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Posted on Sep 26, 2008 in War College

General Petraeus’ Farewell to the Troops

By Armchair General

Gen. David Petraeus addresses hundreds of spectators at Camp Victory after handing over control of Multi-National Force-Iraq to Gen. Ray Odierno on Sept. 16. Photo by Army Sgt. Brent Powell.

On September 16, 2008, Gen.  David Petraeus turned over control of Multi-National Force-Iraq to his former deputy, General Ray Odierno. The ceremony took place at Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Baghdad.

The 55-year-old Petraeus is leaving to assume new duties as the head of U.S. Central Command, which will have him overseeing U.S. efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Armchair General is happy to provide our readers with a copy of Gen. Petraeus’ farewell letter to his troops.


From left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, outgoing Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander Army Gen. David Petraeus and incoming MNF-I Commander Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Camp Victory, Iraq, Sept. 16, 2008. Photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Jerry Morrison.

1 Comment

  1. Iwas a patient in a Boston Hospital last sept. 07, the tv was on and the General was on, my roomates son in-law, commented that he knew someone that had gone to West Point with the General, he mentioned the man’s name and I spoke from behind the curtain that the same man
    was a neighbor of mine, Joe Materia, from Norton, Ma…it is a very small world..