Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Local Troops Deploying Back to Iraq: Will We Win Wider War

1st BDE, 10th Mountain Division (Fort Drum, NY): Heading Back to Iraq
(Salute and Follow Orders: Aye, aye, sir)

SecDef Ashton Carter Speaking at Fort Drum Recently
(Making the deployment announcement)

About 1,250 soldiers from the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will deploy in August or September to train, advise and assist the Iraqi security forces as they battle the Islamic State. The deployment will last nine months.

They will replace soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division.

While there, as we Marines (my generation in Vietnam) were fond of saying when we were about ready to deploy into a war zone and engage in combat: 

“Watch your 6 o'clock.” (all troops know what that means).

We wish them good luck and a safe return home – all of them

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