Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, MND-N Commander
December 12, 2008
The 25th Infantry Division uncased its unit colors and took responsibility for operations in Multi-National Division North during a ceremony held at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Dec, 9. The Tropic Lightning Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, returned to the same region of Iraq, and same base, where it served during a 15-month deployment in 2006-07. "You can count on each one of us to do our part to ensure Iraq and her citizens are secure," said Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., after formally taking command of Task Force Lightning during the Transfer of Authority ceremony. Caslen called the chance to serve alongside brave Iraqi men and women an "honor and privilege" before an audience that included senior Iraqi civilian and military leaders from the Northern provinces. Calsen said, "Every one of our Soldiers and service members in Task Force Lightning admire and respect them for their courage, patriotism, and loyalty."