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K.Ingraham wrote:Well, the the RRD MFF jump, there's the guy manning the display at RR'07 wearing the MFF wings with mustard stain... :)

I recently read, I'm pretty sure it was in Army Times, an article describing an SF MFF mission since '06 in Iraq. Very detailed.
The ODA concerned had trained up for it pre-deployment and watched for a mission where they could apply the skills and jumped on it when the opportunity arose. (pun intended).
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Yeah, in fact it was that article that generated the MFF thread that I can't find. Again, I remember discussion of more than the one RRD jump... but no other ones have been granted Assualt Landing Credit... at least not yet.

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. wrote:
Everett Ruess wrote:I remember discussion of more than the one RRD jump... but no other ones have been granted Assualt Landing Credit... at least not yet.
Yes, there has been more than one combat MFF from RRD and they have orders for them, assault landing credit awarded, whatever you want to call it.

I know for a fact that RRD now RRC jumped 3 times in GWOT, 2 MFF and 1 Static. All by Team 3. The first MFF and Static were only 2 days apart. The second MFF was about a year later. My former TL while in RRD jumped all 3.
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I copied and pasted this from a PDF file I have. It didn't paste in all that well but it is still readable. You can see the date of September 2006 on it so there might be something more current. It has only the publicly known jumps or air assaults. I know there were several other jumps but both Tier 1 units at the beginning of the war also.

If anyone wants to see the PDF send me a pm with your email and I'll send it your way.


