While it seems Iran and Afghanistan are getting most of the media attention these days, let’s not forget the huge deployment still situated in Iraq. Things are going better, but there are still bumps in the road ahead. There are more and more positive signs coming out of the country. For example, the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division cased its colors in a ceremony on August 11, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul in preparation for their redeployment to Fort Carson, Colo.
The ceremony marked the end of a year-long deployment in which the Soldiers of 1st Bn., 67th Armor Regt. served under 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Soldiers throughout the battalion shared their enthusiasm in returning home to Fort Carson and their families with an outburst of applause as they watched the unit’s colors disappear into a protective fabric case.
“The ceremony today marked the end of our successful one-year deployment here in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Casey, the battalion’s commanding officer and a native of San Jose, Calif.
Soldiers with 1st Bn., 67th Armor Regt. are expected to be home within the month. I expect we’ll be seeing more of these stories. That or more troops being sent to Afghanistan to replicate the Iraq success there. It’s only a matter of time. The bad guys are on the run and have nowhere to hide. They were rooted out (for the most part) in Iraq and now Afghanistan (and Pakistan or Iran if they want) are going to be next on the list. It’s time to do things right and we finally are – with two presidents continuing the work being done over there.
Sgt. Stryker out.
Judges Conference in Iraq
Gen. Abud Qanbar Hasim Khayun al-Maliki, commander, Baghdad Operations Center, participates in a Judges Training Conference for judges from the Central Criminal Court, Iraq, at Camp Victory, near Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 4. The conference is for judges to become more familiar with how coalition forces handle and process forensic evidence, and how that evidence can be incorporated into their courtrooms. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Edwin L. Wriston
A judge from the Central Criminal Court, Iraq, enjoys chai during a Judges Training Conference, at Camp Victory, near Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 4. The conference is for judges to become more familiar with how coalition forces handle and process forensic evidence, and how that evidence can be incorporated into their courtrooms. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Edwin L. Wriston
Iraqi Police Training Post
Iraqi police officers of the Yaychi police station wait for their cue during the Yaychi Police Station Validation Ceremony, in Yaychi, Iraq, July 29. The ceremony commemorates the fact that members of the Yaychi police station have completed their training and are ready to patrol the streets of Yaychi. Photo by Richard Morgan
Iraqi soldiers look at a destroyed bridge near the village of Shubaykah, in the province of Kirkuk, Iraq, July 22. The bridge was destroyed by insurgents with the use of an improvised explosive device. Photo by Richard Morgan