Sgt. 1st Class Joe M. Battle
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — More than 200 Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, were reunited with families and friends during a ceremony, here, Tuesday, following a yearlong deployment in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq.
This arrival marks the third wave of 25th ID’s elements exiting Iraq as a part of a 2008 U.S. agreement to withdraw all U.S. troops by the end of 2011.
“They are the last U.S. Army division in Iraq,” said Col. Matthew Kelley, deputy commander-rear, 25th ID. “Their mission was to oversee all forces as they were withdrawing and removing equipment from Iraq.
“That mission is just about accomplished,” he added.
With the end of 2011 fast approaching, the leadership of 25th ID, currently deployed in Iraq, will also be able to make it home for the holidays. Senior leaders and key personnel have spent the last year serving as the command and control element for U.S. Division–Center.
A ceremony to mark the redeployment of the final U.S. division in Iraq will be held, here, Dec. 18.
Since late 2010, more than 700 HHBN Soldiers have served as the support element for 25th ID’s headquarters.
The unit was responsible for leading the advise, train and assist mission throughout central Iraq. It’s currently the last division headquarters under U.S. Forces- Iraq and responsible for overseeing operational-level detail, command and control needed until the completion of U.S. forces withdrawing from Iraq.
The remaining 25th ID Soldiers in Iraq are scheduled to return by New Year’s Eve.
A ceremony to mark the redeployment of the final U.S. division in Iraq will be held at Wheeler Army Airfield, Dec. 18.