BAGHDAD – It’s no secret that some folks snickered at the name Multi-National Force-Iraq when the American military was really shouldering the load of the combat operations across Iraq during the first six years of the war.
But with the withdrawal of British and Australian forces earlier this year, the coalition isn’t a multi-national force at all anymore. So starting Jan. 1, changes are coming to the top commands in Iraq.
Multi-National Force-Iraq, Multi-National Corps-Iraq and Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq will merge into one unit: U.S. Forces-Iraq.
Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby, the Fort Lewis commander serving as the American military second-in-command in Iraq, will become one of two three-star deputies to Gen. Ray Odierno.
“Essentially,” he said last week, “we’ll keep the same portfolio we have now.”
The merger should take a few months to complete. And for folks who are curious, the MNF-I patch will continue forward as the USF-I patch.