[Soldiers salute behind a tribute to Army Staff Sgt. Todd Olson during a base renaming ceremony in Samarra, Iraq, June 30, 2009. The base had been named in honor of Olson, who was killed in an attack in Samarra in 2006. It is now called Fond’k Abo Hera. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jazz Burney (from DefenseLink)]
Who would have thought a couple of years ago that the transfer of security responsibilities to Iraqi control would have happened so quickly and so smoothly? An American Forces Press Service release, “On the Ground: Detainee Transfer, Renaming Ceremonies Mark Progress,” describes the transfer of responsibilities for detainee transfers in Baghdad, and the renaming (and transfer) of two bases. Remarkable.
What a tribute to the incredible efforts of our military men and women in Iraq.