Friday, January 4, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 4 Jan 2008

From MNF-I, Iraqi Army’s 2nd Brigade Trained, Ready to Join the Fight against Terrorism.

BESMAYA — A graduation ceremony filled with music, marching and speeches marked a tremendous step for all of Iraq, when the Iraqi Army’s 2nd Brigade, 11th Division graduated here, Jan. 2.

The brigade is fully equipped and trained to battle the enemies of Iraq because of Unit Set Fielding, a process that takes an entire Army brigade and gives the Soldiers the equipment and training they will need to fight.

Iraqi Minister of Defense, Abd al-Qadir al-Mufriji, attended the event and delivered a compelling speech to the graduates of the brigade.

“The people of Iraq have taken money from their pockets to make sure the Iraqi Army has the weapons needed to fight,” said al-Mufriji. “You should be grateful and protect them.”

After the ceremony, al-Mufriji toured the Besmaya Range Complex, viewing the ranges, new medical facility and the lot of equipment supplied to each brigade participating in Unit Set Fielding.