When the Nightstalkers deployed home in January, they were replaced by the 506th Infantry.
The 506th is the "Currahee!" outfit of "Band of Brothers" fame; its soldiers today are every bit as combat-ready and dedicated as the paratroopers who fought their way from Normandy to the Eagle's Nest.The numerous successes achieved by the Nightstalkers earned them distinction, and a nomination, along with the entire brigade, for a Valourous Unit Award. When they left Iraq, they passed the torch to "Currahee", and it continues to burn brightly in one of Iraq's toughest turfs!
Ralph Peters is a 'guest" of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division:
For all the rabid headlines about "civil war in Iraq," it's a relatively quiet night in Baghdad. The terrorists - counting on media support - are far from giving up. But they no longer have the initiative on the 506th's turf.
And that area includes over 4 million people in a huge swath of bad-ass Baghdad: notorious districts such as Sadr City and Salman Pak, and a potentially volatile mix of Sunni and Shia Arabs, as well as Kurds and Christians.
This is the heartland of the civil war that doesn't exist. In fact, it looked like quite a success story over the last week - but you didn't hear about that, of course.
Read more about this band of brothers, and their successes here.