The last combat troops have officially left Iraq, leaving behind 50,000 advisers. I just wanted to mark this moment by thanking the following soldiers and groups that helped make us victorious, not by conquering Iraq … but by liberating them. Freedom is not free. The Iraqis have discovered this, sometimes the hard way. It is something most Americans know instinctively. God bless them all.
AT the top of the list, all of the soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, etc who gave their lives so this mission would be successful including Sgt Felix Del Greco Jr CTANG, and Lance CPL Lawrence Philippon. Felix played on my Little League Team. What a kid. And Larry played high school hockey for Conard against my son … and then with him during the summer league in West Hartford. You can read more about each at the link.
Time to thank the members of the CTANG 143 MP Co. who served in the heart of the heart at the start of Iraqi Freedom including my friend Sgt Melissa Weaver, Sgt Marc Pucinski, Sgt Jess Walsh, Capt. Donald Chiverton, Sgt Sean Young, and so many more.
Also to the CTANG 192 MP Battalion, the CTANG 101st, 1109th AVCRAD unit and all the the units that served over the last seven years.
I am so sure I left some units out, numbers I can no longer remember … so please forgive and feel free below to remember the units I have forgotten or designations I have gotten wrong.
Also please leave the names of Iraq veterans I may have forgotten below. People do read the comments and it will be a good historical record as well.