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Three more 116th BCT units assume full authority for operations in Iraq

Near Kirkuk, Iraq
-- In a special ceremony conducted here on Jan. 13, three more 116th Brigade Combat Team units have fully taken over the responsibilities of the units they are replacing in Iraq.

The New Jersey Army National Guard's B Company, 250th Signal Battalion, joined with two units from the Idaho Army National Guard-the 216th Military Intelligence Company and the headquarters company of 1-148th Field Artillery Battalion-in a joint transfer of authority ceremony held at the Forward Operating Base Warrior Army gymnasium.

"This ceremony that you witness today is a visible symbol of America's unwavering commitment to the people of Iraq," said Lt. Col. George Glaze, 2-25ID Brigade deputy commander and keynote speaker at the event. "We are determined to fight terror and bring stability to this nation."

Glaze praised the unselfish service of B Company, 125th Signal Battalion; B Company, 125th Military Intelligence Battalion; and B Battery, 1-62nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion, the outgoing 2-25ID units.

"For the last year, the Soldiers of these separate companies have been giving their all to the 3,200 Soldiers of the Warrior Brigade Combat Team," he said.

The event was the second such ceremony to be conducted since the 116th BCT arrived in Iraq mid-December. The first ceremony occurred Dec. 27, when Task Force 3-116 took full responsibility for operations formerly conducted by the 2-25ID's Task Force 1-14th Infantry.

"The enemy won't know what hit them after the leaders and Soldiers of this great unit strike," said Glaze of the 116th BCT toward the end of his speech.

The entire process of the 116th BCT's assumption of authority from the units of the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd BCT is not expected to be completed until sometime in February, when a special brigade-level ceremony is planned. (Story by Capt. Monte Hibbert, 116th BCT Public Affairs Office)

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