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Fact Sheet: The President Participates in a Video Teleconference with U.S. Troops

October 13, 2005
  • The President participated in a Video Teleconference with 10 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 42nd Infantry Division Task Force Liberty and 1 Iraqi soldier who have been based in Saddam's former hometown of Tikrit.

Facts on the 42nd Infantry Division and Task Force Liberty:

  • Took over from the First Infantry Division in January 2005 and is responsible for a vast section of northern and central Iraq. It has been working with Iraqi Security Forces to root-out insurgent networks and prepare the security environment for Saturday's vote.
  • Began service in Tikrit in December 2004 and January 2005 and is scheduled to return home in the coming months.
  • Based in Troy, New York, but the Division's brigades and separate battalions in peacetime are spread across ten States.
  • Made up of combat elements from the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams, the Idaho National Guard's 116th Brigade Combat Team and the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Regimental Combat Team
  • Partnered with the Iraqi Army's 4th and 5th Division and more than 45,000 Iraqi Security Forces throughout the four provinces of Area of Operations (OA) Liberty

Participants in the Video Teleconference:

42nd Infantry Division

Captain Brent Kennedy

Master Sergeant Corine Lombardo

Captain David Williams

Staff Sergeant David Smith-Barry

Captain David J. Smith

Sergeant First Class Jerry R. Munoz

Captain Stephen N. Pratt

Sergeant Dustin Giesbrecht

First Lieutenant Gregg A. Murphy

Sergeant Ronald E. Long, Jr.

4th Iraqi Army Division

Sergeant Major Akeel Shaker Nassir, Senior non-commissioned officer in charge of the Iraqi Army Training facility in Tikrit.

George W. Bush, Fact Sheet: The President Participates in a Video Teleconference with U.S. Troops Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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