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130th Engineer Brigade assumes responsibility for Mosul reconstruction

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Friday, 17 July 2009

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
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July 17, 2009

130th Engineer Brigade assumes responsibility for Mosul reconstruction

Multi-National Division – North

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq –The 130th Engineer Brigade uncased its colors assuming responsibility of Mosul’s reconstruction efforts from the 18th Engineer Brigade during a transfer of authority ceremony at Contingency Operating Station Marez, July 15.

The “Sapper” brigade’s mission focus will be reconstruction projects intended to help the people of Mosul and the Ninewah Province by providing essential services to the local population and to manage route clearance operations for the 25th Infantry Division.

“It is an honor and a privilege to help our brother and sister Iraqis rebuild their nation,” said Lt. Col. Fabian E. Mendoza, Jr., 130th Eng. Bde. commander.

The ceremony attendees included Maj. Gen Robert L. Caslen, Jr., commanding general, Multi-National Division-North, Brig. Gen. Robert Brown, MND-N’s deputy commanding general for support, Mr. Patrick Murphy, Ninewah Provincial Reconstruction Team leader and Col. Muhammed Jassim, 3rd Field Engineer Regiment commander with the Iraqi Army.

During its 15 month deployment, the 18th Eng. Bde. moved from Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Tikrit, to Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk. They later moved to COS Marez, where they were tasked with operating the Mosul Reconstruction Cell.

The brigade participated in key leader engagements, provided technical assessments, conducted site visits and tracked millions of dollars worth of construction projects. They also worked with Mosul city leaders to develop sustainable support for essential services and partnered with several Iraqi Army Filed Engineer Regiments to aid the IA’s engineering and information operations capabilities.

The 18th Engineers will return home to Heidelberg, Germany.

“The Soldiers, officers and non-commissioned officers of the 18th have done a great job here and are anxious to get home,” said Col. Matthew Russell, 18th Eng.Bde. commander.

“We were moved around. We probably moved around more than most brigades’ have in the past few years, three major cities, three major moves. We’ve conducted uncharacteristic lines of operations that a normal engineer brigade doesn’t do, but we took it on,” Russell said.

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