Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq

Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq

by Pat Proctor


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605907772
Publisher: Government Institutes
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Pat Proctor (US Army) is an Iraq War veteran with over seventeen years of active service. As a joint operational planner in Iraq in 2007, he participated in General Patraeus’ Joint Strategic Assessment Team and the campaign redesign of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to Iraq in 2009 as a battalion operations officer, where he directed continuous combat operations across two-thirds of Saddam Hussein’s home province of Salah ad Din. He holds master’s degrees from the US Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advance Military Studies. He is currently the chief of plans for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas and a doctoral student in history at Kansas State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Ad Dawr 9

Chapter 2 Corporal Carrasco 39

Chapter 3 Lt. Col. Ahmed al Fahal 63

Chapter 4 The Jadir Brothers 81

Chapter 5 Sheikh Sabah al Shimiri 119

Chapter 6 Task Force Wolfhounds 163

Epilogue 199

Index 205

About the Author 217

What People are Saying About This

William B. Caldwell IV

Lieutenant Colonel Pat Proctor provides valuable insight into the adaptability of the American Soldier and the versatility of tactical leaders in war. His compelling narrative provides an in-depth account of how his battalion implemented counterinsurgency theory in one corner of Iraq.

H.R. McMaster

As we approach the twilight of the war in Iraq, it is widely acknowledged that the public understands too little about the experience of soldiers who have been engaged in that conflict over the past eight years. In Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq, Pat Proctor sheds light on the political, human, and psychological dimension of that experience, recounting how he and his soldiers fought across an area the size of New Jersey to achieve an outcome consistent with our interests and worthy of the sacrifices so many have made. This is a compelling account not only because it helps explain the American military experience in Iraq, but also because it reveals the difficulties that our soldiers are likely to confront in future conflicts.

David Kilcullen

Traditionally regarded as a squad leader’s fight, counterinsurgency in Iraq was often more of a Battalion commander’s war. Colonel Proctor’s excellent account of his experiences as a Battalion S3 should be required reading for military or civilian students, for leaders seeking to master this complex art, and for anyone interested in how Americans handled the critical transition from combat operations in Iraq.

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