25th ID deploys in support of Operation New Dawn

| December 4, 2010 | 0 Comments
A Soldier with 25th ID spends quality time with his children directly after the deployment ceremony, Nov. 24, on Sills Field. The division is deploying to Iraq in support of OND. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division.)

A Soldier with 25th ID spends quality time with his children directly after the deployment ceremony, Nov. 24, on Sills Field. The division is deploying to Iraq in support of OND. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division.)

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs,
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from throughout the U.S. Army-Pacific, families and and friends gathered to bid farewell to the 25th Infantry Division during a deployment ceremony, Nov. 24, on Sills Field, here.

The division will deploy for a year in support of Operation New Dawn.

This deployment is the unit’s fourth, and the third one to Iraq.

Approximately 700 Soldiers deployed to Iraq, with the last group departing Wednesday.

“These troops are entering into a difficult, dangerous and the most important mission a division could take on, since this conflict (in Iraq) began,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commanding general, USARPAC, and the reviewing officer and guest speaker for the ceremony. “They are brave, strong and they are dedicated.”

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, command sergeant major, 25th ID, will lead the Tropic Lightning Division during its tour to Iraq.

“Gen. Champoux, you will succeed,” Mixon said. “I can’t think of a better officer to lead this unit into its upcoming mission.”

The division has a strong legacy, formed here, Oct. 1, 1941.

The division received its first combat fire during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Since that fateful day, the unit has seen many changes, including its most prominent change to become a light infantry division, Oct. 1, 1986.

The first time the division was called to arms after the change to light infantry was in 2004, to Iraq.

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