Taking over from the Screaming Eagles

New Aviation Brigade Takes Control of Air Operations in Northern Iraq

TIKRIT, Iraq (August 30, 2006) — A Relief in Place ceremony was conducted today to transfer responsibility for air operations in Northern Iraq from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to the 25th Infantry Division.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, relieved the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade which has served at Contingency Operating Base Speicher since August 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A lot of folks had hoped to see major reductions in US troop levels starting about now. I had hoped, too, but I was more skeptical than most. Unfortunately, we’re seeing more of the same rotations and nothing in the way of reductions. The Iraqis continue to take over more territory, but while they’ve made great strides in the past year and a half, they’ve got a long ways to go.