Leaders from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team met with Iraqi Army, police and civic leaders at Forward Operating Base Hammer this week.
The subject: security.
Over the past month, brigade soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces have seized several large caches and detained numerouscriminals.
"We have worked very hard to maintain the security gains we made here," said brigade commander Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., addressing his ISF partners. "You are able to get better information than we ever could, and that has made a huge difference in tracking down these extremists."
Grigsby discussed the transition between the brigade and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, from Smith Barracks, Germany.
The 3rd Brigade will transfer authority over to the 2nd in May.
"We have worked very hard to ensure a smooth transition," Grigsby said. "I am confident that all of the great leaders in this room will give the incoming unit the same support we received during our stay here in the Mada'in Qada."
Grigsby emphasized that, during his brigade's time in the area, he always encouraged his Iraqi partners to determine what was best for the qada.
"The Coalition force solution is not the solution," he said to his fellow leaders. "Your solutions are what are important. I have always tried to support your decisions to help make this area better. So far, we have been very successful because of your guidance and insight."
With the advance party of soldiers having already return to Fort Benning, preparations are underway at FOB Hammer for the remainder of the brigade to redeploy during May.