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2-135 Infantry transfers security mission becoming Regional Reaction Force

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Operation New Dawn has been demanding for some of the troops of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division (1/34th BCT) Providing support to the logistics of pulling out of Iraq has kept some of the Soldiers moving nonstop since they arrived in country Recently, more troops arrived to help

The Transfer of Authority of the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry to the Mississippi National Guard's 112th Military Police Battalion took place Oct 28, 2011 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait

"To the Soldiers of the 2-135th Infantry, I say thanks for a job well done," said Lt. Col. Clintis McCray, incoming commander of the 112th MPs "Thank you for all your hard work and dedication To the Soldiers of the 112th, I challenge you to lean forward in everything that you do We have some big shoes to fill over the next several months"



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The turn of the 2012 New Year is right around the corner, and the draw down keeps moving forward with full steam All troops are scheduled to be out of Iraq by the Dec 31st deadline How the end of the eight-year war and mission in Iraq will affect the 112th MP and 2-135th Infantry has yet to be determined

"I expect you to view this as a unique opportunity," said Col Eric Kerska, 1/34th BCT "˜Red Bull' commander, addressing the participants and attendees during the ceremony "I need you to tighten your chinstrap and know you can and will be the best at whatever mission you are assigned"

The Mississippi National Guardsmen stationed in Kuwait will take over the Khbari Crossing mission, convoy security and other missions relinquished by the 2-135th Infantry

"I assure you that the 112th MPs will be professional in all that we do," said Lt. Col. McCray "We will concentrate our efforts towards safety and successfully completing all assigned missions"

The 2-135th Infantry will still be stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait; and will become a Regional Reaction Force for the area They will continue to train and their new mission emphasis is defending an urban environment, providing route security and reacting to civil disturbances

Both battalions under the 1/34th BCT are expected to redeploy early next summer

28 Oct, 2011
Story by Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
1/34th BCT Public Affairs






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