Aug 17, 2010 12:25 PM by Melissa Canone
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - As the U.S. sets the conditions to meet President Barack Obama's policy to reduce troops in Iraq, a Louisiana National Guard company
took on a new role to help facilitate the needs of the responsible draw down
during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Cropper on the Victory
Base Complex in Baghdad, Iraq.
The 199th Brigade Support Battalion's Headquarters Company of Alexandria, La., commanded by 1st Lt. Nicole M. Campbell of Pineville, La., and 1st Sgt.
Scott Corley of Tioga, La, assumed the role as the Camp Cropper Area Defense Operations Center from the Texas National Guard's Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, of San Antonio.
The company's new mission consists of a quick reaction force, a badging office, and the maintaining of two entry control points.
"Although this is not the first mission change that we have undergone since our mobilization, it does come at the critical time of responsible downsizing of forces," Corley said. "However, with the continued influence of our junior leadership and the motivation of all of our Soldiers, I am more than confident that we will make the transition successfully."
Outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Scott Mac Leod of Austin, Texas, addressed the leadership of the 199th, and stressed the importance of staying prepared,
"Know your enemy, and do your best to use every available opportunity to train."
"Let there be no doubt that this is a strategic mission, and know that somewhere your installation is on someone's target list," he warned. "But
remember your unit is like a football team . they will play as well as they
Corley explained the company's new role, "The primary focus of the quick reaction force or QRF is to provide response to the Theatre Internment Facility, which houses the last U.S. controlled detainee facility in Iraq."
He said secondly, the mission would be to respond to events deemed necessary by the Base Defense Operations Center, which is comprised of the Tiger Brigade's Special Troops Battalion of Plaquemine, La.
Corley also explained the importance of the Soldiers manning the entrance control points. "They must ensure that all personnel who enter and exit the
base are not only properly identified," he continued, "but that they also have a need to gain access to the base to ensure that force protection
measures are being maintained."
"These are the Soldiers who ensure policy becomes execution when it comes down to the overall security of the Victory Base Complex."
Mac Leod thanked his troops for their hard work and dedication during the duration of their deployment.
"Your sacrifices are humbling, and they set you apart from your countrymen," he reminded them. "I know that outside of your own family, you may not
receive a hero's welcome, but your nation and the nation of Iraq will forever be indebted to you and your families . you have truly been part of
Before the 1-141 cased their colors, symbolizing mission completion, the new ADOC commander, Campbell, approached Mac Leod, rendered a salute, and
reassured him that her company is trained and prepared to take over their
Mobilized Jan. 5, the 199th BSB, as part of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has taken on
various missions including Garrison Command of the VBC in Baghdad, force protection and convoy security missions in various locations throughout
Iraq. The 199th, along with the 256th is expected to return home around the end of the year.