101st Airborne Assumes Command in Iraq


After casing its colors two weeks ago at Fort Campbell to mark its deployment to Iraq, the 101st Airborne Division has officially assumed command of forces in the country.

In a transfer-of-authority ceremony Tuesday in Baghdad, the 82nd Airborne Division relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commanding general of the 101st, and the rest of the division headquarters.

Since Volesky’s arrival in the country, he has toured different sites and cities around Iraq to get a better understanding of the level of operations in the fight against the Islamic State.

After retaking Ramadi last year, the U.S.-led coalition forces have been training and advising the Iraqi security forces to continue to force ISĀ out of cities such as its stronghold in Mosul, according to defense officials.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the fight to take back Mosul could be months away.

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