2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons"

2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" Welcome to the official page for 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry.

Operating as usual

04/28/2021

Golden Dragons #burningitdown while conducting explosive breaching and room clearing operations during Platoon Live Fire.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7

#ROTL
#repsandsets
#MountainTough
#breaching

Breach- To break through or secure a passage through natural or man-made obstacle.

04/26/2021

More Action from Fort Polk. As the "Golden Dragons" gets some #setsandreps during Platoon Live Fires.

#MountainTough
#ROTL
#supportbyfire

"Golden Dragons" burning it down in JRTC conduct Platoon Live Fires.  Establishing support by fire positions to enabling...
04/26/2021

"Golden Dragons" burning it down in JRTC conduct Platoon Live Fires. Establishing support by fire positions to enabling the assault force freedom of maneuver onto the OBJ.
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
#ROTL
#MountainTough
#ThisIsMySquad
#supportbyfire
“Suppression is a tactical task used to employ direct or indirect fires on enemy personnel, weapons, or equipment to prevent or degrade enemy fires and observation of friendly forces. The purpose of suppression during breaching operations is to protect forces reducing and maneuvering through an obstacle".

The Golden Dragons received an LPD given by Mountian 6 and Mountain 7 regarding TTPs and best practices for live fire ex...
04/24/2021

The Golden Dragons received an LPD given by Mountian 6 and Mountain 7 regarding TTPs and best practices for live fire exercises and building lethality at echelon while here at the joint readiness training center. ROTL! 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 10th Mountain Division Climbtoglory7 Mountain 6
#climbtoglory #repsandsets #rotl

TEAM 8 representing the Golden Dragon,2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division! Co...
04/14/2021

TEAM 8 representing the Golden Dragon,2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division!

Competition starts this Friday.

#RLTW
#ROTL

TEAM 8 representing the Golden Dragon,2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division!

Competition starts this Friday.

#RLTW
#ROTL

Best of luck to the BEST RANGER team representing the 10th Mountain Division.1LT Bristow and 1LT Manhart#ROTL#ClimbToGlo...
04/12/2021

Best of luck to the BEST RANGER team representing the 10th Mountain Division.

1LT Bristow and 1LT Manhart

#ROTL
#ClimbToGlory

Good luck to 1LTs Jacques Bristow and Cole Manhart, 2-14 IN, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division as they get ready to compete in this year's Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, GA. 10th Mountain Division

Great work!!SPC Wright from our S6 shop below found 4/4 points in 1.5 hrs!#ROTL#staygolden
04/07/2021

Great work!!

SPC Wright from our S6 shop below found 4/4 points in 1.5 hrs!

#ROTL
#staygolden

Headhunters out this morning doing night and day Land Nav, organized by the mortar platoon. SPC Wright from our S6 shop below found 4/4 points in 1.5 hrs!

2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons"

Golden Dragons,General Order 1G is here.Link to the full order below.#ROTL#staygolden
03/19/2021

Golden Dragons,

General Order 1G is here.

Link to the full order below.

#ROTL
#staygolden

The latest updated General Order 1G is here and it is a big one. Check out the image below for the key highlights. If you want to get the full scoop, click on the link below https://www.flickr.com/gp/drum10thmountain/0T0Y4C Stay informed and stay #MountainTough!

03/17/2021

SPC Morales showing off his impressive home. He’s created an amazing home for himself in our very own barracks. #thisismyhome #mountaintough #ROTL

Climbtoglory7
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Today, as we conduct a joint Change of Command and Change of Responsibility, we say a sorrowful “Goodbye” to CPT Austin ...
03/16/2021

Today, as we conduct a joint Change of Command and Change of Responsibility, we say a sorrowful “Goodbye” to CPT Austin Sanderson and 1SG Daniel Bryan, and a happy “Welcome” to CPT Benjamin Zvirzdin and 1SG James Calfa. CPT Sanderson and 1SG Bryan, you were an integral part of the COHORT family and your absence will be felt. CPT Zvirzdin and 1SG Calfa, welcome to the family; we look forward to working with you.

