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MCABWA CG, team to return from Iraq

Marine Corps News

Release Date: 4/1/2004

Story by Capt. Michael J. Friel

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. (April 1, 2004) -- Maj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, commander, Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area, and commanding general, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and his team return Saturday after completing a six-month deployment in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gallinetti, Capt. Greg Hanweck, and Sgts. David Nuttall and James Wheeler served at the Coalition Provisional Authority and Combined Joint Task Force 7 headquarters located in Baghdad, Iraq under Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commanding general, CJTF-7.

As personal staff to Gallinetti, the team provided direct support and security throughout the deployment. A

s chief of staff for CJTF-7, Gallinetti led the Coalition headquarters' primary staff in managing stratigic level stability and support operations of more than 130,000 American and international troops from 35 countries. Gallinetti's staff also worked closely with the CPA in governance and policy issues relating to Coalition forces.

During his deployment, Gallinetti and his team saw the completion of more than $200 million in rebuilding projects, oversaw the force transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom I to OIF II and training of more than 200,000 Iraqis in various Iraq security services.

In what might be the most historic event during Gallinetti's deployment, Coalition forces captured Saddam Hussein, the ousted Ba'ath part leader Dec. 13, 2003.

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