Iraqi, Coalition Forces plan for success

By Spc. Jamie Vernon
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
BAGHDAD – Leaders from Task Force 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, and 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police Division, attended their first Joint Targeting Meeting at Combat Outpost Cashe South, southeast of Baghdad, Jan.9.
“The Combined Targeting Meeting helped provide 3-1 NP’s with insight on how Task Force Knight develops their independent targeting within the operational environment. The national police actively participated in the combined process, creating an open dialogue between NP leadership and their respective task force partners,” said Capt. Joseph Philips, a native of Atlanta, Ga., and the Iraqi security force liaison officer of TF 1-35.
The Iraqi police has become closely partnered with the Knights due to the growing responsibilities of the Iraqi security forces. The meeting was held to discuss the most recent success, the beginning of joint targeting, and marked the beginning of combined targeting efforts.
During the meeting, leaders from TF 1-35 demonstrated the targeting process and allowed input from the Iraqi police and subordinate battalions, enabling them to work more proficiently.
“This is a historic moment in the partnership between 3-1 NP and TF Knight,” said Maj. David Raugh, a native of Altoona, Pa., and the executive officer of 1st Bn., 35th Armd. Regt. “From this point forward, we will share a joint vision toward lethal and non-lethal operations and work together, hand in hand, to accomplish our goals,”