@2bct10mtn
@fd10thmtn

#climbtoglory
#commandos
#rotl
#parabellum

Some highlights from Light Fighter Certification that the Battalion has been conducting over the past month and half.Ope...
03/08/2021

Some highlights from Light Fighter Certification that the Battalion has been conducting over the past month and half.

Operating in sub zero temperatures is an art and takes a lot of skill! Our Soldiers spend a week navigating thier way across frozen terrain while reacting to contact, setting in an ambush, and Battle Drill 6 live fires!

@fd10thmtn @2bct10mtn @climbtoglory7 @climbtoglory6

#army #rotl #mountaintough #courageandhonor #climbtoglory #arctic #freezing #thisismysquad

Congratulations to Cohorts very own PFC Zack Kitchen for graduating the US Army Ranger School and earning the coveted Ra...
03/08/2021

Congratulations to Cohorts very own PFC Zack Kitchen for graduating the US Army Ranger School and earning the coveted Ranger Tab! We are very proud of you!

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

#ROTL
#mountaintough
#ThisIsMySquad

"Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier..." - The Ranger Creed

Congratulations to Cohorts very own PFC Zack Kitchen for graduating the US Army Ranger School and earning the coveted Ranger Tab! We are very proud of you! 10th Mountain Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade 4th Ranger Training Battalion U.S. Army
#army #ranger #ROTL #mountaintough #courageandhonor #ClimbToGlory #RLTW #leadership

Great work SFC Murphy for keeping us #ROTL!“WOLFPACK”ROTL!
03/06/2021

Great work SFC Murphy for keeping us #ROTL!

“WOLFPACK”

ROTL!

03/03/2021

ROTL!!!

02/25/2021
Expanded Gym Hours

Good News Golden Dragons,

Atkins Gym will be open 24 hours start 1 March. Also updated gym schedule for the other gyms on post.

#mountaintough

ROTL!

02/16/2021

Due to severe weather on 16 February 2021 the Fort Drum Garrison Commander has issued a DO NOT REPORT ORDER. Unless notified otherwise by their chain of command/supervisor, Fort Drum non-emergency/non-essential uniformed military personnel and civilians will not report to duty/work. Emergency and Mission Essential personnel WILL report unless notified otherwise by their chain of command/supervisor.

The Fort Drum Welcome Center remains open for new arrivals (Soldiers). All other agencies in Clark Hall are closed and all previously scheduled activities and appointments must be rescheduled.

Child and Youth Services (Child Development Centers, School Age Center) are CLOSED.

The Guthrie Ambulatory Healthcare Clinic, all troop clinics, OB/GYN Clinic at Samaritan, and all dental clinics are CLOSED.

All gyms are closed.

The Commissary is closed.
Rail head is mission essential and will report for duty.

Call your AAFES business to check if it is open.

We urge all members of the Fort Drum community to exercise caution when traveling and practice good winter-weather safety. All Government Vehicles follow Road Condition Guidance identified in Appendix C (Road Condition Reference Chart) of Fort Drum Regulation 525-27.

We encourage members of the Fort Drum community to monitor local news media for weather conditions and stay abreast of Fort Drum's status by using one or more of the following methods: The Fort Drum Information Hotline 315 772-DRUM (3786). The Fort Drum website at www.home.army.mil/drum. Winter weather safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be found at www.ready.gov/winter-weather. Monitor local driving conditions at https://511ny.org.

02/16/2021

Please be aware: Due to inclement weather on 16 Feburary 2021, at the Garrison Commander has issued a DELAYED REPORTING order. Unless notified by their Chain of Command, non-emergency / non-essential MILITARY personnel will report at 9:30 a.m. Emergency / mission-essential personnel WILL report as scheduled unless notified otherwise by their chain of command.
Non-emergency / non-mission-essential CIVILIAN personnel will report to duty/work no later than 9 a.m. Emergency / mission-essential CIVILIAN personnel WILL report as scheduled unless notified by their chain of command / supervisor.

