• BAGHDAD- Boulder, Colo. Native, Maj. Geoffrey Norman, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team executive officer, speaks with Poolesville, Md. Native, Maj. Sean Davis, support operations officer for 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, about their mission May 28. "Ironhorse's" mission was to transfer responsibility of joint security stations to the Government of Iraq. They were successful in transferring two of the JSS's, the last six will be turned over no later than June 30.

    BAGHDAD- Boulder, Colo. Native, Maj. Geoffrey...

    BAGHDAD- Boulder, Colo. Native, Maj. Geoffrey Norman, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team executive officer, speaks with Poolesville, Md. Native, Maj. Sean Davis, support operations officer for 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team...

  • BAGHDAD- Mr. Sameer al Hadadd, the Office of the Prime Minister's representative, signs over Joint Security Station Adhamiyah to the Government of Iraq immediately after gaining responsibility from the U.S. forces, May 28. This is the beginning of transferring the responsibility of eight JSS's around Iraq for the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.  All transfers will be completed no later than June 30.

    BAGHDAD- Mr. Sameer al Hadadd, the Office of...

    BAGHDAD- Mr. Sameer al Hadadd, the Office of the Prime Minister's representative, signs over Joint Security Station Adhamiyah to the Government of Iraq immediately after gaining responsibility from the U.S. forces, May 28. This is the beginning of...

  • BAGHDAD- Iraqi Col. Mohmad Laeftah Fleh (right), the director of Shaab Police Station, shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Iraq's representative, after signing for the responsibility of Joint Security Station Shaab, May 28. JSS Shaab is one the first of eight JSS's in the Baghdad area to have responsibility transferred back to the Government of Iraq. The 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division was also successful in transferring JSS Adhamiyah. The process of transferring responsibility of JSS's will be completed no later than June. 30.

    BAGHDAD- Iraqi Col. Mohmad Laeftah Fleh...

    BAGHDAD- Iraqi Col. Mohmad Laeftah Fleh (right), the director of Shaab Police Station, shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Iraq's representative, after signing for the responsibility of Joint Security Station Shaab, May 28. JSS Shaab is one the...

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division transferred responsibilities of Joint Security Station Adhamiyah and JSS al-Shaab to the Government of Iraq, May 28.

"These were the first two transfers out of eight we are going to do," said Maj. Geoffrey Norman, executive officer for the "Ironhorse" brigade, a Boulder, Colo. native.

Two years ago, when the security situation was unstable, Coalition forces created facilities, known as a JSS's, that enabled Coalition forces and Iraqi Security Forces to establish a presence in Baghdad neighborhoods to provide proper security.

JSS's allowed troops to go into surrounding cities and attempted to stop the flow of weapons, foreign fighters, and improvised explosive devices. As a result, the level of violence decreased.

Now that the ISF has become more stable and able to perform their mission without the U.S. forces' help, it is time to hand over the responsibility of the JSS's back to the GoI, said Norman.

To help enable the Iraqi forces to continue providing security without the presence of U.S. troops, Norman said they were able to leave the JSS's with fully functional services.

This wasn't an entirely easy project. Working up to the point where they could finally transfer responsibility was a bit of an obstacle, said the "Ironhorse" brigade engineer, Capt. Charles Pinto, from Orange, Texas.

This new process included help from the Receivership Cell; a recently created group group that works for the Prime Minister of Iraq, who searched for the original land owners of the security station areas.

Multi-National Division-Baghdad, Multi-National Corp-Iraq, and Multi-National Forces-Iraq were all involved in creating a new, more effective way for "Ironhorse" to successfully transfer all responsibility back to the GoI, said Norman.

This is the first time that the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq served as the intermediary to receive the base from U.S. troops. The bases were then transferred over to the Iraqi Forces for continual use, stated Pinto.

The Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq sent a representative to take possession of the property for the Iraqi people.

"This was a huge success," Norman added. "It allows the Coalition forces to move to new locations and allows the Iraqi Security Forces to stay in functional facilities."

The rest of the JSSs will be transferred no later than June 30.

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