Army making progress in Baghdad despite heavy losses for 2nd Cavalry
Roadside bombs and small-arms fire in Baghdad have taken the lives of seven 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment soldiers in the Past two weeks.
Still, their brothers-in-arms have had recent success in locating weapons, bombs, and bomb-making material and taking it out of enemy hands, Army sources are reporting.
In Baghdad’s East Rashid District on Monday, members of Company G, 3rd Squadron, 2nd SCR, during anti-al-Qaida operations, were able to locate a building rigged to detonate. The resulting explosion damaged only the building, Multi–National Division–Baghdad public affairs reported in a release.
On Oct. 4, members of 2nd SCR, in conjunction with paratroops from the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C., were able to successfully capture six suspected enemy fighters without firing a shot or causing an injury.
The next day, 3rd Squadron troops located several homemade bombs in various states of readiness, including a lethal fire extinguisher and an explosive-filled pot.
On Saturday, 3rd Squadron troops evacuated several residents in the Dora neighborhood and blew up two buildings that had been found wired.
“Buildings rigged to explode pose a danger to residents and security forces,” Maj. Scott Pendell, a regimental spokesperson, told MND-Baghdad public affairs. “To leave these buildings standing would endanger the residents of East Rashid in the future.”
Troops from 2nd SCR have been patrolling in the area since Sept. 16 in an effort to provide security after deploying from Vilseck, Germany’s Rose Barracks in August.
Meza is seventh Vilseck GI killed in less than two weeks
The Pentagon has released the name of another Vilseck, Germany-based soldier killed in Iraq — the seventh in less than two weeks.
Cpl. Gilberto A. Meza, 21, of Oxnard, Calif., died Saturday in Baghdad of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit during combat operations.
Meza was a member of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. Since the 4,000-strong regiment left Rose Barracks in August, eight men have been killed.
Nicknamed the “Dragoons,” the unit is in the early stages of a 15-month deployment in and around Baghdad.
After attending several high schools in his hometown, Meza received his GED from the Oxnard Union High School District in 2004, the Ventura County Star reported. Further biographical information was not available Thursday.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Camino Del Sol Funeral Home in Oxnard.
A memorial ceremony for Meza; Spc. Avealalo Milo, killed Oct. 4; Sgt. Joseph B. Milledge, killed Oct. 5; and Sgt. Jason N. Marchand, killed Oct. 5, is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Rose Barracks chapel.
Members of the 2nd SCR community, friends and family are all welcome to attend the ceremony.
— Mark St.Clair