Withdrawing from Iraq – some perspective
At the end of March, a group of us were fortunate to be able to interview Brig. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, United States Division â€“ Center Deputy Commanding General East, for a Bloggers’ Roundtable. He was able to provide an update on the current and future force status for U.S. troops in Iraq.
The current goal in Iraq is to have only 50,000 troops in country by September 1, 2010. Baker told us that we presently have 11 brigade combat teams in the country and about 97,000 troops. The goal for September 1 is six, configured as the new “advise and assist“ brigades.
I asked about the personnel for these new AAB’s. The General said that they would be a typical BCT, but with and additional 40-50 field grade officers. These officers are intended to bolster support activities in the areas of planning, synchronization and coordination where the Iraqis need additional assistance. The AAB’s also bring additional intelligence and logistics experts to strengthen the support in those areas, as well.
General Baker emphasized that the main difference with the new AAB’s is their training before deployment. Emphasis is placed on combat training but added training on civil affairs and the higher level military staff activities is also included.
The transcript of this interview can be found here.
Table of contents for Bloggers' Roundtable
- We Don’t Commute to Work Anymore
- Terror Investors Might Want to Look Elsewhere
- I Hear It’s Safe
- In Our Area the Taliban Are Paying More a Month
- Iraqi Police Progress
- Sept. 11 Conspirators Going to Trial
- Continued Courage and Committment
- The Year of Opportunity – 2008
- Competent, Capable, Effective Leadership
- Afghan Army Acts: Decisive, Overwhelming
- Iraqi Military Medical Services
- Dallas Reporting: Aid Mission to Georgia
- Military Integration Into NIMS
- Status Report From the Afghan South
- Status Report From the Afghan East
- Fourth Fleet Is About Partnerships
- Iraqi Police Primer
- Sons of Iraq Status Update
- Army Apologizes
- We Are Here!
- Yar! There Be Pirates!
- Cobra Gold 2009
- Our Best: Sergeant First Class Helen Gillespie
- Africa Partnership Station Comes to E Africa
- Building the Rule of Law in Afghanistan
- Sons of Iraq and the Iraqi Budget
- Air Force Combat Camera – Focus on the Fight
- Afghan Update for July 22, 2009
- The Army Goal: 1.5 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy
- Withdrawing from Iraq – some perspective
- Iraqi security update April 22 2010
- 2012 Federal Budget for Defense
- Pacific Command and the Pacific
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