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US First Armoured Division hands over to First Cavalry Division

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Published on Jul 21, 2015

1. Handover ceremony between two US Army units
2. Soldiers carrying banners, marching during handover ceremony
3. Soldier standing with tanks in background
4. Soldiers at the ceremony listening to address by senior officer
5. Soldiers
6. Various of soldiers at ceremony
7. Soldiers after ceremony
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Captain Brad Loudon, 2/70 "Thunderbolt" Task Force, 1st Armoured Division:
''We arrived in Kuwait in late February, early March of 2003, took part with the 3rd ID (Infantry Division) in ground invasion into Iraq, fought battles in Nasiriyah, Samawah, Najaf, all the way up to Baghdad. From there we've been conducting security and support operations with the First Armoured Division ever since. We've been responsible for the western area of Baghdad. I think we make a lot of progress and I think Iraq's future looks bright.''
9. Various shots of soldiers of 1st Armoured Division packing up their kit ready to move out
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Specialist Tavarence Jones, 2/70 "Thunderbolt", 1st Armoured Division
''We are very happy now, we figure we did a good job and all the soldiers did a good thing, we are ready go back home now. Let other guys come here to do what they have to do to make this place a better place.''
11. Soldiers packing up kit bags
12. Estonian Army infantry unit attached to 2/70 "Thunderbolt" taking photos by an M1 Abrams tank
13. Tank guns
14. Two US soldiers, one of them talking on the phone

STORYLINE:

The soldiers of the US Army task force 2/70 "Thunderbolt" 1st Armoured Division handed over responsibility for the western part of Baghdad to their newly arrived comrades from US Army 1st Cavalry Division on Tuesday.

The soldiers of 2/70 spearheaded the invasion of Iraq last year and fought their way up to Baghdad in the battles of Nasiriyah, Samawah and Najaf.

After spending nearly a year away from their homes, the soldiers will be heading home to their base at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Specialist Tavarance Jones from St Martinville, Louisiana, said he was pleased to be going home, and happy with the work he and his unit had done in Iraq.


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