This is dedicated to our son’s commander and good friend, CPT Robert C. Scheetz, Jr.
I didn’t know CPT Robert C. Scheetz, Jr. personally. I have heard about his "whatever it takes" attitude from those that served with him and for him at Iskandaryia, NorthBabil Province, Baghdad and in Germany.
CPT Thomas Bessler tells me that during times of conflict or war a "warrior attitude" is expected from the Intel Soldiers. And, he tells me that Rob gave his life for his country because he was an Intel Warrior doing the hard job until he died.
SGT Jim VanHatten, our son, says CPT Scheetz was "the best of the best".
Both tell me they were proud to know him and to fight with him.
This is what I learned from talking with men who knew CPT Scheetz.
While serving as BN (Battalion) Intelligence Officer, CPT Scheetz managed the execution of multiple complex and simultaneous tasks during continuous combat operations in Iraq from April 2004 to May 2004. His S2 shop (Intelligence) transformed into a flexible and agile Intel section that provided unprecedented intelligence support to counter-insurgency operations in Baghdad and North Babil, Iraq.
CPT Scheetz’s team was directly responsible for the capture, tactical interrogation, and exploitation of over 300 guerilla fighters and insurgent leaders. CPT Scheetz literally made Intelligence Corps history by establishing and overseeing two indigenous intelligence networks who’s responsive and penetrating collection efforts captured national-level enemy cells, insurgent financiers and operators, Militia fighters, weapon suppliers, and CENTCOM Black list members.
CPT Scheetz was investigating a recent rocket attack on his base camp in North Babil Province of Iraq when he was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He later died Memorial Day, 31 May 2004 from his injuries sustained.
His competence, dedication to duty, and superior analytical skills were responsible for the source vetting that later identified dozens of IED makers in North Babil, Iraq.
The Task Force’s successes were only due to his "what ever it takes" attitude and tireless efforts in support of combat operations. "Always Out Front!" the MI (Military Intelligence) Corps motto says it all.
I can only say these men will always hold a special place in their hearts for CPT Scheetz. You can see it in their eyes.