III Corps return home after Middle East deployment

Posted at 5:11 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 18:11:04-04

III Corps returned home after completing its deployment to the Middle East in a transfer of authority ceremony for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve on Friday.

The commanding general of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph L. Votel presided over the ceremony. He remarked on the leadership by Gen. Funk of the largest military coalition in history.

In attendance were Iraqi partners, distinguished guests, Coalition Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and law enforcement officials.

"We are immensely grateful to our families, friends and the Central Texas community for your love and support throughout our deployment. Day in and day out, your Phantom Warriors took the fight to the enemy as they tenaciously worked by, with, and through our Iraqi and Syrian partners to defeat ISIS," Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, III Corps Command Sergeant Major said.

The III Corps is no stranger to the Middle East. They hold six U.S. Army battle streamers for operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

They've also led the CJTF-OIR from Sept. 22, 2015, to Aug. 21, 2016.

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