‘Big Red One’ assumes command in Iraq to help defeat ISIS

Courtesy: 1st Infantry Division
Courtesy: 1st Infantry Division

BAGHDAD – The 1st Infantry Division assumed command of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve from the 101st Airborne Division during a Transfer of Authority ceremony Nov. 17 at Forward Operating Base Union III in Iraq.

Officials at Fort Riley reports Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, replaced Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, as the commander of the multinational land component command working with and through the government of Iraq to defeat ISIS in Iraq.

Most remarkable was CJFLCC’s support to the Iraqi’s with training, equipment, intelligence, advice and fires that enabled them to prepare for and begin their counterattack to liberate Mosul,” Townsend said, “a battle now fully joined. CJFLCC’s support made it possible for Iraqi forces to begin liberating the second largest city in the country and deny ISIL its claim to a capital in Iraq.”

In partnering with the government of Iraq, CJFLCC-OIR is also partnered with the Iraqi security forces, which include the Iraqi army, the Iraqi air force, the Counter Terrorism Service, the federal police and the Kurdish Peshmerga. CJFLCC’s mission extends beyond military operations. It also includes the full range of the Coalition’s national power, including diplomatic, informational, economic, law enforcement and other aspects of national power – all in an effort to eliminate ISIS and help provide security to the people of Iraq.

This marks the second tour for the “Big Red One” in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Fighting First became the first division to lead CJFLCC-OIR in 2014. This deployment also coincides with the centennial celebration for the U.S. Army’s longest-tenured division, having been in service since its activation in support of World War I in 1917.

“Iraq will be liberated from the threat of terrorism and ISIL’s brutal and tyrannical methods,” Townsend said. “The liberation of Mosul is on the horizon and you will help our Iraqi brothers to reach it.”

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