Friday, August 26, 2005



Mustang 23 over at Assumption of Command was recently contacted by the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM). They asked him to get some of the stories out that are happening in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa, which are in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

Poked around the site a bit, and it looks like a great resource for news, images, and official Army information.

Just a few days ago, we were visited by CENTCOM's equivalent of the Command Sergeant Major of all of CENTCOM, Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Brownhill. As Acting Command Sergeant Major at the time, I had a chance to sit in on a briefing given to CMS Brownhill, and a follow-up visit with several of my soldiers at our Battalion Headquarters.

CMS Brownhill is a very intelligent, clued in, and attentive (very) Senior NCO, and it was readily apparent to all that he is very knowledgeable about our Theater of Operation, the capabilities of the forces within his command, and the superior capabilities of CENTCOM'S outstanding Soldiers and Airmen, Sailors and Marines.

CMS Brownhill stressed that other Nations in the region had long viewed Saddam and Iraq as a major problem in the region, and silently relieved when we took out Saddam. We have opened up a new world of possibilities in the Middle East and the wider Arab world, countries that are anxiously watching events unfold and starting to speak out in their own countries and press for change (in the direction of real democracy).

He suggested that we, those National Guard and Reserve Soldiers serving in our Task Force and our Area of Operations (AO), have brought unique qualities and characteristics to the fight from our civilian jobs back home. These have proven their worth time and again in the new and unique challenges posed by Nation building.

Check out the CENTCOM site, and if you find a story to write about, post a link back with Mustang 23. I know he'll be glad to hear from you!

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