116th Officially Begins Iraq Mission

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Idaho's Cavalry Brigade Combat Team has assumed command over Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, Iraq.

Col. Guy Thomas (left) and Command Sgt. Major Steven Woodall (right) uncase the 116th CBCT colors.
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  • Col. Guy Thomas (left) and Command Sgt. Major Steven Woodall (right) uncase the 116th CBCT colors.

Some 1,500 Idaho soldiers, along with 600 each from Oregon and Montana make up the 116th. Their new "home" is now known as "Task Force Snake," an office not unlike a city or state government office, responsible for maintaining infrastructure and support services to thousands of U.S. military and civilians occupying VBC. Operating as a garrison command includes departments for public works, logistics, human resources, operations and camp mayors. The departments and "mayor cells" cooperatively to ensure VBC resident have adequate housing, electricity, water and other resources.

The 116th CBCT is expected back home in 10 months.