• CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with Soldiers assigned to 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., during a visit to Contingency Operating Site Marez, near Mosul, Iraq, May 7, 2011. Prior to joining 1st Cav. Div. troops in Afghanistan, Allyn thanked the deployed Fort Hood troopers for their hard work and dedication to the 4th AAB's advise, train and assist mission in support of Operation New Dawn.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with Soldiers assigned to 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., during a visit to Contingency Operating Site Marez, near Mosul...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, awards Spc. Charis Leatigaga, an administrative clerk assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., a division coin of excellence for supporting the deployed Fort Hood troopers at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Iraq, during an awards ceremony, May 7, 2011. Allyn visited 4th AAB Soldiers to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the advise, train and assist mission in northern Iraq.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, awards Spc. Charis Leatigaga, an administrative clerk assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., during a visit to Contingency Operating Site Marez in Mosul, Iraq, May 7, 2011. Prior to joining 1st Cav. Div. troops in Afghanistan, Allyn thanked the deployed Fort Hood troopers for their hard work and dedication to training Iraqi Security Forces in northern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., during a visit to...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, awards Capt. Ben Jackman, outgoing commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, a U.S. Army Accident Prevention Certificate during an awards ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Marez, May 7, 2011. Allyn visited the 4th AAB Soldiers while en route to Afghanistan to thank the "Long Knife" troopers for their hard work and dedication to their mission in northern Iraq.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, awards Capt. Ben Jackman, outgoing commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division, visited Soldiers assigned to 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., deployed to Contingency Operating Site Marez, near Mosul, Iraq, May 6-7.

Prior to joining other 1st Cav. Div. troops in Afghanistan and assuming authority of Regional Command-East, Allyn thanked the deployed 4th AAB Soldiers for their hard work and dedication to the advise, train and assist mission in northern Iraq.

"You have run an incredible race here in Iraq in all that you have done," said Allyn during his speech to the Fort Hood Soldiers.

"You want your reputation that you're remembered for to be the same championship effort that you've put forth here every day," said Allyn. "I'm proud of what you've been doing, and I challenge you to finish strong."

"Long Knife" troopers welcomed Allyn to their operating area and gave their commander a tour of COS Marez and Ghuzlani Eagle Training Site, where U.S. Soldiers mentor Iraqi Security Forces.

Allyn also made stops at each of 4th AAB's battalions to recognize Soldiers who have made outstanding contributions to the U.S. Division-North mission and present them with 1st Cav. Div. excellence coins.

"It was really great that he made it out here to see the troops, and wish us well on our journey home later this year," said Capt. Adam Shields, a brigade tactical operations center battle captain from Port Orchard, Wash.

As Allyn made his way to the various units, Soldiers greeted him with loud and enthusiastic "Long Knife" and "First Team" salutations, echoing the mottos of 4th AAB and 1st Cav. Div., respectively.

Allyn received the loudest reaction from his brigade, however, when he asked them if they were ready to return home to Fort Hood, Texas, later this year. The 4th AAB troopers vocally acknowledged their commander with an enthusiastic, "Hooah!"

"It really helps us feel connected to home, and it feels good to know our senior leadership cares about us and what goes on over here, even though we are in a different overseas theater," said Shields.

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