Tulsa Soldier Playing Pivotal Role In The Iraq Drawdown

Friday, April 22nd 2011, 10:34 am
By: News On 6


CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – As the deadline approaches for all U.S. troops to exit Iraq, a Tulsa soldier with the 163rd Combined Arms Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, is playing a pivotal role in the drawdown.

Spc. John York, a gunner with Company B, 1-163rd CAB said between escort and security missions, the soldiers of Bravo Company conduct weapons and medical training, with continual rehearsal drills on reaction to improvised explosive devices.

Truck commander Sgt. Scott Leimkuehler said he and his teams mostly escort fuel trucks and transportation units throughout southern and central Iraq.

"I don't have to worry about my driver or my gunner," Leimkuehler said. "When we have to make a stop, I know York is up and is completely on top of things. But we are always cracking jokes and having fun together."

The soldiers of Company Bravo, as part of this ongoing mission, safely guide the drivers of fuel trucks and vehicles carrying ammunition from Contingency Operating Base Adder to Contingency Operating Base Kalsu.