Deployed Forces: Iraqi general brings ‘New Dawn’ to Diyala province

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Capt. Timothy Nash
U.S. Division-North

Staff Brig. Gen. Diaa, new commander for the 5th Iraq Army Division, expresses his gratitude for the chance to celebrate the relationship between the Iraqi army and U.S. forces.DIYALA, Iraq — Soldiers and leadership from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, welcomed staff Brig. Gen. Diaa, commander, 5th Iraqi Army Division, at the dining facility on Forward Operation Base Warhorse, Iraq, Aug. 14.

Diaa took command of the 5th IAD in Diyala during a time of change. The drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq places the responsibility of Iraq’s security on the shoulders of Iraqi security forces, with U.S. forces in an “advise and assist” role. 

In a province like Diyala, where attacks still occur regularly, the security of Iraqi people is directly dependent on 5th IAD.

“He has, as we say, ‘the right stuff’ to build a team and to reinforce his ideals and beliefs,” said Lt. Col. Mel Williams, chief, 5th IAD stability transition team. “The one thing that you’ve got to understand about leadership is that leadership (is) not just talking. Leadership is about execution and about being a role model, and Diaa is that by all accounts.

“I see a man who’s willing to initiate change, and I see a man who’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right,” Williams said. “I see the next year — that we’re going to be working hand-in-hand with these guys — as a very challenging year. I am 100 percent confident that Diaa is the right person to be at the helm of this division and (to) steer it in the right direction.”

The direction is set. Sept. 1, U.S. forces will change the name of the mission from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn, launching a new era for a new division commander.

“It is my hope that, in a few years, you will all return to Diyala as civilians and as our guests so that we can share in the peace that we established here together,” Diaa said.

Story and Photo byCapt. Timothy NashU.S. Division-NorthDIYALA, Iraq — Soldiers and leadership from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, welcomed staff Brig. Gen. Diaa, commander, 5th Iraqi Army Division, at the dining facility on Forward Operation Base Warhorse, Iraq, Aug. 14.Diaa took command of the 5th IAD in Diyala during a time of change. The drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq places the responsibility of Iraq’s security on the shoulders of Iraqi security forces, with U.S. forces in an “advise and assist” role. In a province like Diyala, where attacks still occur regularly, the security of Iraqi people is directly dependent on 5th IAD.“He has, as we say, ‘the right stuff’ to build a team and to reinforce his ideals and beliefs,” said Lt. Col. Mel Williams, chief, 5th IAD stability transition team. “The one thing that you’ve got to understand about leadership is that leadership (is) not just talking. Leadership is about execution and about being a role model, and Diaa is that by all accounts.“I see a man who’s willing to initiate change, and I see a man who’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right,” Williams said. “I see the next year — that we’re going to be working hand-in-hand with these guys — as a very challenging year. I am 100 percent confident that Diaa is the right person to be at the helm of this division and (to) steer it in the right direction.”The direction is set. Sept. 1, U.S. forces will change the name of the mission from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn, launching a new era for a new division commander.“It is my hope that, in a few years, you will all return to Diyala as civilians and as our guests so that we can share in the peace that we established here together,” Diaa said.

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