iraq

Location of U.S. forces in Iraq
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Central Iraq - Baghdad

Command Units

1st Armored Division Headquarters – Victory Base, Baghdad. Commands 1st and 4th Advise and Assist Brigades in Anbar, Babil, and Baghdad.

Joint Forces Special Operations Command – Victory Base, Baghdad. Is in charge of 4,500 Special Forces operatives in Iraq

1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Falcon, Rasheed Airbase, Baghdad. Operates in Mahmudiyah, Babil and southwest Baghdad

Field Units

Special Operations Task Force – Central – Victory Base, Baghdad. Works with Iraqi Special Forces in central Iraq

2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Victory Base, Baghdad. Operates west of Baghdad

5th Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Forward Operating Base Falcon, Baghdad. Operates in western Baghdad

3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Joint Security Station War Eagle, Baghdad. Operates in eastern Baghdad

256th Brigade Combat Team – Victory Base, Baghdad. Army National Guard unit that secures supply routes

Northern Iraq – Diyala, Ninewa, Salahaddin, Tamim

Command Units

3rd Infantry Division Headquarters – Camp Speicher, airbase outside of Tikrit, Salahaddin. Commands 1st and 2nd Advise and Assist Brigades in Diyala, Ninewa, Salahaddin and Tamim

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula – Joint Base Balad, Bakr Air Field, Salahaddin. Supports Special Forces Operations in Iraq

1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Armored Division – Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk Airbase, Tamim. Operates in Tamim

2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Marez, Mosul Airbase, Ninewa. Operates in Ninewa

2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division – Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Baquba Airbase, Diyala. Operates in Diyala, Salahaddin, and Tamim

Field Units – Diyala

2nd Battalion, 14th Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Operates in eastern Diyala

1st Battalion, 21st Stryker Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division – Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Baquba Airbase, Diyala. Operates in western Diyala

Field Units – Ninewa

3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Marez, Mosul Airbase, Ninewa. Operates around Mosul

6th Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Forward Operating Base Sykes, outside of Tal Afar, Ninewa. Operates in Tel Afar

1st Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Marez, Mosul Airbase, Ninewa. Operates around Mosul

Field Units – Salahaddin

Special Operations Task Force – North – Camp Speicher, airbase outside of Tikrit, Salahaddin. Works with Iraqi Special Forces in northern Iraq

1st Battalion, 27th Stryker Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division – Camp Speicher, airbase outside of Tikrit, Salahaddin. Operates in Salahaddin

Field Units - Tamim


1st Battalion, 14th Stryker Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Armored Division – Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk Airbase, Tamim. Operates around Kirkuk and Hawija, Tamim

1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Armored Division – Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk Airbase, Tamim. Operates around Kirkuk, Tamim

Western Iraq - Anbar

Command Units

4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Camp Ramadi, Anbar. Operates in Anbar

Field Units

Special Operations Task Force – West – Camp Asad, Anbar. Works with Iraqi Special Forces in western Iraq

3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division - ?. Operates in Anbar

3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division - ?. Operates in Anbar

Southern Iraq – Babil, Basra, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Muthanna, Najaf, Qadisiyah, Wasit

Command Units

1st Infantry Division Headquarters – Basra Airbase. Commands 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and 3 Battalions in Babil, Basra, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Muthanna, Najaf, Qadisiyah, Wasit

3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Kalsu, Iskandiriya, Babil. Operates in Babil, Karbala, Najaf, Qadisiyah, Wasit

3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division – Talil Airbase, outside of Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. Operates in Dhi Qar, Maysan, and Muthanna

Field Units - Babil

2nd Battalion, 69th Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Kalsu, Iskandiriya, Babil. Operates in Babil

Field Units – Dhi Qar

4th Battalion, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division – Talil Airbase, outside of Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. Supports Provincial Reconstruction Teams

1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division – Talil Airbase, outside of Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. Operates in Dhi Qar and Muthanna

Field Units - Maysan

1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Garry Owen, Amarah, Maysan. Operates in Maysan

Field Units - Qadisiyah

1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Forward Operating Base Echo, Diwaniyah, Qadisiyah. Operates in Najaf and Qadisiyah

Field Units Wasit

3rd Battalion, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division – Contingency Operation Station Delta, Kut, Wasit. Operates in Wasit

SOURCES

Butterfield, Staff Sgt. Phillip, “Iraqi Forces back on Joint Base Balad,” Operation New Dawn, United States Forces – Iraq, 8/17/10

Dey, Sgt. 1st Class Roger, “Austin leads USF-I into New Dawn,” Fort Hood Sentinel, 9/9/10

Global Security, “Al Asad Airfield [Qadisiyah Airbase]”
- “Baghdad Monuments”
- “Baquba Airfield”
- “Iskandariyah”
- “Kirkuk Airbase”
- “Mosul Airport”
- “Al Sahra Airfield”
- “Rasheed Airbase/Al-Rashid Military Camp”
- “Tallil Airbase”

Morgan, Wesley, “Iraq Order of Battle,” Institute for the Study of War, September 2010

Multi-National Corps – Iraq, “Garry Owen Battalion scores ‘goal’ in Amarah,” 10/25/08

White, Josh, “Soldiers in Iraq Say Pullout Would Have Devastating Results,” Washington Post, 11/6/06

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