U.S. Army Patrols in Babil Province

Sign documents officially transferring full ownership of Patrol Base Mahawil to the Iraqi Army in Babil Province. U.S. Army Col. Jeffrey Sinclair (R) of the 172nd Infantry Brigade prepares Ian Lauer (L) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota for elevation of rank from captain to major while his brother, Maj. Jonathan Lauer, watches at a promotion ceremony January 26, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Babil Province, Iraq. Promotions ceremonies and other similar military rituals are an important part of keeping up troop morale and discipline in the field, according to army commanders.


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