Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom

The 226th Engineer Company of Augusta & Winfield, KS was mobilized on Jan. 2, 2003, and accompanied Active Army units on the initial attack into Iraq in the spring of 2003. On May 24, 2003 they were pulled back into Kuwait, and arrived home on July 4, 2003.

The 102d Military History Detachment left Kansas on Feb. 9, 2003, and joined the 3rd Infantry Division on their initial push into Baghdad, where they occupied one of the palaces and collected and preserved historical data pertaining to Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were released from active duty late in 2003.

Detachment 37, Operation Support-Aviation, fixed wing aircraft, flew missions in Baghdad, Mosul, Tikrit, Ballad, Basra, and Tullil in 2003, along with missions in Kuwait. They returned home in August, 2003. Six soldiers of Detachment 37 were deployed to Iraq in later 2007 and returned in May of 2008.

Members of the 190th Air Refueling Wing deployed for refueling missions as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. They returned to Forbes Field, Topeka, on April 27, 2003. Members of the 190th Medical Group deployed to Balad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008, where they were assigned to the intensive care unit lab and patient wards. Other members of the unit flew refueling and casualty evacuation missions throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 731st Transportation Company deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March of 2003 and returned home on June 12, 2004. During that time they logged more than 2 million miles and used more than 580,000 gallons of fuel in haul missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 2d Battalion, 130th Field Artillery deployed to Iraq on Feb. 15, 2004. After up-armoring their vehicles in Kuwait, they moved to the Baghdad International Airport, where they performed security and force-protection missions and operated the Joint Visitor’s Bureau. They returned home on Feb. 13, 2005.

The 137th Transportation Company (Olathe) was deployed in 2003, with 14 members serving in Iraq and the remainder at Ft. Bragg, NC. They returned home on Jan. 13, 2004.

Battery E, (Target Acquisition), 161st Field Artillery was mobilized on Sept. 20, 2004, and performed target acquisition duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom until Dec 3, 2005.

The Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 169th Corps Support Battalion (Olathe) , the 74th Quartermaster Company (Topeka), 137th Transportation Company (Palletized Loading System) (Olathe), and the 778th Transportation Company (Heavy Equipment Transport) (Kansas City, Manhattan, Emporia, and Council Grove), deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Oct. 29, 2004. The units returned home in December of 2005.

Four members of the Kansas Army National Guard’s Medical Command (Lenexa) deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Jan. 11, 2004. Fifty soldiers from the Kansas Army National Guard were deployed with the New York National Guard’s 42d Infantry Division on Aug. 18, 2004, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 500-member 891st Engineer Battalion was activated on Sept. 21, 2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Units were from Iola, Augusta, Chanute, Cherryvale, Coffeyville, Pittsburg, Fort Scott, and Winfield. Deployed to Iraq, they were engaged in force protection and engineer operational missions. The unit returned home by way of Kuwait on Dec. 17, 2005.