By Spc. Sharla Lewis
1st Cavalry Division
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division uncased its colors and assumed authority of Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Maysan and Basrah Provinces from the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony Saturday.
The ceremony signified the conclusion of one deployment, as well as the arrival and assumption of another unit's deployment.
"This is Greywolf Brigade's fourth tour in Iraq, and we're excited to serve as the newest members of the (36th Infantry Division) team during this historic time," said Col. Douglas Crissman, the commander of 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade.
This was the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division's fourth deployment to Iraq. The brigade advised, trained and assisted dozens of local military and security organizations, transitioned 19 military bases to Iraqi control and funded $15.5 million to provide areas with infrastructure like water and electricity.
"We are departing proud of our accomplishments, none of which would have been possible without the blood, sweat and tears of our incredible soldiers," said Col. James Rainey, the Iron Brigade commander.
After applauding the Iron Brigade for its help in the transfer of authority process, Crissman vowed to continue to build on its foundation.
Speaking to the Iraqi partners, Crissman acknowledged the significance of the coming year, "Your presence reflects not only your genuine respect for Col. Rainey and his team, but also, your recognition of the importance of our partnership in the year ahead," he said
In his speech, Maj. Gen. Eddy Spurgin, the commander of U.S. Division-South and commander of the 36th Infantry, praised the Iron Brigade for its work and told the Greywolf Brigade that he could not think of a better prepared unit to assume control of the provinces during Operation New Dawn.
The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade is one of the final units to operate in Iraq as U.S. forces continue to draw down.