Benning soldiers seize cache in Iraq

Soldiers from two of Fort Benning's deployed units teammed up Thursday for in an operation that resulted in the largest cache seizure for the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team since the beginning of operations southeast of Baghdad in late March.

Five suspected insurgents were detained by members of the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, and a company from the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, and four weapons caches were discovered near the Iraqi town of Jisr Diyala.

Each cache found and destroyed decreases the munitions and improvised explosive device making materials available for insurgents to use against the populace and coalition forces, said Capt. Jimmy Hathaway, commander of the 3-1 Cav's Headquarters Company.

"Ultimately, this mission was a step in the right direction towards making Iraq a more secure and safe region," he added.

"The mission established the standard that coalition forces are not going to stand for anti-coalition force activity," said 1st Lt. Donovan Duke of New Cumberland, Pa., a platoon leader with Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. "We are here to establish a safe environment in cooperation with the Iraqi Security Forces for the Iraqi citizens."

The following was seized from the four caches: Eight fuses, four artillery rounds, three rockets, nine hand grenades, 56 mortars, 10 rocket propelled grenades, more than 15 pounds of C4 explosives and miscellaneous bomb-making materials and unidentified explosives.