Caldwell, Michael, MSG

Armor (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Armor
Current/Last Primary MOS
19Z-Armor Senior Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1997-2000, 19K10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor
Previously Held MOS
19K10-M1 Armor Crewman
11Z50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Service Years
1994 - 2015
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Order of Saint George
Order of the Spur
Voice Edition

Master Sergeant


Six Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Army Physical Fitness Badge German Military Proficiency Gold 1st Armored Division 1st Cavalry Division

1st Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Armor Shoulder Cord German Sports Badge Order of The Spur

Order of Saint George (Bronze)


 Military Association Memberships
1st Cavalry Division AssociationUS Armor AssociationGeneral of the Army Omar Bradley Chapter
  2006, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  2007, US Armor Association
  2010, Association of United States Army (AUSA), General of the Army Omar Bradley Chapter (Member) (El Paso, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page


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OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Diamondback (Mosul Air Base), Iraq
Start Year
2003
End Year
2004

Description

In mid-April 2003, Mosul Airport was the temporary headquarters for several hundred US special forces and marines. Marines and Sailors of the 26th MEU (Special Operations Capable) were ordered into the Mosul International Airport in Northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. About 50 helicopters shuttled up to 5,000 troops of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from the outskirts of Baghdad to Mosul's airport, and trucks ferried them into Iraq's third largest city. The Marines and Sailors continued to build up this forward operating base to serve as a logistics hub for continued infrastructure assistance for the free people of Iraq.

Camp Diamondback, a 500-soldier base camp similar to what US forces occupied in the Balkans, was apparently located at Mosul Airport. The soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina at Camp Diamondback at Mosul were attacked with mortar fire regularly.

In June 2003, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) approved a contract for an internet service site for each battalion, and built an Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center, established a Post Exchange (PX; from which the brigades drew items to establish satellite PXs), and begun construction of more permanent base camp facilities at Mosul Airfield, one of the 101st Airborne Division's largest fixed bases.

The new Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facility at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) airfield in Mosul, which officially opened its doors in June 2003, was located where the 101st Assault Command Post operated shortly after the Division moved into the city in mid-April 2003. Colonel Jerry Dolinish, Commander, 101st Corp Support Group, was "tagged" with the responsibility of organizing the MWR facility by Brigadier General Edward Sinclair, Assistant Division Commander (Support), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The facility was also once an officer's club for the Iraqi Republican Guard before the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It subsequently housed a weight room, movie theatre, beach volleyball court, card game room, and a permanent stage that was to host future morale boosting performances.

   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
2003
To Year
2004
 
Last Updated:
Sep 26, 2019
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
1LT Perry, SSG Rod, SSG Cabrera, SGT Saravia, SGT Cook, SGT Delagarza, SGT Ruiz, SPC Bob, SPC East, SPC Locke, PV2 Holmes, SPC Gibson, SSG Gipson, SPC Galaz, PV2 Petersen, PV2 Cavenar, PV2 Johnson


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We all made it back home.

   
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