Graduating with honor

Story by Spc. Blanka Stratford
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

BALAD, Iraq — The final step in the creation of an Iraqi security force for LSA Anaconda and its surrounding areas took place with a graduation ceremony at the base training grounds here, March 25.

The graduation of the 210th Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, Company D was the fourth and last of its kind for the 210th's 1st Battalion.

Created by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) as a way to assist coalition forces with internal security operations, ICDC supports the main function of establishing a safe and secure Iraq. Many, to include Col. (P) James Chambers, commander of the 13th Corps Support Command at LSA Anaconda and guest speaker at the ceremony, have hailed the Iraqi service members' achievements.

"You have worked hard to learn the skills that will make you effective guardians of a newly freed nation," said Chambers, addressing the Soldiers of ICDC Company D. "Your job will not be easy. And there are still elements that seek to disrupt your work and to return Iraq to the dark days of the not-so-distant past. I urge you to stand resolute in your commitment to freedom."

Company D Soldiers will be joining more than 200 thousand of their fellow service members, including 77 thousand new police officers, 20 thousand border police, 73 thousand members of the Facility Protection Service, three thousand soldiers in the New Iraqi Army and the 30 thousand personnel in the entire ICDC.

"Iraqi security forces now account for the majority of all forces in Iraq," said Chambers. "Working side by side with the coalition, Iraqi security forces have made this country a better place to live."

Since the conclusion of major combat operations, hundreds of schools, clinics, hospitals, bridges, power plants and other infrastructure have been reopened or refurbished. Health care spending has considerably increased, as has the Iraqi dinar in value. Security within the country improves every day.

“The success of units such as [Company D] has even allowed U.S. troops to rotate back to their home stations and the coalition to decrease the number of troops in the country," said Chambers. "Each of you should be proud of the commitment you have made and proud of your service to your country."

 

 

 

 

 


Graduating with honor


Graduating with honor


Graduating with honor