* Child and Youth Services (Child Development Centers, School Age Center) open at 8:30 a.m.
* The Guthrie Clinic, OB/GYN Clinic at Samaritan, and all troop and dental clinics open at 9 a.m. All patients with appointments before 9 a.m. should reschedule their appointments.
* Commissary will open at 9 a.m., except on Mondays.
* All AAFES locations are open for business as scheduled.
* All additional support services are closed until 9 a.m.; any activities / appointments scheduled before 9 a.m. must be rescheduled.
Fort Drum Welcome Center: All in-processing Soldiers with appointments TODAY in Clark Hall must report to Clark Hall at 9:30 a.m. and can contact their respective platoon sergeant for additional information.

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We urge all members of the Fort Drum community to exercise caution when traveling and practice good winter-weather safety. All government vehicles follow Road Condition Guidance identified in Appendix C of Fort Drum Reg 525-27.
We encourage members of the Fort Drum community to monitor local news media for weather conditions and monitor Fort Drum's status by using one or more of the following methods: The Fort Drum Information Hotline at 315-772-DRUM (3786); Fort Drum website at www.home.army.mil/drum FEMA winter weather safety tips can be found at www.ready.gov/winter-weather. Monitor local driving conditions at HTTPS://511NY.ORG.

Congratulations to PFC George from Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry!  This profession and holistically fit 2-14IN service m...
02/09/2021

Congratulations to PFC George from Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry! This profession and holistically fit 2-14IN service member proved he’s #mountaintough by earning his Ranger Tab at the Army’s Premier Leadership School.

Rangers Lead the Way
#ROTL
#ThisIsMySquad

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

02/06/2021
Stay Mountain Tough

Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry with Climbtoglory7

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2-14IN Unbreakable Warriors and MAW Certified Cadre, SSG Quijano, expertly coaching and burning it down during UBW PT at...
02/05/2021

2-14IN Unbreakable Warriors and MAW Certified Cadre, SSG Quijano, expertly coaching and burning it down during UBW PT at Monti Gym.

#ROTL
#ThisIsMySquad

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

2-14IN Unbreakable Warriors and MAW Certified Cadre, SSG Quijano, expertly coaching and burning it down during UBW PT at Monti Gym.

#ROTL
#ThisIsMySquad

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

Photos from Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry's post
02/05/2021

Photos from Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry's post

Reps and Sets... Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry conducting squad training in this week.#ROTL2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th...
02/04/2021

Reps and Sets... Charlie Company 2-14 Infantry conducting squad training in this week.

#ROTL

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

Ares Co 2-14 Infantry getting reps and sets in the local training area to build ridiculously goods squads.#ROTL2nd Briga...
02/04/2021

Ares Co 2-14 Infantry getting reps and sets in the local training area to build ridiculously goods squads.

#ROTL

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

02/03/2021
2-14 D Co Demons

2-14 D Co Demons executing Crew Gunnery burning it down.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7
Mountain 6

Demon Company building proficiency in degrade climates @climbtoglory7 @climbtoglory6 @csmcommando7 @2bct10mtn @usarmyforscom @xviiiairbornecorps #DLTW

HHC 2-14 training hard to win the 10th Mountain Division D Series again this year.2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain...
01/29/2021

HHC 2-14 training hard to win the 10th Mountain Division D Series again this year.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

ROTL!

BN Mortars with the help of the medics getting after EIB tasks this week - first aid and weapons. Prepping for the upcoming D-Series.

Pictured:
1. SGT Loe teaching mortars how to apply a tourniquet.
2. SFC Becker teaching how to fill out casualty care card
3. SPC Rogers filling out SPC Jimenez's casualty care card.
4. SPC Rogers and PFC knight competing in taking apart M240 as part of EIB tasks

2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons"

01/26/2021
Mountain 6

Golden Dragons,

Words from MTN 6...thank your spouse for everything they do.

ROTL!

