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Task Force Band of Brothers Assumes Command in North-Central Iraq

American Forces Press Service

TIKRIT, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2005 – Task Force Band of Brothers and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) officially took command of military operations in north-central Iraq in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Danger here Nov. 1.

The ceremony marked the transfer of authority from Task Force Liberty and the 42nd Infantry Division, a National Guard unit from New York that has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a year, to TF Band of Brothers.

TF Band of Brothers is composed of two brigade combat teams and a combat aviation brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Ky., and two brigade combat teams of the 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Stewart, Ga.

The task force is named "Band of Brothers" after the bestselling Stephen Ambrose book and award-winning cable miniseries by the same name that told the story of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. The unit was reactivated in October and is now called the 506th Regimental Combat Team. The 506th is now deployed to Iraq as part of Task Force Band of Brothers.

The 101st will continue the work Task Force Liberty began in the region by continuing to train the Iraqi army and Iraqi security forces and assisting them as they protect their country from terrorist elements and insurgents, officials said.

TF Band of Brothers is dedicated to preserving the evolving, democratically elected government of Iraq, and ensuring the safety of its people, a unit spokesman said in a statement.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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