According to a release detailing probably the last change of command for the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Iraq as US forces drawdown this year, the unit has completed 3,000 mounted and 140 dismounted outside-the-wire missions over some 79,000 miles “of the most contested operating environment in Baghdad, managing also to train 7,000 Iraqi policemen and build up 148 police stations. During this action since 2006, the 500-person unit has seen five airmen killed and several injured. It’s been called the “largest and bloodiest” Air Force squadron in Iraq. The unit’s new commander, Lt. Col. Dustin Sutton, said: “The 732nd has a rich history here. We provide law and order and are essential in police mentoring missions that are dynamic and dangerous and we complete them flawlessly.” (332nd Air Expeditionary Wing report by A1C Allison Boehm)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.