Happy National Spouse Day. Now go out and thank your spouse for everything they do. CTG. Climbtoglory7 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain "Patriots" 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade 10th Mountain Division Band 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division 10th Mountain Division U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 10th Mountain Division Artillery 10th Mountain Division Light Fighters School

Recognizing SSG Murphy Platoon Sergeant in Ares Co 2-14 Infantry for being the distinguished honor grad of his SLC cla...
01/25/2021

Recognizing SSG Murphy Platoon Sergeant in Ares Co 2-14 Infantry for being the distinguished honor grad of his SLC class.

Receiving a 10th Mountain Division coin and a letter from Mountain 6.

ROTL!!!

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

WE GO WHERE OTHERS DARE NOT GO, THROUGH THE HEAT OR COLD OR SNOW!EXCELLENT WORK COHORT COMPANY!!ROTL!!!2nd Brigade Comba...
01/23/2021

WE GO WHERE OTHERS DARE NOT GO,
THROUGH THE HEAT OR COLD OR SNOW!

EXCELLENT WORK COHORT COMPANY!!

ROTL!!!
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Climbtoglory7

Check out these photos of our men and women getting after some great training this week! COHORT!

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#mountaintough #army #cohort #training #ROTL #courageandhonor 10th Mountain Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons"

Golden Dragons,If you live in the barracks there’s a new way to submit a maintenance request.See the information below.
01/20/2021

Golden Dragons,

If you live in the barracks there’s a new way to submit a maintenance request.

See the information below.

If you live in the barracks there's a new way to submit maintenance requests! The U.S. Army Maintenance Application (ArMA) lets Soldiers include photos and provide a description of an issue or access a maintenance catalog from Public Works. You'll get service updates through the app, be able to check your request status and provide feedback all from your cell phone.

Check it out and register today. Just like everything installation related, you can open your Digital Garrison app and find the link to ArMA right at the top! Read more about this new program here: https://bit.ly/2MarLrf

CPT Zaradich Commander and his team CPT Sullivan, 1LT Klee, and SGT Shelley of 2-14 HHC Headhunters has developed and em...
01/19/2021

CPT Zaradich Commander and his team CPT Sullivan, 1LT Klee, and SGT Shelley of 2-14 HHC Headhunters has developed and employed training, tactics, techniques and procedures to improve the lethality and communication bridging the gap for a modern expeditionary force, like the 10th Mountain Divisionwith a creative an innovative option to conduct retransmission given common communication equipment.

The full article covering this topic will be publish in the upcoming Infantry Bugler.

Excellent work from the Head Hunter Team.

ROTL!!!

Few pictures showing the TTPs in action with some historical pictures as well.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

01/18/2021
Mountain 6

Golden Dragons and Families,

Words from MTN 6.

ROTL!!!

Today we celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 10th Mountain Division 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain "Patriots" 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division Climbtoglory7 10th Mountain Division Band

Golden Dragons,A quick reminder to join us tomorrow at the Commando Warrior Restaurant DFAC Commando Cafe: Dining Facili...
01/13/2021

Golden Dragons,

A quick reminder to join us tomorrow at the Commando Warrior Restaurant DFAC Commando Cafe: Dining Facility of 2BCT, 10th MTN Division from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our holiday meal celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We will be introducing a new and improved burger bar with some great offerings!
Don't forget to grab some of the hearty, healthy MTAP Meal Prep to-go plates to cover you over the four day weekend!

Commandos, a quick reminder to join us tomorrow at the Commando Warrior Restaurant DFAC Commando Cafe: Dining Facility of 2BCT, 10th MTN Division from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our holiday meal celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will be introducing a new and improved burger bar with some great offerings! Nothing about it will be average...

Don't forget to grab some of the hearty, healthy MTAP Meal Prep to-go plates to cover you over the four-day weekend!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for this special meal!
2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons", 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria", 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons", 41st Engineer Battalion, 210 Brigade Support Battalion, Havoc Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Drum Medical Activity
01/12/2021

Fort Drum Medical Activity

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division's Cpl. Andrew Henson, a medic at the Conner Army Medical Home, shares why he volunteered to receive the #covid19vaccine! #ArmyMedicine is #ArmyStrong!

