• The last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq in December 2011, a Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, is cleaned to pass a customs inspection March 3, 2012, on the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, wash racks at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    The last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq in December 2011, a Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, is cleaned to pass a customs inspection March 3, 2012, on the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, wash...

  • The last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq in December 2011, a Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, is cleaned to pass a customs inspection March 3, 2012, on the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, wash racks at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    The last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq in December 2011, a Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, is cleaned to pass a customs inspection March 3, 2012, on the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, wash...

  • The last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq, a Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, is cleaned to pass a customs inspection March 3, 2012, on the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, wash racks at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    The last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq, a Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, is cleaned to pass a customs inspection March 3, 2012, on the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, wash racks at Camp...

  • Capt. Kenneth Washington II, transportation officer with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, oversees agricultural customs washing of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    Capt. Kenneth Washington II, transportation officer with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, oversees agricultural customs washing of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012.

  • Capt. Kenneth Washington II (left), transportation officer with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, and a contractor crew prepare the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq for oversees agricultural customs washing at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    Capt. Kenneth Washington II (left), transportation officer with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, and a contractor crew prepare the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq for oversees agricultural customs washing at...

  • A contractor washes the interior of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012, in preparation for agricultural customs inspection.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    A contractor washes the interior of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012, in preparation for agricultural customs inspection.

  • Alfred Banks, agricultural cleaning team leader with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, examines crew equipment to be shipped to the U.S. along with the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq March 3, 2012, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    Alfred Banks, agricultural cleaning team leader with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, examines crew equipment to be shipped to the U.S. along with the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq March 3, 2012, at Camp...

  • Members of the agricultural cleaning contract crew pose March 3, 2012, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in front of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq as it is prepared for shipment to the U.S.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    Members of the agricultural cleaning contract crew pose March 3, 2012, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in front of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq as it is prepared for shipment to the U.S.

  • Alfred Banks, agricultural cleaning team leader with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, examines crew equipment to be shipped to the U.S. along with the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012.

    Last Iraq MRAP headed for 1st Cav Museum

    Alfred Banks, agricultural cleaning team leader with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, examines crew equipment to be shipped to the U.S. along with the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait...

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (March 7, 2012) -- The last U.S. Army vehicle to drive out of Iraq in December 2011 is on the road again and heading for a rendezvous with history.

The Caiman Plus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or MRAP, which exited Iraq at the Khabari Crossing Dec. 18, 2011, with Company C, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, will be traveling into the historical record at the 1st CavalryDivision Museum at Fort Hood, Texas.

"The last vehicle in Iraq represents our nation's efforts over the past nine years to bring freedom to the Iraqi people," said Col. John S. Laskodi, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade commander.

While processing thousands of vehicles and tons of equipment withdrawn from Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn, the brigade took the initiative to preserve the vehicle, making inquiries through Third Army (U.S. Army Central) as to whether there was an interest in preserving the MRAP for its historical value, said Laskodi.

Direction came back through U.S. Army Forces Command to the 402nd advising them to prepare the Caiman for shipment to the 1st Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood, Texas, he said.

The MRAP will be loaded for shipment by sea in mid-March and should arrive in Texas about a month later, said Capt. Joseph Wanat, operations officer with the 1173rd Deployment Distribution Support Battalion at the Port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait.

"The MRAP didn't exist at the beginning of the war, but has become a symbol of the incredible adaptiveness of the American military and our ability to field the best equipment to our Army," Laskodi said.

"Preserving this vehicle will remind future generations of the hundreds of thousands of Soldiers who served valiantly over the course of this war, the sacrifices of their families back at home and those who were wounded or killed to bring peace," he said.

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