GENERAL ORDERS
NO. 10 } HEADQUARTERS
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, DC, 25 September 2006
UNITS CREDITED WITH ASSAULT LANDINGS
Section
General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I
List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II
I—GENERAL.
1. In accordance with the provisions of AR 600-8-22, paragraph 7-25, the units listed in section
II below were designated by the Senior Army Commander in the theater operations as having
participated in a parachute (to include free fall), amphibious, or helicopter assault landing.
2. When entering individual credit on the Enlisted Record Brief or Officer Record Brief, this
general orders may be cited as authority for such entries for Soldiers who were present for duty
as a member of or attached to a unit listed herein and actually participated in a combat
parachute jump, free fall combat jump, helicopter assault landing, combat glider landing, or
amphibious assault landing at the place and time during the period indicated. A Soldier must
actually exit the aircraft or landing craft to receive assault landing credit.
3. Under the provisions of AR 600-8-22, paragraph 7-25, the designation of a combat assault
l a n d i n g i s d e t e r m i n e d a n d a p p r o v e d b y t h e S e n i o r A r m y C o m m a n d e r i n t h e t h e a t e r o f
operations. Eligibility of individuals to wear the bronze arrowhead on the designated campaign
medal (Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, or Afghanistan
Campaign Medal) is established by this approval. This approval also authorizes eligible Soldiers
to affix a bronze service star to their Parachute Badge or the Military Free Fall Parachute
Badge, denoting completion of a combat parachute jump or combat free fall jump.
II—LIST. The following units were designated by the Senior Army Commander in the theater
o f o p e r a t i o n s a s h a v i n g p a r t i c i p a t e d i n a p a r a c h u t e ( t o i n c l u d e f r e e f a l l ) , a m p h i b i o u s , o r
helicopter assault landing.
a. Shahi Khowt Valley, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 0211Z-1045Z hours, 2 March 2002 to 3
March 2002.
31st Infantry, 4th Battalion, Company C
87th Infantry, 1st Battalion
101st Airborne Division, 3d Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters, Detachment
187th Infantry, 1st Battalion, Detachment
187th Infantry, 2d Battalion, Detachment
320th Field Artillery, 3d Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battery,
Detachment
326th Engineer Battalion, Company C, Detachment
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b. Helmand Desert, Afghanistan (Parachute), 1845Z-0014Z hours, 19 October 2001 to 20
October 2001.
75th Ranger Regiment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Company A, Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Company C, Detachment
c. In the vicinity of Alimarden Kan-E-Bagat, Afghanistan (Parachute), 1800Z-2334Z
hours, inclusive, 13 November 2001.
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Company B, Detachment
d. Near Chahar Borjak, Nimruz Province, Afghanistan (Parachute), 1345Z-1445Z hours,
inclusive, 25 February 2003.
75th Ranger Regiment, 2d Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 2d Battalion, Company A, Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 2d Battalion, Company C, Detachment
504th Infantry, 3d Battalion, Company B, Detachment
e . B a z a r a k a M o l a k h e l , A f g h a n i s t a n ( H e l i c o p t e r ) , 2 1 0 0 Z t o 2 1 3 0 Z h o u r s , i n c l u s i v e , 1 9
October 2001.
Operational Detachment A 555, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
f. Dehi, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 1955Z to 2025Z, inclusive, 19 October 2001.
Operational Detachment A 595, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
g. Dasht-e-Qal’eh, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2000Z to 2030Z, inclusive, 26 October 2001.
Operational Detachment A 585, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
h. Yakawolong (~ 50 kms south of M-e-S), Afghanistan (Helicopter), 1930Z to 2000Z,
inclusive, 26 October 2001.
Operational Detachment C 51, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
i. Yakawolong, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2100Z to 2130Z, inclusive, 2 November 2001.
Operational Detachment A 534, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
j. Dehi, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2130Z to 2200Z, inclusive, 2 November 2001.
Operational Detachment C 53, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
k. Naylowr, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2030Z to 2100Z, inclusive, 3 November 2001.
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Operational Detachment A 553, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
l. Dasht-e-Qal’eh, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2210Z to 2240Z, inclusive, 8 November 2001.
Operational Detachment A 586, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
m. Bagram, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2350Z to 0020Z, inclusive, 8 November 2001.
Operational Detachment A 594, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
n. Deh Berenj Qal-eh, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2015Z to 2045Z, inclusive, 11 November
2001.
Operational Detachment A 554, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
o. Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2120Z to 2150Z, inclusive, 14 November 2001.
Operational Detachment A 574, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
p. Bagram, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2015Z to 2045Z, inclusive, 15 November 2001.
Operational Detachment A 575, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
q. Bagram, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 1900Z to 1930Z, inclusive, 15 November 2001.
Operational Detachment B 550, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
r. Shin Narai Valley, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2140Z to 2210Z, inclusive, 19 November
2001.
Operational Detachment A 583, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
s. Dowshi, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2015Z to 2045Z, inclusive, 26 November 2001.
Operational Detachment A 532, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
t. Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2130Z to 2200Z, inclusive, 28 November 2001.
Operational Detachment C 52, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
u. Jalalabad, Afghanistan (Helicopter), 2200Z to 2230Z, inclusive, 30 October 2001.
Operational Detachment A 572, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
v. Bashur and Sulaymaniyah airfields in Northern Iraq (Helicopter), 1200Z hours, 21
March 2003 to 1200Z hours, 23 March 2003.
1st Special Forces, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Headquarters and Headquarters
Company
1st Special Forces, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 2d Special Forces Battalion
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1st Special Forces, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 3d Special Forces Battalion
352nd Special Operations Squadron (United States Air Force)
1st Air Support Operations Squadron (United States Air Force)
13th Air Support Operations Squadron (United States Air Force)
22nd Special Tactics Squadron (United States Air Force)
w. Bashur Drop Zone in Northern Iraq (Parachute), 1700Z to 1737Z hours, inclusive, 26
March 2003.
1st Special Forces, 10th Special Forces Group
2d Special Forces Battalion, Detachment
74th Infantry, Detachment
173d Airborne Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company
173d Support Company
250th Medical Detachment
319th Field Artillery, Battery D
501st Support Company
503d Infantry, 2d Battalion
508th Infantry, 1st Battalion
4th Air Support Operations Squadron (United States Air Force)
86th Contingency Response Group (United States Air Force)
x. Northwestern Desert region of Iraq, in the vicinity of the town of Al Qaim, near
the Syrian boarder (Parachute), 1830Z to 2230Z hours, inclusive, 24 March 2003.
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Company C
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
Detachment
24th Special Tactics Squadron, Detachment (United States Air Force)
y. At H1 airfield in western Iraq, west of the Haditha Dam and the town of Haditha
(Parachute), 1835Z to 1200Z hours, 28 and 29 March 2003.
27th Engineer Battalion, Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
Detachment
75th Ranger Regiment, 3d Battalion, Company A
24th Special Tactics Squadron, Detachment (United States Air Force)
GO 10
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z. Southeastern region of Afghanistan (Free Fall), 1735Z to 1800Z hours, inclusive, 3 July
2004.
75th Ranger Regiment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Regimental
Reconnaissance Detachment, Team 3
[AHRC–PDO–PA]
DISTRIBUTION:
This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for the Active Army, the
Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the United States Army
Reserve.
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Lonergr77 - that's the DAGO I was referring to. . - I know they've made more than the one jump, I didn't know they had orders already. No DAGO has been published granting assault credit for the other jumps which is why I've made little mention of them. Interesting that they (the individual soldiers) have been awarded the mustard stain that comes with it but no DAGO has published granting the assault landing credit. At least it's good to know the jumps are now fully "Public"! :D
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None of this is a secret, but the closest the 82nd got in Iraq, if I am not mistaken, was the planned BIAP jump in March of 2003. The entire thing was planned, rehearsed, heavy drop platforms rigged, and, at least in my unit, individual rucks/gear was rigged as well.

Plan was to jump in the 2nd BCT(-) into the airport, receive air lands, and hold it for +/-72 hours until 3rd ID or 1MEF could make their way up and conduct a relief in place. The plan hinged on at least a semi-permissive environment, regime collapse, and presumed enemy capitulation. Thing is, the enemy template on the objective was not cooperating and the powers that be, as bad as they wanted that jump, couldn’t war game the scenario without losing at least one aircraft. So, the operation we planned for over a month was scrapped and within 24 hours we had everything de-rigged and a new GAC plan was formulated and executed.

Again, I might be wrong in regards to how close other 82nd units got to an actual, official "combat jump", but the 2nd BCT was close.

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Interesting insight Roster#, thanks. Sounds a lot like the 1943 plan to drop the 82d on Rome in the early days of the Italian campaign in an effort to hasten that regime's collapse.
An interesting "what-if."
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To second what Roster #253 said, one of the initial plans for invading Iraq called for a mass-tac drop on Baghdad. Supposedly something along the lines of blanket the city, move to your sectors and start clearing in small groups. Along with the airdrop there were plans in place for the 101st's Pathfinder and Lrsd to jump into the city and then find/ run LZ's to bring in more troops to continue the assault so that there were multiple groups moving through the city doing what small groups of unsupervised soldiers have been doing since the first days of warfare.
And again, that plan was called off because of the projected loss of troops/ equipment, as well as not knowing for sure if Saddam would use NBC of us and where his "Red line" to use it was. It was decided that a ground assault would be conducted instead, with armor leading the way, just hauling ass and blowing through as much resistance as possible and leaving clearing and securing operations for the dismounts.
At least all of this is what was relayed to me while I sat in the Kuwaiti desert waiting to see when, how and where we were actually going to go into Iraq.
And lastly, in my notes from the first few days, I'm fairly certain we crossed the berm ahead of the "official timeline" of 19 March. Does anyone else have the same recollections that were there?
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Happy wrote:My ranger buddy is in the 173rd. After getting screwed over by the system after trying to come back to regiment after his ETS. (that's another story for another day)

Anyway, another friend of mine talked to him on yahoo the other day i know that he jumped into Iraq. I don't know if it was for the gold star though. My friend wanted to ask about the Regiments involvement in that jump but just felt unsecure on the internet. We will probably have to wait till more boys get back to find out for sure.
If someone has confirmed this, sorry. I have a good Ranger Buddy who's still in, he was in the 173rd jump, he does have a mustard stain. I've never seen his ERB, so I couldn't tell you if he was BSing or not. BUT, he wore it on his uniform at RTB (he was a fellow RSLC RI), and nobody said shit. I'm pretty sure they'd bust him out!

IMO, that jump wasn't "combat". I personally was already in country, in a surveillance hole outside of An Najaf. My team opted NOT to jump in, due to the risk. Yeah, it would have been sexy, but 6 LRPS w/ AT LEAST 125lbs of gear- one guy goes down the whole mission is a scratch. Not to mention that this was prior to the "H" hour, and we were a few hundred K north of the Line...

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It was a combat jump all right, hindsight is always 20:20.
You don't know until the day is over if the bad guys are going to pull a fast one from the beret.
The Army recognizes reinforcement drops as combat jumps. Hollandia and Salarno '43 come to mind, back in the "big one."
They can't all be Corregidor or Tagatay Ridge.
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I'd like to apologize if my last post seemed like I was talkin shit, it is really just an opinion based on what I've had others relate to me...


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Slowpoke wrote:What is an "SO" and an "SSO"?


And walk softly in Rabel Hall, it's named after a great Ranger!
Sorry, I always thought they were fairly standard terms.
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antmcg79 wrote:
Slowpoke wrote:What is an "SO" and an "SSO"?


And walk softly in Rabel Hall, it's named after a great Ranger!
Sorry, I always thought they were fairly standard terms.
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Slowpoke wrote:What is an "SO" and an "SSO"?


And walk softly in Rabel Hall, it's named after a great Ranger!
Roger that! He was a 173 LRP, correct? (and yes, I know about and greatly respect the MoH)


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