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01-20-2006, 01:00 PM
20 Jan. Stars and Stripes - Multi-National Corps-Iraq Welcomes New Commander (http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?article=34432&section=104).

Nine months after the end of his first tour in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli assumed command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq at a Camp Victory ceremony Thursday morning.

Chiarelli, who commanded the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq, will lead V Corps troops for their second tour in control of day-to-day operations in the country...

“It’s like seeing a friend’s child who was 4 the last time you saw him and is 14 now,” Chiarelli said in a brief interview after the ceremony, comparing Iraq now to the Iraq he left.

“You think, ‘My gosh, you’ve grown,’ but the parents don’t notice as much because they see their kid every day.”

Chiarelli said the focus of the coming year in Iraq will be training Iraqi security forces, along with building on the political momentum spurred by last year’s series of elections. He “reconned” Iraq during the December election and has spent the past 10 days visiting various commands and units throughout the country...