By Spc. Sharla Lewis, 3rd AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div.March 15, 2011
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division uncased its colors and assumed authority of Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Maysan and Basrah Provinces from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq on March 12.
The ceremony signifies the conclusion of one deployment as well as the arrival and assumption of another unit's deployment.
This marks the fourth deployment in Iraq for the Greywolf Brigade. They served in OIF II in 2004, OIF 06-07 in 2006 and OIF 09-10 in 2008.
In 2008, the Greywolf Brigade was responsible for the Ninawa Province in northern Iraq. The brigade conducted operations to improve security, stimulate economic growth and create enduring stability. They transitioned security primacy within Mosul and Tal Afar to the Iraqi Security Forces.
Nearly 15 months later, the brigade finds itself right back in Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.
"This is Greywolf Brigade's fourth tour in Iraq and we're excited to serve as the newest members of the (36th Infantry Division) team during this historic time," said Col. Douglas Crissman, the commander of 3rd Advise and Assist Bde., 1st Cav. Div.
The 3rd Advise and Assist Bde., 4th Inf. Div. advised, trained and assisted dozens of local military and security organizations, transitioned 19 military bases to Iraqi control as well as funded $15.5 million to provide areas with infrastructure like water and electricity.
"We are departing proud of our accomplishments none of which would have been possible without the blood, sweat and tears of our incredible Soldiers," said Col. James Rainey, the Iron Bde. commander.
After applauding the Iron Brigade for their help in the transfer of authority process, Crissman vowed to continue to build on their foundation.
Speaking directly to the Iraqi partners, Crissman acknowledged the significance of the coming year and said, "Your presence reflects not only your genuine respect for Col. Rainey and his team, but also, your recognition of the importance of our partnership in the year ahead."
In his speech, Maj. Gen. Eddy Spurgin, the commander of United States Division - South and commander of the 36th Infantry Division, praised the Iron Brigade for their work and told the Greywolf Brigade that he could not think of a better prepared unit to assume control of the provinces during Operation New Dawn.
3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division is one of the final units to operate in Iraq as U.S. forces responsibly draw down.