01/11/2021
10th Mountain Division

10th Mountain Division

BG Funck and CSM Terenas received their COVID-19 vaccinations today in order to protect not just themselves, but also their #MountainTough Soldiers and community.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain "Patriots" 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade 10th Mountain Division Artillery

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Last updated 06 November 2012 _______________________________________________________________ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unit History 2-14IN “Golden Dragons” The 14th Infantry Regiment formed in August 1861, at Fort Trumbull, CT. During the Civil War, they participated in every major campaign in Virginia. At the war’s end, the Regimental Commander asked General Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac, where the regiment should be positioned for the final review. He answered, “The Fourteenth has always been to the front of the battle and deserves the place of honor… TAKE THE RIGHT OF THE LINE!” This became the motto. After fighting the Indians in Arizona, Montana and Wyoming, the 14th Regiment moved to Vancouver Barracks, Washington until 1898. The War with Spain required the Regiment to deploy to the Pacific to seize Spanish possessions there. On the way to the Philippines, the 14th captured the island of Guam and arrived at Manila in time to take part in the final assault on the capital. On 8 July 1900, Chinese nationalists revolted and besieged the embassies of the U.S. and other European nations in Peking. The regiment moved to the rescue and led the way over the walls of the capital. When the Chinese surrendered, the 14th Regiment acquired the nickname the “Golden Dragons.” Revolution in Mexico required the 14th Regiment to move to Douglas, AZ in 1916. These duties prevented the Regiment from completing its preparations for deployment to France during World War I and instead deployed to the Panama Canal. By 1943, the Regiment returned to the U.S. to train for operations in Europe against the Germans. The Regiment landed in France in January 1945 and reached the fighting front in March. It participated in campaigns to break the Siegfried Line, The Rhine River, and the drive across Central Germany and Austria. The 14th deactivated after the war at Ft. Carson, Colorado in 1948. On 1 August 1951, the 14th Regiment transferred to the 25th Infantry Division in Korea. During the Korean War, the “Golden Dragons” acquitted themselves in small unit actions in Chorwon and on Heartbreak Ridge. After the cease-fire, the Regiment returned with the 25th Infantry Division to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The 14th Regiment again saw conflict in Vietnam in 1966. The Second Battalion of the Fourteenth Regiment fought with the 25th Infantry Division through Tet in April in 1968, the battle of Tay Nihn, and Cambodian incursions in 1970. By December 1970, the 2nd Battalion returned to Hawaii and deactivated on 5 June 1972. On 19 December 1985, the 2nd Battalion of the 14th Infantry Regiment reactivated at Ft. Benning, GA as the Light Infantry COHORT Battalion in the 10th Mountain Division. On 4 November 1988, the 2nd Battalion, fourteenth Infantry Regiment relocated at Ft. Drum, New York. The “Golden Dragons” have also participated in operational deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Hurricane Andrew relief in Homestead, FL; Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia; Operation Uphold Democracy in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti; Operation Joint Guardian in Slavonski Brod, Croatia and Tuzla, Bosnia; Kosovo rotation 3B, and Operations Iraqi Freedom 1, 2.5, and 4. The 2-14 “Golden Dragons” answered the call for OIF-1 in March of 2003. Operating in northern and western Iraq, 2-14 IN conducted operations in conjunction with Special Forces groups providing needed combat power to ensure the success of numerous special operations missions. 2-14 IN seized key targets, facilitated the transfer of high value enemy personnel, and secured numerous special operations forward operating bases. The “Golden Dragons” redeployed the majority of the battalion in July of 2003, however C Company was needed to continue operations with Special Forces through March of 2004. The “Golden Dragons” accomplished historically-significant operations in Western Baghdad, crippling the anti-Iraqi insurgency in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2.5 from June 2004 to June 2005. During the first four months of operations in Southern Baghdad TF 2-14 decisively cleared three Corps MSRs of enemy activity, ensuring an unimpeded flow of needed logistical convoys. TF 2-14 also prevented virtually all mortar and rocket attacks on the Baghdad