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Military related issues, on the War and Home Fronts, 2001 thru 2020

        “Again, Red Oak says goodbye to soldiers”  - Company F, 334th
           Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th
           Red Bull Infantry Division, dispatched to Afghanistan, 2010.


      “A land of isolation, frustration”    the Iowa National Guard
        in Afghanistan.  “You have to win over the Afghan people
                   village by village…that could take years.”


     The Afghanistan deployment marks the first time in more than
      60 years that Iowa National Guard units, including the 168th,
         have led U.S. operations in large, unstable territories:

                                Mission in Afghanistan –
Iowa Guard 1-168th Battalion’s role is ‘pretty historic’

      Most Iowa National Guard units were mobilized for the
  Global War on Terrorism following the 11 SEP 2001 terror
  attacks by al-Qaida, on New York, NY, and Washington, DC.
  Units, including the 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment,

     were subsequently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


168th Infantry Regiment and 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
            organizational structure as of the year 2020:

Red Bull Infantry Division  Rosemount, MN
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th
Red Bull Infantry Division  Boone
1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment
Headquarters  Council Bluffs
      Detachment 1  Camp Dodge
Company A  Carroll
      Detachment 1  Kansas
      Detachment 2  Storm Lake
Company B  Shenandoah
      Detachment 1  Council Bluffs
      Detachment 2  Corning
Company C  Camp Dodge
      Detachment  Kansas
Company D  Denison
Company F, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (attached)  Red Oak
      Detachment 1  Council Bluffs

     At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun 
    In the wild purple of the glowering sun,
    Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud 
    The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
    Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire. 
    The barrage roars and lifts.  Then, clumsily bowed 
    With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear, 
    Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire. 
    Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear, 
    They leave their trenches, going over the top, 
    While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists, 
    And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists, 
    Flounders in mud.  O Jesus, make it stop! 


      From Counter-Attack and other Poems, 1918
                        by Siegfried Sassoon,
           Captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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