“Operation Northern Delay: The US Airborne Invasion of Iraq from a First-Hand Perspective”
Dr. Dirk Ringgenberg
Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.
On 26 March 2003, in the first weeks of Operation Iraqi Freedom, USAF C17 Globemasters from 4 different Air Wings transported 1,000 paratroopers from the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade and conducted a night mass tactical combat parachute assault into Bashur Airfield, Iraq, as part of Operation Northern Delay. The operation forced the Iraqi Army to maintain approximately six divisions to protect its northern flank, providing strategic relief for Coalition Forces advancing on Baghdad from the South.
Mr. Dirk D. Ringgenberg is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in the Department of Military History and a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. Dirk is a highly decorated (Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor) retired Major with a distinguished military career spanning 24 years, predominately in Paratrooper and Ranger units. He participated in Operation Northern Delay as a Captain. Dirk and wife, Michelle live in Landing, Kansas with son, Hunter.
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