By Lora Chance - email
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Operation Iraqi Freedom has become Operation New Dawn. In the midst of it all, 3rd Infantry Division troops in Iraq are getting ready to wrap up their current mission.
WTOC spoke to Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews via satellite on Monday.
"The soldiers are absolutely phenomenal," said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews. "They're over here doing a great job with the change in the mission."
3rd ID soldiers continue to advise, assist, train and when necessary, equip Iraqi Security Forces.
"They're the one kicking in the door, so to speak," said Andrews. "We're not conducting combat operations, we're conducting stability operations."
The entire 3rd ID is expected to be home by July of next year.
"The soldiers in the 3rd ID are some of the best soldiers I've ever seen," added Andrews. "They are very well trained, very well equipped and very well lead. Who would not want to serve in the 3rd Infantry Division with the commanding general like Major General Tony Cucolo?"
Andrews will soon move on to other duties.
"I'll be headed off the assume responsibility for the First Army Command Sergeant Major position."
First Army is responsible for the training, mobilization and demobilization of all the active reserve component forces in the U.S. Army.
"I'm excited about going up there and being able to use the experience I've gained as a division sergeant major in the 3rd ID to better serve our country," said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews.
Andrews's career at Fort Stewart began in 1981.