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Fresh troops assume battle space in Baghdad

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Monday, 19 March 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070319-08
March 19, 2007

Fresh troops assume battle space in Baghdad Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

1st Lt Charles Bloomfield
2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment

BAGHADAD — Fresh troops have arrived in western Baghdad and have assumed control in their area of operations.

2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, the ‘Proud Americans,’ officially assumed responsibility for operations March 15, during a transfer of authority ceremony held on Camp Liberty, Iraq.

This is the first time the Proud Americans uncased their colors in a combat zone since the unit departed Vietnam in 1971.

Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson, Commander of 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, gave a motivational speech during the ceremony. He touched upon the progress the unit has made since receiving a change of mission from its traditional field artillery role, to mounted and dismounted infantry operations in western Baghdad.

“I am truly amazed at the transformation the Proud Americans have made over the past four months,” he said. “As recently as October, 2006, we were manning our howitzers and providing fires for the Dragon Brigade; now we are poised for a new mission in west Baghdad and we are honored to serve with the Dagger Brigade, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR HIGH-RES PHOTOS, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER IN CHARGE, MAJOR STEVEN LAMB, AT STEVEN.LAMB@US.ARMY.MIL) OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL: (914) 822-8174, OR IRAQNA: 011-964-790-192-4675.



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