Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Surge brigade to get new leader

"The 82nd Airborne Division brigade that spearheaded the surge into Iraq is getting a new commander.
Col. B. Don Farris will pass command to Col. Christopher Gibson during a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Bragg. Farris' brigade deployed days after receiving emergency orders in January 2007. The brigade spent 15-months restoring order to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and was instrumental in bringing violence in the city to its lowest level since 2004.
During a mission in May 2007, Farris was seriously wounded by sniper fire. He recovered and returned to Iraq months later to finish the deployment.
Gibson served with the 2nd Brigade from 2004 to 2006." - AP Article Page:

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