After deposing a tyrannical regime, U.S. Soldiers began rebuilding Iraq for the benefit of its population. Through this effort, the Soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom became the heirs of the millions of American Soldiers who helped liberate Europe and Japan during World War II and then remained in those places to reconstruct economies, governments, and societies. From the vantage point of 30 January 2005, American Soldiers in Iraq could look back with a great deal of pride in their work that had similarly focused on establishing prosperity, stability, and a representative government. While most recognized that the road ahead was not certain and that there were still significant challenges remaining to the creation of a new Iraqi state, they could take satisfaction from how they had transformed the Army and made it the force that remained "on point" in America's continuing campaign in Iraq.