The President participated in a Video Teleconference with 10
soldiers from the U.S. Army's 42nd Infantry Division Task Force Liberty
and 1 Iraqi soldier who have been based in Saddam's former hometown of
Facts on the 42nd Infantry Division and Task Force Liberty:
Took over from the First Infantry Division in January 2005 and
is responsible for a vast section of northern and central Iraq. It has
been working with Iraqi Security Forces to root-out insurgent networks
and prepare the security environment for Saturday's vote.
Began service in Tikrit in December 2004 and January 2005 and is
scheduled to return home in the coming months.
Based in Troy, New York, but the Division's brigades and
separate battalions in peacetime are spread across ten States.
Made up of combat elements from the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st
and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams, the Idaho National Guard's 116th Brigade
Combat Team and the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Regimental Combat Team
Partnered with the Iraqi Army's 4th and 5th Division and more
than 45,000 Iraqi Security Forces throughout the four provinces of Area
of Operations (OA) Liberty
Participants in the Video Teleconference:
42nd Infantry Division
Captain Brent Kennedy
Master Sergeant Corine Lombardo
Captain David Williams
Staff Sergeant David Smith-Barry
Captain David J. Smith
Sergeant First Class Jerry R. Munoz
Captain Stephen N. Pratt
Sergeant Dustin Giesbrecht
First Lieutenant Gregg A. Murphy
Sergeant Ronald E. Long, Jr.
4th Iraqi Army Division
Sergeant Major Akeel Shaker Nassir, Senior non-commissioned officer in
charge of the Iraqi Army Training facility in Tikrit.