March 19th, 2007 05:42 EST
Fresh troops assume battle space in Baghdad
BAGHADAD " Fresh troops have arrived in western Baghdad and have assumed control in their area of operations.
2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, the "Proud Americans,` officially assumed responsibility for operations March 15, during a transfer of authority ceremony held on Camp Liberty, Iraq.
This is the first time the Proud Americans uncased their colors in a combat zone since the unit departed Vietnam in 1971.
Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson, Commander of 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, gave a motivational speech during the ceremony. He touched upon the progress the unit has made since receiving a change of mission from its traditional field artillery role, to mounted and dismounted infantry operations in western Baghdad.
I am truly amazed at the transformation the Proud Americans have made over the past four months, " he said. As recently as October, 2006, we were manning our howitzers and providing fires for the Dragon Brigade; now we are poised for a new mission in west Baghdad and we are honored to serve with the Dagger Brigade, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. "
1st Lt Charles Bloomfield
2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment