• Army Secretary John McHugh addresses Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to thank them for their service and to highlight the importance of what they're doing in Iraq at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary thanks Soldiers at FOB Warhorse

    Army Secretary John McHugh addresses Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to thank them for their service and to highlight the importance of what they're doing in Iraq at Forward...

  • Army Secretary John McHugh meets with Soldiers of Task Force 296, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, as they demonstrate their vehicle capabilities during a visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary visits FOB Warhorse

    Army Secretary John McHugh meets with Soldiers of Task Force 296, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, as they demonstrate their vehicle capabilities during a visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

  • Soldiers from Task Force 296, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division speak to the Army Secretary John McHugh about the capabilities of the unmanned aerial vehicle before the Secretary launched it during his visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary examines UAV

    Soldiers from Task Force 296, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division speak to the Army Secretary John McHugh about the capabilities of the unmanned aerial vehicle before the Secretary launched it during his visit to Forward Operating...

  • Army Secretary John McHugh administers the Oath of Enlistment during a reenlistment ceremony of Soldiers assigned to 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, during his visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary reenlists Soldiers at FOB Warhorse

    Army Secretary John McHugh administers the Oath of Enlistment during a reenlistment ceremony of Soldiers assigned to 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, during his visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18...

  • Army Secretary John McHugh shakes hands with Capt. Eric Evans, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, following the secretary's presentation of the Bronze Star Medal for the Soldier's meritorious service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary awards bronze star

    Army Secretary John McHugh shakes hands with Capt. Eric Evans, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, following the secretary's presentation of the Bronze Star Medal for the Soldier's meritorious...

  • Army Secretary John McHugh speaks with California native Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Cummings of Charlie Company, 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, about his goals to continue taking care of the Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Diyala, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary at FOB Warhorse

    Army Secretary John McHugh speaks with California native Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Cummings of Charlie Company, 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, about his goals to continue taking care of the Soldiers...

  • Lt. Col. H. Hayden Hungerford, commander of 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, discusses the ordnance removal capability of the Engineer Buffalo Mine Protected vehicle with Secretary of the Army John McHugh, at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Dec. 18, 2009.

    Army Secretary reviews equipment at FOB Warhorse

    Lt. Col. H. Hayden Hungerford, commander of 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, discusses the ordnance removal capability of the Engineer Buffalo Mine Protected vehicle with Secretary of the Army...

DIYALA, Iraq (Dec 18, 2009) -- Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala Province today as part of his eleventh visit to Iraq and first as the Army's top leader.

The secretary was welcomed by Soldiers of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who organized an equipment showcase in order to give him a first-hand look at the various vehicles used during daily operations.

Of particular interest to the secretary was the performance of the unit's Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles. In addition, the secretary visited the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight line where he was briefed about the capabilities of the vehicle. McHugh then personally helped launch an awaiting UAV.

The Secretary was honored to meet with a select number of Soldiers to whom he awarded two Bronze Star Medals, three Combat Action Badges and one Combat Infantry Badge.

He then took the opportunity to administer the oath of enlistment to eight Soldiers within the Brigade.

Later, McHugh addressed the Soldiers of 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment. During his remarks, he thanked them for their service and highlighted the importance of what they're doing in Iraq.

"Today as each Iraqi wakes up with a new opportunity for a better future, they owe it to good people like you," he said.

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