Xmas stockings bring holiday smiles from our brave soldiers, courtesy of our Special Friends at Sherwin-Williams in Texas.
2-12 Commander LTC John D. shows off T-Shirt included in several care cartons from our Special Friends at Sherwin-Williams in Arlington, TX, who have been supporting the 2-12. There are many Texans in the Battalion and Sherwin-Williams is located in Arlington, TX, so it's a great fit for them -- and for the 2-12th FA. Thanks team!
2d Battalion, 12th Field Artillery 4th Brigade, 2d Infantry Division
LTC John D.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has been supporting the 2-12th since this Spring. These brave soldiers are stationed in Fort Lewis, WA, and have been in Iraq since April 2007. Our adoptee is a family friend of one of our core supporters. In addition, our Special Friends at Sherwin Williams have just picked up the 2-12th since their former unit, the 209th ASB 'BlackSheep' have returned home. To make things even more "special" for these folks from Arlington, TX, there are Texans in the 2-12th. So our Special Friends from Sherwin Williams are even more proud to support this fine and brave unit.
LTC D, CPT T with local sheiks/tribal leaders at a local leader engagement.
LTC D re-enlisting five heroes at the Hands of Victory Memorial in Baghdad - a significant demontration of their commitment to service, and their decision to continue to support and defend our nation's freedom.
Some Background on the Hands of Victory Memorial:
To celebrate his "victory" over Iran, Saddam decided to build a Triumphal Arch. The concept of a triumphal arch is a European import, without precedent in the Middle East since Roman times.
The colossal Hands of Victory monument has dominated Baghdad's skyline since the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Built in duplicate, it marks the entrances to a large new parade ground in central Baghdad, towering 140 feet above the highway. The triumphal arch is shaped as two pairs of crossed swords, made from the guns of dead Iraqi soldiers that were melted and recast as the 24-ton blades of the swords. Captured Iranian helmets are in a net held between the swords. And surrounding the base of the arms are another 5,000 Iranian helmets taken from the battle field. The fists that hold the swords aloft are replicas of Saddam Hussein's own hands. The German company that built the monument, H+H Metalform, said it was given a photograph of Saddam's own forearms to use as a model.
When Saddam inaugurated these triumphal arches, he rode under them on a white horse -- an allusion to the steed of Hussein, the Shi'ite Muslim hero martyred at nearby Kerbala. The day before the first bombing run on Baghdad during the 1991 Gulf War, Iraqi TV showed a mass of Iraqi soldiers marching beneath the huge crossed swords of the Victory Arch, to the theme music from 'Star Wars.' In April 1998, Iraq's "volunteer army" paraded for six hours in Baghdad's "Grand Festivities Square," the large outdoor arena marked by the two sets of enormous crossed swords.
A 2-12 FA platoon post operation on the rear ramp of a Stryker.