Sergeant Sion Odom
Sergeant Sion Odom of Lincoln was a
gunner/vehicle commander with Troop A, 1-167th Cavalry when it was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, from June
2005 until June 2006. The troop provided security for officers,
explosive ordnance disposal personnel, and convoys. Its mission
also included tactical combat patrols, targeting and surveillance,
and destruction of enemy weapons caches. Troop A became the most
decorated combat unit from the Nebraska National Guard since
World War II.
objects were loaned by Sion Odom
Sion Odom with the truck he
normally traveled in.
The barracks where he lived is in the background.
Commanders presented informal medallions
to soldiers who were doing an exemplary job.
Piece of marble from the floor of
one of Saddam Hussein's palaces.
This [video] is when we were cleaning
up after a car bomb
We were on a mission in Ramadi and taking
care of an IED when a dust storm came in. They usually lasted
10-15 minutes and the guys would just wait them out. I remember
about three of them during the deployment. They weren't choking
[the dust storms] but guys might cover their mouths if they had
These are IEDs that were found before
they blew up. Our unit would be called to get the IEDs when they
were discovered. Then we'd put them in a pit and blow them up.
This is from an EOD [explosive ordinance
Odom is in the rear vehicle.
A man was approaching an observation point
with binoculars and surveying it. Observation points were staffed
by soldiers and set up along highways about every mile or so
to observe the situation and watch for IEDs being laid. The suspicious
man was shot in the leg as it was believed he may have been a
suicide bomber. Our unit was called in to deal with him. They
found the man and Sergeant
Joe Dunlap is approaching him in this image. The man
did not have explosives and he was given medical treatment and
detained for questioning.
1-167th arriving home in Nebraska.
Sion Odom is in front on the right.
When things happen such as 9/11, soldiers
want to go do something about it.
--Captain Jeff Searcey, commander, Troop A, 1-167th Cavalry,
Nebraska National Guard
Jeff Searcy during his earlier
deployment with the 1-167th to Bosnia