NEWS | April 27, 2008

Mahmudiyah radio station ready for first broadcast

By Kerensa Hardy Sgt. 1st Class, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Coalition forces provided training on April 24 to local citizens employed at the new radio station on the Iraqi army compound in Mahmudiyah.

The Mahmudiyah IAC received new radio station equipment on April 12 to increase communication means in the area, in conjunction with Operation Marne Piledriver.

The new station, 106.5 FM, will be used as a conduit to keep the community informed. The inaugural broadcast will air April 27.

During the training, employees learned the program clock, types of broadcast, equipment familiarization and how to create scheduling calendars for future events.

Iraqi army soldiers from 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division also received training on the equipment from Company A, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, attached to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The Iraqi soldiers may fill in if regularly scheduled employees are unable to travel.

Soldiers from 3-320th FA are working to inform local Iraqis about the new station and available services offered by Operation Marne Piledriver.