By Spc. Samuel J. Phillips Multi-National Corps - Iraq PAOApril 3, 2008
The 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Raven, which has acted as the garrison command team for Victory Base Complex, relinquished authority to the 2145th Garrison Support Unit, Task Force Eagle, during a transfer of authority ceremony March 26 at Al Faw Palace.
The transfer of authority was symbolized through the casing of the 58th IBCT colors and the uncasing of the 2145th GSU colors
"It is always a sad day when a long mission comes to an end and we have to say goodbye to so many who we have served so closely with," said Col. Sean Casey, outgoing commander, TF Raven.
Casey said as an IBCT, the task of being a garrison command team was not a mission of choice, "but it was the mission that our country asked us to perform."
The Soldiers of the 58th IBCT exceeded all of his expectations by establishing and enforcing housing standards that allowed more than 4,500 troops to move from tents to trailers, Casey said.
"Our vision was to maintain an environment where the Soldier sees the Victory Base Complex as a place of sanctuary," Casey said.
"The time has come to pass the torch to the Soldiers of the 2145th GSU, Task Force Eagle," Casey said. "Colonel Manuel Santiago, my friend, it is a pleasure to pass this command to my War Collage colleague. I am honored to turn over the largest forward operating base in Iraq to your care. I wish you the greatest success in your mission."
"Task Force Eagle is prepared and dedicated to provide the life support services and infrastructure development during our tenure," said Col. Manuel Santiago, incoming commander, TF Eagle. "We will give you no less than excellence."