Attention Bloggers: Learn what United States Forces-Iraq is doing in Iraq for the next 9 months before withdrawal

Join the U.S. Army’s Online and Social Media Division for a Bloggers Roundtable Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. EST to discuss the way ahead for U.S. Forces in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, Spokesman for United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I), will lead the conversation live from Baghdad as he discusses Operation New Dawn and the post-2011 relationship with Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, Director for Strategic Effects for United States will lead the conversation with bloggers live from Baghdad.

Bloggers participating in the conversation will learn about USF-I priorities in the months leading up to withdrawal and the transition of the U.S. mission to a completely civilian-led authority. Roundtable participants will be receive a snapshot of what USF-I is doing to develop the Iraqi Security Forces and build a foundation for the success of Iraq and future Iraq-U.S. relations. In addition to providing information about Operation New Dawn, Maj. Gen. Buchanan will field questions from roundtable participants.

Maj. Gen. Buchanan has served in Iraq during numerous tours. From 2003-2004, Maj. Gen.  Buchanan served as Director of Operations, Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, an organization charged with manning, training, and equipping the Iraqi Armed Forces.  While serving as a Brigade Commander in 2005-2006, he deployed part of his command to Iraq, where they served as Special Police Transition Teams for the Iraqi Police Commando Division.  In 2007, Maj. Gen. Buchanan assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) of the 10th Mountain Division, and deployed with the Division to Iraq in 2008-2009, where they served first as Multi-National Division Center and then as Multi-National Division-South. Maj. Gen. Buchanan became the Director for Strategic Effects for USF-I in September 2010. In this capacity, he coordinates and implements political, economic and communications activities on behalf of USF-I in addition to serving as the USF-I spokesman.

If you are interested in joining the discussion with Maj. Gen.  Buchanan on Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. EST, simply send an E-mail to Brittany.A.Brown [at] us.army.mil to confirm your participation and receive dial-in information.

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