LEAD: When troops operate in an area of Iraq for a year, they're always looking for some sort of marker of progress to assess how they've impacted that area. One leader in One-Seven Cavalry says the markers of progress are plentiful, you just have to know where to look. Sergeant Nathan Jones shows us where to direct our attention in this report.
Captain Michael Liscano, C-Co. 1-7 CAV Commander
Nathan Jones, Reporting
N.d. Jones PLUS 26 minutes ago
LEAD: It's more than just physical training. Troopers from the 1st squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment at JSS Istaqlal are giving everything they've got to push through a tribute to their fallen called the "Combat Mile".
FONT: The U.S. presence on the streets of Baghdad has decreased since the security agreement went into effect on June 30th...but the absence is only physical. Sergeant Nathan Jones shows us how the soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division are keeping 6 years of combat experience out on the patrol routes of Baghdad.
LEAD: Six months. That's how long the guys in our next story have wanted to do what they've been TRAINED to do. Sergeant Nathan Jones takes us to a gun line in Taji, Iraq where field artillery soldiers from the Iron Horse brigade combat team are finally back to doing what they do best.
LEAD: Troops in Iraq have become accustomed to their roles as mentors and advisors. Some even enjoy it so much, they've volunteered for teaching positions multiple times. Sergeant Nathan Jones introduces us to one mechanic who likes churning future gear heads as much as he likes turning lug heads.