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U.S. transfers Maysan training base, airstrip to Iraqi government

Release No: UNRELEASED March 29, 2010 PRINT | E-MAIL

MAYSAN, Iraq  (March 29, 2010) – Leadership from the 10th Iraqi Army Division and the Iraqi Receivership Secretariat accepted the complete return of Contingency Operating Site Hunter in southern Maysan province from U.S. Forces, March 26.

During a small ceremony, the Record of Return was signed and the Government of Iraq took control of the facility and adjacent airplane landing strip.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, all U.S. Soldiers departed the base.

Over $1 million of property and equipment was transferred to the Iraqis.  Some of the items include tents, base security structures, dining facilities, and power generation equipment.

U.S. Forces from 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division utilized the base to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces near the city of Qalit Salih and the Hwayzah marshes.  The 10th Iraqi Army Division will use the base as a training facility.

“Returning Contingency Operating Site Hunter to the Iraqi Army is another sign of normalcy,” said Maj. Vida Burrell, operations officer, 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment who lived on COS Hunter.  “They demonstrated their proficiency with elections security, and this base provides them weapons ranges, housing, and a secure helicopter landing zone to continue training.”