Task Force Legion’s “Geek Squad”

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By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs

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BAGHDAD, Iraq – The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade isn’t all on ground at Victory Base Complex but that doesn’t mean there’s not work to be done.  Members of Headquarters, Headquarters Company quickly fell in to help pave the way for the entire brigade to conduct its mission as part of Operation New Dawn, especially Spc.  Jackson Gudgel.

Gudgel, a native of Louisville, Ky., is deployed as a 25B, or Information Systems Specialist.  He mans a brigade “help desk”, assisting with any and all issues Soldiers have with their e-mails, networks or general information technologies.   The job is a tough and important task considering the necessity of setting up communication and access requirements for every Soldier.

Kentucky Soldiers will be filling the shoes of the 116th Cavalry Brigade and Gudgel says there’s a lot to benefit from the opportunity to work side by side with Soldiers you are replacing.

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Spc. Jackson Gudgel, a native of Louisville, Ky., is deployed as a 25B, or Information Systems Specialist. He mans a brigade “help desk”

“Its great to have the 116th still here helping,” he said.  “They’ve been here awhile, they know what’s been going on and what kind of problems they have run into.  It helps us learn our job better and know in advance what kind of problems we may face.”

Not only is transitioning jobs an important task, adjusting to a new environment is as well.  Gudgel said the weather could be worse and living conditions are pretty good.

“I’m just trying to get used to Baghdad, [find] where everything is and how to get around,” he said.  ”At least it is cooler than Kuwait, and chow is great … good meals all around.”

Gudgel said he’s looking forward to finding a rhythm in all aspects of the 149th MEB’s deployment and doing his job properly to assist all his fellow Soldiers as they all work towards completing the mission in Iraq.

“We’ll complete this transition, then all I’m looking forward to is going home,” he said.

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