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5/5 ADA assumes Garrison command of COB Speicher

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

RELEASE No. 20070425-10
April 25, 2007

5/5 ADA assumes Garrison command of COB Speicher
Multi-National Division -North PAO

TIKRIT, Iraq – The 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment assumed control of Garrison command at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Monday, relieving the 149th Brigade Combat Team of its duties.

The unit is responsible for maintaining the living conditions of service members and civilians living at the base. The unit also oversees the COB’s force protection plan.

“We have a disciplined team that is dedicated to serving Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen across the COB,” said Lt. Col. Daniel P. Sauter III, 5/5 ADA commander, during his speech. “The ‘Dragonslayers’ understand the importance of ruthlessly enforcing the standards and we will be good teammates.

“During our transition we quickly learned that we have an invaluable resource in the proactive, dedicated, selfless contractors and civilians who make COB Speicher run on a daily basis,” he continued. “We look forward to working with each of you and your organizations.”

During their transition period at the operating base, Sauter and his troops quickly saw they will have large shoes to fill replacing the departing 149th BCT.

“Col. Charles Jones and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Shumacher, [149th BCT commander and command sergeant major, respectively] your accomplishments are seen not only in the physical improvements throughout the COB, but more tellingly in the eyes and words of the Soldiers, leaders, contractors and civilians,” Sauter said to the his outgoing counterparts. “You have handed us an installation that is fully functional and we will continue to improve our battle position.”


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