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34th Infantry Division assumes control of MND-S

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq " The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division assumed control of Multi-National Division " South from the 10th Mountain Division in a transfer of authority ceremony here May 20

The Red Bulls now support Iraqi security forces throughout nine provinces in southern Iraq This is the first time since World War II the 34th Inf Div has established its headquarters in a combat zone


General Ray Odierno, Multi-National Force " Iraq commanding general LtGen Charles Jacoby, Multi-National Corps " Iraq commanding general, government of Iraq officials and Iraqi security force leaders were on-hand to witness the historic transfer

"This is an exciting time in Iraq," said Maj Gen Richard Nash, 34th Inf Div commanding general "On behalf of the 34th Inf Div, we are privileged to be invited by the government of Iraq to be a partner in improving the future of the people of this great Iraqi nation"

"Over the last year, the Iraqi Army and police have taken responsibility for the protection of the Iraqi people," said Maj Gen Michael Oates, 10th Mtn Div commanding general "The 10th Mountain Division was proud to be their partners in this success"

While the Red Bulls are ready to take hold of the reins, Nash stressed that the job in Iraq is still not done

"My Soldiers will be in a supporting partnership role," said Nash "Our major partnership focus will be with the Iraqi police and the Department of Border Enforcement in order to assist them as they secure the people of southern Iraq We are highly impressed with the professionalism and capability of the Iraqi Army"

Iraqi officials in attendance expressed both their gratitude to the departing 10th Mountain and their anticipation of working with the Red Bulls "The 10th Mountain Division did a great, great job as an ISF partner during a crucial time in Iraq's history, said Capt Hayder Adannan, an engineer and liaison officer for Coalition forces in Wasit province "The 34th I've already met with their commander They already know me, and I look forward to working with them"

Col Auyid Ibrahin, chief civil affairs officer for the Iraqi Army 10th Division, said, "We're going to lose some friends, but we're going to have new friends"

The Red Bulls' objectives throughout southern Iraq include helping with economic development and governance, increasing security for the Iraqi people and assisting with the training of Iraqi security forces

by Pfc J P Lawrence "ยข 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs
May 20, 2009


May 20, 2009: 34th Infantry Division assumes control of MND-S - Low-Res

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