International Airport, enabling the start of the first regular air service and commerce to Baghdad since the start of the war. In November of 2004 TF 2-14 assumed responsibility for the notorious suburb of Abu Ghraib. By the time the “Golden Dragons” redeployed in June of 2005 enemy activity in Abu Ghraib was greatly mitigated, resulting in two nearby Corps MSRs secured for convoy traffic, and the Baghdad Airport Complex being virtually free of mortar and rocket attacks. The 2-14 “Golden Dragons” again answered the call of duty during OIF 06-08 between August 2006 and November 2007, this time taking on the infamous Shakriyah “Triangle of Death” to the south and west of Baghdad proper. The Battalion conducted a daring nighttime assault to capture the Yusifyah Thermal Power Plant, a looming structure on the edge of the Euphrates River long known to be an insurgent safe haven, during the first months of the deployment. Today this once-feared structure of steel and concrete is called Camp Dragon, and serves as an integral Base of Operations for forward deployed soldiers and their units. Also during OIF 06-08, TF 2-14 conducted Combat Riverine Operations for the first time since the Vietnam War, enabling Golden Dragon soldiers to move with impunity across the Euphrates River and close with insurgents nestled in the villages on its western banks. In the closing months of the deployment, TF 2-14 was at the forefront of the Commando Brigade’s “Concerned Citizens” initiative, which garnered international attention for its successful attempts to reconcile former insurgents back into the Iraqi Security Forces. In the Golden Dragon Area of Operations alone, over 6,000 local tribesmen were enrolled in the program, given identification cards, and put to work defending their homes and families against Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQIZ) terrorists. The drop-off in violence during the last three months of the deployment was remarkable, and speaks volumes to both the quality of the Brigade initiative and the character of the soldiers who carried it out. By accomplishing all its assigned missions TF 2-14 facilitated the continued transformation of Iraq into a free and democratic country. 2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment deployed yet again with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) to the greater Baghdad area in support of OIF 09-10 on 15 October 2009. Occupying Joint Security Stations (JSS), 2-14IN set the standard in forging a positive partnership with the Iraqi Security Forces and left a lasting impression of friendship to the Iraqi people. 2-14 IN alongside the 4-1 / 8-2 Federal Police and 43-11 Iraqi Army conducted over 1300 partnered patrols, securing the largest cache in the Baghdad area for OIF 09-10. The joint units teamed up in training events at the local JSSs to strengthen bonds and establish SOPs for combined operations. Task Force Dragon assisted in logistical and quick reaction force operations in support of pre elections and elections in early March 2010. Soldiers assisted the Iraqi Federal Police and Army in enhancing the force protection and security of polling sites and stood ready to roll out in the event of a MASCAL incident as part of a consequence management package. The majority of operations included Humanitarian Aid in the form of clothing, school supplies, and home water purifiers. 2-14IN worked with Local contractors and the Federal Police to begin a Flex Maintenance Worker Program that focused on neighborhood cleanup. Isolated projects included opening 3 water treatment plants and developing the Gates of Baghdad program that improved the overall security and safety of local roads by lighting the roads. Soldiers from the Golden Dragons were among the first to transfer control of Joint Security Stations to the Iraqi Federal Police in the 9 Nissan / New Baghdad area, closing a total of 4 in three months. After leaving 9 Nissan and the New Baghdad area in early May, the Golden Dragon were called on to assist 1-3 Advice and Assist Brigade to strengthen ties with the 23-17 and 25-17 Iraqi Army. This new mission set was conducted simultaneously while acting as the Division Reserve and was conducted south of Baghdad in an area formally occupied by 2-14, known as the “Triangle of Death”. There the Golden Dragons conducted over 20 mixed Humanitarian Aid Projects and Combined Medical Engagements, treating over 1500 local citizens. Citizens said that they felt much safer in the area, long held by terrorists, and were proud to see Iraqis taking the lead in their towns to quell the violence. 2-14 redeployed to FT Drum on 1 August 2010. The “Golden Dragons” continue to hold the place they have held since 1861, at the RIGHT OF THE LINE!

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