25th ID assumes authority of USD-C from 1st Armored Div.

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (left), commander, 25th ID; and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, command sergeant major, 25th ID; uncase the division’s colors, Dec. 20, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq. The 25th ID assumed control of the USD-C Headquarters during the ceremony. (Cpl. Daniel Eddy | 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 25th Infantry Division)

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (left), commander, 25th ID; and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, command sergeant major, 25th ID; uncase the division’s colors, Dec. 20, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq. The 25th ID assumed control of the USD-C Headquarters during the ceremony. (Cpl. Daniel Eddy | 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Kimberly Johnson
196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 25th Infantry Division

 

BAGHDAD — Soldiers with 1st Armored Division, U.S. Division-Center passed the torch to 25th Infantry Div., USD-C Soldiers, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, Dec. 20.

The 25th ID has the task of continuing the advise, train and assist mission its predecessors, the 1st Armored Div., worked diligently to establish with senior Iraqi security forces and Iraqi government leaders throughout the greater Baghdad area and Anbar province.

“The 25th ID falls in on a well-oiled process and they will make the necessary adjustments they see fit, based on incoming commanding general Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux’s actions,” said Maj. Gen. Terry Wolff, commanding general, 1st Armored Div., USD-C.

Command Sgt. Maj. Valerie Greene (front left), command sergeant major, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID; and Lt. Col. Paul Romagnoli, commander, HHBN; uncase their colors, Dec. 16, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (Cpl. Daniel Eddy | 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 25th ID)

Command Sgt. Maj. Valerie Greene (front left), command sergeant major, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID; and Lt. Col. Paul Romagnoli, commander, HHBN; uncase their colors, Dec. 16, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (Cpl. Daniel Eddy | 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 25th ID)

Wolff said communication has been constant between the incoming and outgoing divisions since the summer of 2010. The 1st Armored Div. sent Soldiers to train and advise 25th ID Soldiers on what to expect when they got into theater. Topics focused on the evolving partnership between U.S. forces and their ISF counterparts, as the ISF is taking full control of the security in Iraq.

“I am very optimistic about the Iraqi leaders who have been conducting security in Iraq since July 2009,” Wolff said. “Since then, the Iraqis took ownership, responsibility and accountability for the security in Iraq. U.S. forces are the minority partner. The Iraqis are the majority partner. It’s their responsibility and they have to answer to their prime minister, their government and their people.”

Even though the Iraqis now have full responsibility for the security of their country under Operation New Dawn, the partnership between USD-C Soldiers and ISF existed long before the transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

“We have been working with the ISF for years, which is why we military (members) are quite optimistic about what we are seeing, and (the ISF’s) ability to astound us,” Wolff said.

Soldiers from 25th ID are responsible for training and advising Iraqi soldiers. The 25th ID will also continue the partnership with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Inf. Div., USD-C, who was already in  theater.

“We are seeing a lot of progress, as far as the Iraqis moving forward and building capacity within their government, their army and police forces,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Altman, senior enlisted advisor, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

“Enjoy your time with the Iraqis,” Wolff said to Champoux, during the transfer of authority ceremony. “The Iraqi leaders we deal with are quite remarkable. And virtually all of them are for a greater good. We spend an enormous amount of time with them and they are incredibly grand men who want a better Iraq.”

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