In the nine months the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team was deployed to Iraq, the unit watched the mission on the ground transform.
“In early 2016, the posture of our force, the authority granted to our units, the capabilities of Iraqi security forces, and the effectiveness of ISIS were all very different versus January ,” said Col. Brett Sylvia, the brigade commander.
The brigade, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, deployed about 1,300 soldiers to Iraq from April 2016 to January 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sylvia told reporters during a media round table on Wednesday that the goal of the mission in Iraq was to train, advise and assist their Iraqi counterparts.
“So they can work together and synchronize their actions, integrate our capabilities, and beat back ISIS,” he said.
Source: Commander: 101st Airborne soldiers participated in ‘major transformation’ while deployed to Iraq