‘Warrior’ Brigade departs for Iraq

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Jesus J. Aranda & Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs 

Commanding officers and senior leaders from 2nd “Warrior” Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and each of its subordinate battalions, stand in formation with their respective unit colors during their deployment ceremony, at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, June 24. During the ceremony, each unit formally cased its colors to symbolize the unit’s deployment to Iraq. The brigade will deploy as an advise and assist brigade in support of Operation New Dawn in Northern Iraq, where it will be at the forefront of training and empowering the Iraqi security forces. (Spc. Jesus J. Aranda | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Families and guests gathered for a deployment ceremony at Sills Field, here, June 24, to bid farewell to the Soldiers of the 2nd “Warrior” Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The ceremony honored Soldiers from the brigade’s six subordinate battalions: 1st Bn., 14th Infantry Regiment; 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt.; 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.; 2nd Bn. 11th Field Artillery Regt.; 2nd Bn., 14th Cavalry Regt.; and 225th Brigade Support Bn., and the brigade’s Headquarters & Headquarters Company, who stood in formation during the ceremony.

Approximately 3,800 Warriors are departing on a 12-month deployment as an advise and assist brigade in support of Operation New Dawn in Northern Iraq.

The Soldiers will be at the forefront of training and empowering Iraqi security forces. 

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, 25th ID commanding general and reviewing officer for the ceremony, wished the departing Soldiers well and expressed confidence in their ability to perform the mission. 

Operation New Dawn signifies the planned removal of U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2011.

“You stand before us today demonstrating that you are ready, you will take care of the mission, and you will take care of each other,” Champoux said in his remarks. 

Col. Malcolm Frost, commander, 2nd BCT, will lead the brigade throughout its deployment, overseeing the support and assistance to Iraqi government officials and security forces at all levels. Among the brigade’s highest priorities is helping Iraqi officials build enduring security and stability capacity for the Iraqi people.

Sgt. Michael Johnson, a fire support sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, playfully tosses his son, Hunter, up into the air following the brigade’s deployment ceremony held at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, June 24. (Spc. Jesus J. Aranda | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)During the ceremony, unit commanders joined Frost in a simultaneous casing of brigade and battalion colors, signifying the brigade’s departure for their new mission in Iraq.

As the ceremony concluded, family members rushed onto the field to embrace departing Soldiers.

“I am ready for this deployment, but it is going to be hard leaving my three daughters and my wife, even though I know my family will be taken care of while I am away,” said Spc. Brandon Cabalar, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT.

“You are never ready for a deployment,” said Cabalar’s wife, Tanya. “This is my husband’s second deployment. I just take it day by day.”

Champoux expressed his gratitude for the Soldiers and families who endure hardships during deployment.  

“We are witnesses to (your) commitment, dedication and … willingness (to serve),” Champoux said. “This division and this community stand before you to pledge to you that we will take care of your families and loved ones.”

The brigade will operate in several key regions of northern Iraq, including the Diyala, Salah ad Din and Kirkuk provinces. During the brigade’s previous 15-month deployment to Iraq, December 2007-March 2009, Warrior units operated within an area encompassing more than 1,500-square miles north of Baghdad.

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