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Military Prepares for Transfer; Search Ends for Missing UAV

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 – Two Army divisions are preparing for a transfer of responsibility in Baghdad tomorrow, and the search for an unmanned aerial vehicle near Mosul has been suspended, military officials said.

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Spc. Michael Rodenberg (left) and Sgt. Joshua Harris, perform preflight checks of the Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. The Raven is similar to one lost in Mosul. Capable of providing real-time intelligence, the Raven requires only three soldiers for its operation. Both Rodenberg and Harris are assigned to the Maryland Army National Guard's 39th Brigade Combat Team, 239th Military Intelligence Company. U.S. Army photo

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The 3rd Infantry Division will turn over authority for Multinational Division Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division.

Army Maj. Gen. William Webster Jr., 3rd ID commander, will case the "Marne" Division's colors during the transfer ceremony, and Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, 4th ID commander, will uncase the "Ironhorse" Division's colors.

In other news, the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team has suspended its search for a Raven unmanned aerial vehicle in Mosul. The unit lost contact with the UAV Jan. 4 during operations in the northern Iraqi city.

The Raven is the Army's smallest UAV, weighing about 4.5 pounds with a wingspan of about five feet.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

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