Signing over the station
BAGHDAD - Capt. Tad Grani, from Providence, RI, and Al Hadad, a representative of the Iraqi prime minister, sign the documents necessary Feb. 15 to hand over Joint Security Station 799 to the Iraqi Government. (Army photo by Spc. Rebecca Schwab, 2nd BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div. USD-C)

BAGHDAD - The Government of Iraq took ownership of Joint Security Station 799 from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a Feb. 14 ceremony.
After many successes in a partnership between U.S. Forces and 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, in the Al Amin area, Company 4, 1-4-1 FP Battalion, deemed the Al Amin region secure. As a result, 1-4-1 FP Battalion was deemed tactically competent and fully capable of conducting successful counterinsurgency operations from an additional base out of their area of operations.
"We will continue to fight terrorism and achieve security for all people," said Col. Adel Kassim Salman Omar Al Bayatti, the 1-4-1 FP commander.
Capt. Tad Granai, of Providence, R.I., and the Company C commander, signed the security station over to Al Hadad, a representative from the prime minister's office.
"The goal is to go home at some point," said Granai. "This shows that the Federal Police is able to be in charge of this area and have full security."
The transfer, which drew a large crowd, was celebrated with speeches from Brig. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Daboon al Maksusi and U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Petkosek.
"Today is a new beginning of implementing the Security Agreement," said Daboon, commander of 1st FP Division. "We can aid and help the local citizens around this geographic location."
Petkosek, 2-14 commander, said the transfer represented a new beginning for the Iraqi people.
"This is a great step for Iraqi Federal Police in securing Al Amin, as well as the entire Nine Nissan region," he said. "It exemplifies the desire of the Iraqi people to be a secure, sovereign nation."
As 1-4-1 secures Mashtal and Al Amin for the upcoming Iraqi elections, Company C, 2-14 Inf. Regt., will continue to assist them from nearby Joint Security Station Loyalty.

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