Archive for Friday, July 13, 2007

New commander at fort’s helm

July 13, 2007

The new commander at Fort Leavenworth, fresh off a tour in Iraq, said progress was being made in the war-torn country.

After a ceremony Thursday honoring him as the new commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV spoke about his year in Iraq.

"There is not a quick solution to the situation in Iraq, and it's going to take time. But the questions are, 'Is it moving forward, and is progress being made, and what is the long-term goal we want to achieve over there?'"

He said since arriving in Iraq in May 2006, he has seen multinational troops and Iraqi forces begin to work together toward reconciliation. He said that because the Iraqi government was new and apprehensive, it was going to take time to get on its feet. But he added there still was a visible difference in the growth and commitment of the country.

For more on Caldwell, see the July 19 issue of The Current.

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