A national policeman from 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police Division and a Soldier from Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment provide security as a Concerned Local Citizen helps set up a guard tower at a CLC checkpoint Jan. 20. The three groups worked together as part of a two-day joint operation to clear out insurgents and set up CLC checkpoints northeast of Salman Pak. (U.S. Army Photo/Sgt. Timothy Kingston, 55th Combat Camera)
By Spc. Ben Hutto
3rd HBCT Public Affairs
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, conducted a two-day combined operation with the 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police Division and Concerned Local Citizens in Zelig, northeast of Salman Pak, Jan. 20-21.
Thirteen insurgent fighters were killed, two enemy trucks were destroyed and 14 improvised explosive devices were found during the course of the operation.
Capt. William Clark, Wheeling, Ill., the commander of Company A, said Concerned Local Citizens took the lead in the operation. He said the group uncovered the majority of IEDs found and cleared homes along major routes in and out of Zelig.
Company A assisted the Concerned Local Citizens in setting up checkpoints by providing materials and equipment.
“Locals are coming out to help build checkpoints with the Concerned Local Citizens,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Jemison, from Metairie, La., a Soldier in 1-15 Inf. Regt. “The results of the operation were very positive.”
The 1-15 Inf. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March 2007.