Thursday, June 30, 2005

CW4 Ed Hosmer

This is my husband CW4 Ed Hosmer over there in the beginning of the war. This is some of the local kids watching as some of our soldiers are being baptized in the Euphrates River.

Malissa D. Hosmer

48th BCT/ 3rd Id

My name is Nicole Bell and I am requesting for some photos of my husband be put on this site. I would love to see his face . He is with the 48th and he is currently deployed to Iraq. He is with Alpha Co 1-121 and his name is SGT Bell, Gary. Please let me know if this is possible and if there's anything else that needs to be done....I would be grateful! These photos are right before he left, unfortunately I don't have any of him in Iraq yet. Thanks in advance....

Monday, June 27, 2005

New memorial for War Dogs

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Calloway salutes at the beginning of the War Dog Memorial re-dedication Combat Tracker Reunion Military Dog Handler Day, Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Fort Benning, Ga. The gathering was to recognize and remember the sacrifices made by military men and dogs. The War Dogs were used in World War II and during the the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the current wat in Iraq. (AP Photo/The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, G.Marc Benavidez)

Friday, June 17, 2005

Looking for Soldier Stories

The Rome News-Tribune is actively seeking Rome/Floyd County area soldiers, sailors, Marines and contractors for a series of articles about the troops in the Middle East. If you or a loved one are stationed in the Middle East and want to tell your story please e-mail

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

48th Infantry Brigade: Gallery 4



Monday, June 13, 2005

Sgt Robert C. Waters, 48th, 3rd ID, Medical Platoon

Sgt Robert C. Waters

No doubt you are taking fantastic care of your men there, take good care of
yourself also.

We love you and support you, your family, and your men and pray for you all

Come home soon.

Rick and crew

4 soldiers from 48th injured

Mortar hits base where unit members are stationed

By Gray Beverley, Special to the Rome News-Tribune

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq — Four soldiers of the 48th Brigade Combat Team were among eight people injured in a Sunday morning mortar attack, brigade officials said.

The identities of the victims were not disclosed, and their medical condition was not available by 7 p.m. local time.

Brigade spokeswoman 2nd Lt. Selena Owens said three of the injured brigade soldiers are being treated at 86 Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad’s international, or “green,” zone.

The fourth was treated at the camp and returned to duty, Owens said. She said a brigade medic is being credited with saving lives.

The identity of that medic, likely a member of the brigade’s 108th Armor regiment, was not immediately available, Owens said.

The 108th Armor, based out of Calhoun, is part of the 48th Brigade, which was called to active duty in January and crossed from Kuwait into Iraq in May. It includes soldiers from across Georgia, augmented by about 1,600 troops from Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, Rhode Island, Alabama and Puerto Rico.

The mortar struck at 8:51 a.m., Owens said, and the victims were either in their sleeping tent or right outside of it.

Those with more serious injuries were taken to the green zone by land, Owens said. She said low visibility due to blowing sand had grounded flights.

The attack occurred at Camp St. Michael near the Iraqi town of Mahmudiyah, about 15 miles from the brigade’s headquarters near the Baghdad airport.

St. Michael is a “forward operating base” where members of the first battalion of the 108th Armor regiment are stationed. Those soldiers are tasked with securing an area that is considered particularly dangerous for coalition forces.

A total of eight people were injured in Sunday’s attack, Owens said. Of the four who are not members of the brigade, a civilian was taken to the green zone hospital and three people were treated at the camp and released, she said.

Sunday’s mortar strike is the second reported attack that has injured members of the brigade. On May 31, a rocket landed at an airport-area military shopping complex, wounding six members of the brigade.

The brigade’s 4,300 citizen-soldiers make up the largest combat unit of the Georgia National Guard to deploy since World War II. It’s also the largest unit of Georgia guardsmen to be mobilized since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Friday, June 03, 2005

48th Infantry: Gallery 3



Thursday, June 02, 2005

Troops in 48th injured

The soldiers were hurt during a mortar attack on a shopping complex near Baghdad.

by Gray Beverley/Rome News-Tribune Correspondent

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq — Five members of the 48th Brigade Combat Team were injured in a Tuesday night mortar attack on the Camp Liberty shopping complex.

Two of the soldiers were seriously injured in the attack, which happened about 7:30 p.m., and they were taken to a medical facility in Germany, said brigade spokeswoman 2nd Lt. Selena Owens.

Pfc. Kevin Cohrs of Brunswick was inside the post exchange building that is 50 to 100 feet from the blast.

“All I heard was a big humming noise and a big boom,” Cohrs said. “The PX filled up with dust.”

Cohrs said he went outside to see bodies strewn on the plaza.

Most of the brigade arrived in the Baghdad area this week. Those stationed at Camp Striker can take a 20-minute shuttle bus ride to Camp Liberty, where the shopping complex offers a larger post exchange, Popeye’s Chicken and Burger King restaurants, and a variety of local fare.

The vendors surround an outdoor concrete plaza with wooden gazebos. The mortar hit the plaza about 30 feet from a shaded area where soldiers wait for the shuttle buses.

Owens said one person was killed and 11 people were injured in the attack.

The injured soldiers have not been identified.

A separate mortar hit Camp Striker at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. No one in the brigade was reported injured in that attack, Owens said.

Owens said two soldiers injured in the Liberty blast have returned to duty, and one is being treated at a combat support hospital in the section of Baghdad known as the “green zone.”

Owens said Wednesday night that she did not have an update on the condition of the soldiers taken to Germany.

2nd Lt. Michael Persley of Albany said he can sit outside his tent at Camp Striker just about any night and hear gunfire. But Persley, an Albany police officer, said the sound does not bother him.“It’s mainly us firing at them,” he said.

Persley said larger explosions during the day are not out of the ordinary.

“The one that happened (Wednesday) — it was close enough that I felt it,” he said.

By Wednesday afternoon, repairs had been made to the Liberty shopping plaza. Cohrs said a hole caused by mortar fire was about one-and-a-half square feet wide and one-and-a-half feet deep.

“It was just a big reality check,” Cohrs said.