Families and friends sat and waited in the gymnasium bleachers, counting the minutes until their soldier walked onto a bus headed to the Robert Gray Army Airfield. Other troops leaving on an early morning flight Sunday at 0300 hours were from the 89th Military Police Brigade and the 49th Transportation Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command.
On 13 October, after nearly a month at sea from Beaumont, TX, the equipment of
the BlackJack Combat Brigade arrived at Port Ash Shuaiba for offloading. The
equipment was immediately cleared for operational use and by 27 October the
BlackJack Brigade had moved and uncased their colors on BlackJack Field in the
remote base of Camp Buehring, Kuwait, marking the beginning of its operations
Lt. General Peter Chiarelli, the Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps - no stranger to the 1st Cavalry Division, presided over the ceremony. Less than two years ago, he had commanded the First Team during their first rotation as MND-B. With the crisp notes of the 1st Cavalry Division band accompanying the ceremony, Major Generalo James D. Thurman the Commanding General of the Multi-National Division, Baghdad passed on the mantle of MND-B with pride for his soldiers and optimism for his successors. Major General Joseph F. Fil Jr. the Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division, uncased his colors and assumed command of the MND-B mission as the Division colors changed position in the honor guard procession.
The "IronHorse" (1st BCT) Battalions took over the largest and most populated areas in Multi-National Division - Baghdad, the IronHorse Brigade Combat Team was an integral part of the surge operation in Baghdad. The initial focus on combat operations provided a safe, stable, and secure environment which allowed reconciliation efforts of both Sunni and Shia tribal leaders and led to a significant expansion of Iraqi Security Forces, local government, and infrastructure improvement followed by a flourishing economic and cultural growth.
The "BlackJack" (2nd BCT) Battalions hit the ground running and assumed a variety of counterinsurgency missions to repair and rebuild a nation crippled by 30 years under a totalitarian regime. By the fall of 2007, the Brigade enjoyed successes both in combat operations and along all major lines of operation: security, economic, essential services and governance. The Brigade continued to demonstrate its flexibility, lethality and compassion while simultaneously destroying or disrupting enemy forces and continuing civil military operations.
The "GreyWolf" (3nd BCT) Battalions were deployed to the Diyala Province and based out of Baqubah. While serving as the main regional force for Coalition efforts in the area it fell under the command of Multi National Division-North (MND-N), commanded by the 25th Infantry Division and based out of COB Speicher in Tikrit.
The "Longknives" (4th BCT) Battalions assumed responsibility of Ninawa
province from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division on
09 December 2006. The Brigade headquarters was based in Mosul, Ninawa's
provincial capital. The brigade's mission was to build capable Iraqi security
forces and to conduct counter insurgency operations to neutralize anti-Iraqi
forces. The brigade transferred authority to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
in December 2007 and completed redeployment operations.
The "Mavricks" (DSTB) conducted a relief in place and Transfer Of Authority on 15 November 2006. Their main objective was to support the Cavalry Division/Multinational Division-Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, The DSTB quickly grew to over 2000 personnel of all services as the "Surge" forces entered Iraq. Hhaving played a critical role in the transformation of Iraq into a free nation during this decisive period in Iraq, the DSTB was personnel and equipment back to Fort Hood, TX.
The "WagonMasters" (15th Sustainment Brigade) was one of the first elements of
the 1st Cavalry Division to return to Iraq and assumed control for logistics
in the Baghdad area of operations. The Brigade provided command and control
for numerous units not normally associated with the 1st Cavalry Division.
Tasks the unit completed during its tour in Iraq included construction and
maintenance of sustainment facilities, and maintaining vehicles, including
adding additional armor to Humvee vehicles.
On 13 August 2007, Division Headquarters announced a preliminary schedule for
the return of the troops from Iraq. A timeline for the return of units is
|Preliminary Time-Line for Return of Troops from Iraq|
|Iron Horse = 1st Brigade Combat Team|
|BlackJack - 2nd Brigade Combat Team|
|GreyWolf = 3rd Brigade Combat Team|
|LongKnife = 4th Brigade Combat Team|
|Warriors = 1st Air Cavalry Brigade|
|Maverick = Division Special Troops Battalion|
|Wagonmaster = 15th Sustainment Brigade|
|SilverEagles = 15th Finance Battalion|
|Broncos = 15th Personnel Services Battalion|
Major General. Mark Hertling, commander of the 1st Armored Division, Task
Force Iron, and Multinational Division North, began the remarks by observing
how, in a bit of historic irony, the newest Brigade Combat Team of the Army
had just ceded battlefield responsibility to the oldest regiment of the Army.
With the majority of the Long Knife Brigade's Soldiers in transition to
Kuwait, or already back in the US, Col. Stephen Twitty, commander of the Fort
Bliss, Texas, based 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, welcomed
Col. Mike Bills and the great Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The Soldiers of 3rd ACR are no strangers to Ninevah Province, having served
the great people of Tal'Afar during their darkest moments.
