"Independence" battalion begins Iraq mission

By Master Sgt. Sean Whelan, 56th SBCT, PAOFebruary 23, 2009

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Lt. Col. Mark O'Hanlon (left), of Wallingford, Pa., commander of the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard, unfurls the battalion colors with the Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Deutsch of Mohnton, Pa. Headquartered at Plymouth Meeting, Pa. the unit traces its lineage to the "Associators" unit raised by Ben Franklin to defend Philadelphia from French privateers.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Lt. Col. Mark O'Hanlon (left), of Wallingford, Pa., commander of the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard, unfurls the battalion colors with the Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Deutsch of Mohnton, Pa. Headquartered at Plymouth Meeting, Pa. the unit traces its lineage to the "Associators" unit raised by Ben Franklin to defend Philadelphia from French privateers. (Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Sean Whelan, 56th SBCT, PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP TAJI, Iraq -  Lt. Col. Thomas Boccardi (left), commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, accepts a framed Franklin Flag from Lt. Col. Mark O'Hanlon (right), of Wallingford, Pa., commander of the 1st Bn., 111th Inf. Regt., 56th SBCT, Pennsylvania National Guard.  Soldiers of the "Independence" battalion assume Coalition Forces mission responsibility and security operations in Tarmiyah area north of Baghdad.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Lt. Col. Thomas Boccardi (left), commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, accepts a framed Franklin Flag from Lt. Col. Mark O'Hanlon (right), of Wallingford, Pa., commander of the 1st Bn., 111th Inf. Regt., 56th SBCT, Pennsylvania National Guard. Soldiers of the "Independence" battalion assume Coalition Forces mission responsibility and security operations in Tarmiyah area north of Baghdad. (Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Sean Whelan, 56th SBCT, PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL