While soldiers are not allowed to discuss many specifics of their mission while in Iraq, the 2nd Battalion 222nd Field Artillery of the Utah Army National Guard is in good spirits, said Capt. Cody Workman, commanding officer of the Triple Deuce A Battery.
"The soldiers in my task force are spread across several locations in Iraq and are having a major impact on the efficacy of Operation New Dawn," Workman said. He said many locations and specifics are not available for release to the public.
"There are several different components to our mission, and each of our guys is doing a great job," Workman said. "Our soldiers are doing an outstanding job in this non-standard mission and began receiving accolades from the first day that we took over."
Workman said the hometown soldiers always distinguish themselves in a professional way.
"I am truly blessed to have such amazing men in my unit," Workman said. "They represent their families, their communities and the United States of America very well to the Iraqi people."
Workman said the troops appreciate the love and support received from their home communities.
"The fact that so many wonderful people back home are keeping an eye on the welfare of our families allows us to focus on our mission here and is greatly appreciated," Workman said.
The 222nd was deployed in June. After training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., the soldiers were deployed to Iraq, where the mission is expected to keep them for nearly a year. The group includes 400 soldiers from Richfield, Cedar City, Beaver, Fillmore, St. George and surrounding communities.