Mississippi unit reports for duty
with the I Marine Expeditionary Force
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq -- The 155th Brigade Combat
Team from the Mississippi National Guard officially reported for duty
with the I Marine Expeditionary Force after completing a transfer of
authority with the 11th and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units on Feb.
Commanded by Col. Augustus L. Collins, the 155th BCT will conduct
security and stability operations in the Babil, Karbala and Najaf
Commenting on the transfer of authority, Col. Collins expressed his
appreciation for the efforts of MEU commanders Col. Ron Johnson of the
24th MEU and Col. Anthony M. Haslam of the 11th MEU. Collins remarked,
"The 155th BCT will continue the ongoing projects within the area and
work closely with the Iraqi security forces operating in the Babil,
Karbala, and Najaf Provinces."
Most of the 155th BCT's soldiers are natives of Mississippi. Two
subordinate units of the 155th BCT call Pine Bluff, Ark., and Ft.
Irwin, Calif., their homes.
For more information, please
contact MAJ Erby Montgomery, public affairs officer, 155th Brigade
Combat Team, at email@example.com or SFC Kevin W. Reeves,
public affairs chief, 155th Brigade Combat Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org