Friends Part After Serving Together
Sometimes the best friends are the ones you meet in adversity. The soldiers that serve together from different nations often become like brothers, and they will carry the memories of miles slogged and missions completed for the rest of their lives.
The soldiers that have served in Iraq at Camp Taji from Macedonia are headed home after 12 months of service with the 25th Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade. Two Macedonia platoons are headed home and they are being replaced by two new platoons from Macedonia.
After about six months of partnerships with other coalition soldiers, they are all sorry to see the Macedonian soldiers head home. Many different soldiers were partnershiped with the Macedonian soldiers, and as they worked side-by-side many different friendships were formed.
“Even at just two platoons of soldiers, the Macedonian Soldiers have made their mark,” said Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Gleichenhaus. Colonel Gleichenhaus is the commander of 11th Field Artillery regiment, 2nd battalion.
“It has allowed many different things and areas of success that was not possible without their assistance,” said Colonel Gleichenhaus.
The Macedonian Soldier were instrumental in the fight for Sadr City and in a number of recent operations. When the Coalition soldiers of the Golden Dragon Rangers were sent to Sadr City the Macedonians were a huge assistance to them.