MOSUL, Iraq - Coalition Forces conducted a Transfer of Authority Ceremony with key leaders of the Iraqi Army relinquishing the Sons of Iraq contracts to the Government of Iraq on March 2, at Forward Operating Base Q-West.

The transfer will give Iraq better control over its security resources and is yet another step forward in the progressive mission to let Iraqi's take the lead in their country.

In attendance were representatives from the Sons of Iraq, 5th Brigade, 2nd Iraq Army Div., as well as Brig. Gen. Abbas, the commanding general of the 2nd IA Div., Brig. Gen. Khadir, the commanding general of 7th Bde., 2nd Iraqi Army Division, Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr. and Brig. Gen. Robert B. Brown, the commanding and deputy (support) commanding generals, Col. Gary Volesky, the 3rd Heavy Bde. Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. commanding officer and Lt. Col. Michael J. Fadden, the commanding officer of 1st Bn., 12th Cav. Reg., Greywolf Bde.

The Sons of Iraq stood in the ceremonial formation while Caslen and Khadir signed the contract.

The ceremony was followed by a key leader lunch and a combined payday rehearsal meeting to ensure that the pay requirements of the Sons of Iraq will be met without problems this coming payday.

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