Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Eric N. Atkisson, USD-S / 36th ID PAO
From left to right, Staff Lt. Gen. Muhammad Jawwad Howeidi, commander of the Basrah Operations Center; Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, U.S. Forces - Iraq deputy commanding general for advising and training; and Maj. Gen. Eddy M. Spurgin, commander of U.S. Division - South and the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, wait for Operation's Lion Leap to begin. The combined-arms, live-fire exercise, held at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011, marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.