The biggest success in this deployment was the complete, full partnership that the 1st Cavalry Division formed with their counterparts in the Iraqi Army, National Police, station police, patrol police and local leaders. Because of their shared concern, genuine care and daily engagement, they earned the trust and confidence of the people of Baghdad. In turn, it sparked a grassroots movement among the millions of residents and empowered them to feel in control of their own destiny. The 4th Infantry Division uncased their colors and assumed command of the MND-B mission as the colors of the divisions changed position in the honor guard procession.
Current details of the returning units and their flight schedule is shown below. Additional unit schedules will be added as they become available from the PAO.
|Mustang 01||15 October||11:45 PM|
|Wagonmaster 01||18 October||06:15 PM|
|Wagonmaster 02||22 October||08:30 PM|
|Warrior 01||05 November||11:40 AM|
|BlackJack 01||15 November||02:45 PM|
|Warrior 02||19 November||09:55 AM|
|Warrior 03||19 November||11:15 AM|
|Warrior 04||20 November||10:20 PM|
|Warrior 05||20 November||11:10 AM|
|Warrior 06||21 November||02:20 AM|
|Warrior 07||28 November||05:00 AM|
|GreyWolf 01||26 November||04:55 AM|
|GreyWolf 02||28 November||04:30 AM|
|GreyWolf 03||29 November||12:30 PM|
|GreyWolf 04||28 November||11:45 PM|
|GreyWolf 09||29 November||05:05 PM|
|GreyWolf 11||30 November||02:45 PM|
|GreyWolf 05||01 December||02:30 PM|
|GreyWolf 14||01 December||04:40 PM|
|GreyWolf 06||02 December||09:30 AM|
|GreyWolf 07||02 December||11:45 AM|
|GreyWolf 08||03 December||03:30 PM|
|GreyWolf 10||04 December||06:45 AM|
|GreyWolf 13||05 December||11:35 PM|
|GreyWolf 12||07 December||03:35 AM|
|IronHorse 01||10 December||10:15 PM|
|GreyWolf 16||11 December||10:00 AM|
|Warrior 08||13 December||05:45 AM|
|Warrior 10||12 December||07:00 PM|
|Warrior 09||15 December||11:45 AM|
|GreyWolf 17||16 December||07:00 PM|
|Warrior 12||21 December||12:50 AM|
|Warrior 19||18 December||01:05 PM|
|GreyWolf 18||18 December||02:45 PM|
|Warrior 11||19 December||04:45 AM|
|Maverick 01||19 December||02:45 PM|
|Maverick 02||19 December||02:45 PM|
|Maverick 03||20 December||01:30 PM|
|Maverick 04||20 December||12:45 AM|
|Warrior 13||21 December||02:45 PM|
|Warrior 16||21 December||08:45 PM|
|Maverick 05||22 December||02:45 PM|
|Warrior 15||24 December||06:40 AM|
|BlackJack 02||24 November||06:50 AM|
|Warrior 18||30 December||03:45 PM|
|BlackJack 13||02 January||09:40 PM|
|Warrior 20||03 January||10:25 AM|
|BlackJack 06||05 January||03:15 PM|
|BlackJack 07||05 January||10:45 PM|
|BlackJack 04||06 January||11:00 AM|
|BlackJack 08||06 January||09:15 PM|
|BlackJack 05||07 January||04:05 AM|
|BlackJack 09||09 January||07:30 PM|
|BlackJack 10||03 January||12:40 PM|
|BlackJack 11||05 January||08:15 PM|
|BlackJack 15||09 January||11:35 AM|
|BlackJack 12||10 January||12:15 AM|
|IronHorse 03||11 January||01:20 PM|
|Warrior 21||11 January||06:00 PM|
|IronHorse 02||13 January||12:35 PM|
|IronHorse 05||13 January||03:00 PM|
|IronHorse 06||13 January||10:05 PM|
|IronHorse 07||14 January||11:00 AM|
|IronHorse 12||14 January||11:40 AM|
|IronHorse 10||14 January||02:15 PM|
|IronHorse 11||15 January||01:25 PM|
|IronHorse 08||16 January||10:45 AM|
|IronHorse 04||17 January||07:55 PM|
|IronHorse 16||18 January||03:45 PM|
|IronHorse 09||18 January||12:50 PM|
|IronHorse 17||20 January||03:35 PM|
|IronHorse 19||19 January||06:10 PM|
|IronHorse 20||20 January||12:05 AM|
|BlackJack 17||20 January||02:45 AM|
|BlackJack 18||20 January||12:45 PM|
|BlackJack 19||21 January||04:45 PM|
|Warrior 22||23 January||04:45 PM|
|IronHorse 21||26 January||02:45 PM|
Good News !! The flight of IronHorse 21 represents the last group of the
Division personnel to return from the deployment with the exception of a few
who are on the high seas with equipment.
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