‘Tropic Lightning’ makes a difference

| November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Soldier with 25th ID hands out crayons to Iraqi children, recently. Since the division’s first mission in 2004, it has had a positive influence in Iraq and is now overseeing the drawdown of forces and the end of OND.

A Soldier with 25th ID hands out crayons to Iraqi children, recently. Since the division’s first mission in 2004, it has had a positive influence in Iraq and is now overseeing the drawdown of forces and the end of OND.

Story and Photo by
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Allen
U.S. Forces–Iraq

BAGHDAD — Since 2004, the 25th Infantry Division has had a positive influence and presence in Iraq, and now, the 25th ID is overseeing the end of Operation New Dawn.

“Tropic Lightning” units supported the first free elections in Iraq and helped to develop the Iraqi police and army units.

Units were major players during the surge, a critical crossroads between recovery and civil war for the Iraqis. Tropic Lightning Soldiers also acted as brokers during tensions between the Iraqi government and Kurdistan regional government, and they supported operations to secure and rebuild Mosul immediately following large-scale combat operations.

The service and sacrifice of our military and coalition partners have created opportunities for Iraqis and have provided them control over their destiny.

The 25th ID Soldiers, under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens Jr., senior enlisted leader, will go home, knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Iraq.

Tropic Lightning Soldiers represent the strength of our nation through their service, sacrifice, perseverance and character. Through these traits, Iraq has been given an opportunity for a sovereign and stable future.

The opportunity has come at great cost and sacrifice by the people of Iraq, all who have served here, including the men and women of the 25th ID and their families.

Families’ sacrifice and unwavering support to service members, especially during deployments, have made it possible for service members to answer the nation’s call.

Through these sacrifices, a door once locked has been opened for the Iraqi people to step through and join the free, self-reliant communities of the world. Tropic Lightning Soldiers are leaving Iraq knowing they were part of this great effort.

The 25th ID’s contributions will help to ensure a safer, more prosperous Baghdad, and an enduring, strategic partnership with the Iraqi army, federal police and the government of Iraq. This balanced partnership, led by the State Department, encompasses security, commerce, culture, education and economics.

 

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