RCT-7 Liaison Officer, 11A Infantry Officer, Task Force 2-2, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
Episode 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Interviewer: Chief Warrant Officer William Hutson
Camp Baharia, Iraq - November 20, 2004
Courtesy of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps History Division
I was ROTC [reserve officer’s training corps] commissioned from Virginia Tech, commission infantry. Attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course, airborne school, and ranger school, at Fort Benning. First tour was at Fort Drum, New York, with the 10th Mountain Division, where I was an infantry rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and company XO [executive officer]. Following that, I attended the Infantry Captains Career Course, and I stayed at Fort Benning, Georgia, to be instructor at the Infantry Officer Basic Course for two years. Following that, I was stationed in Germany with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, which is the headquarters for Task Force 2-2 infantry.
We deployed to Iraq in February of 2004. Task Force 2-2 has been operating in country since we’ve been here, however, the organization that we brought to Fallujah was put together as a specific package for Fallujah. It consisted of the battalion headquarters, Headquarters Company with scouts and mortars. They brought one mechanized infantry company, Alpha Company 2-2, and they brought a Tank Company, Alpha 263, and the also brought the brigade reconnaissance troop [BRT], which is the BRT or Fox Troop, 4th U.S. Calvary. We have a total of 650 soldiers.