Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram
U.S. Division – North Public Affairs
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. administered the Oath of Enlistment to 66 U.S. Division-North Soldiers during a re-enlistment and reaffirmation ceremony at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Dec. 24.
During the ceremony, Casey asked the re-enlisting Soldiers to emulate the dedication to their duty and comrades displayed by recent Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Robert Miller and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta.
“When you read the narratives of both of these awards, what you see is the bond of trust that is present in a Special Forces A Team, a platoon and throughout our Army,” said Casey. “It is this trust that has bonded us together over this decade of war.”
After the ceremony, Casey personally signed the re-enlistment contracts.
“Re-enlisting meant a lot more to me knowing Gen. Casey was part of the ceremony,” said Spc. Ryan Fischer, cargo specialist, 403rd Cargo Transfer Company, 394th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command. “I probably won’t get this opportunity again so this was a great experience for me.”
During his visit, Casey also recognized exceptional U.S. Division-North Soldiers during a special coining ceremony.
Sgt. Clyde Skinner III, forward observer, U.S. Division-North Fires section, Company A, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, said he felt honored that his leadership selected him to meet the Army’s highest ranking officer.
“This is a real honor for me,” he said.
Leaders selected Soldiers to meet Casey in recognition for their outstanding performance while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.
“Everywhere I go I see Soldiers making a difference for the Army and for their country,” Casey said. “Here is no different.”
Casey visited COB Speicher as part of a tour of U.S. military installations around the world.