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BAGHDAD — The 3rd Infantry Division’s headquarters unit has arrived in Baghdad and begun a deployment in which it will offer another level of command guidance for soldiers involved in the “surge” of U.S. forces in the capital.

According to U.S. military officials, the division headquarters “will be referred to as Multi-National Division-Center and take up responsibilities in an operational area just south of Baghdad.”

The headquarters marked its official arrival by uncasing its colors at a ceremony Saturday at Camp Victory.

The unit’s assignment will be “command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of the new Baghdad Security Plan,” a news release read.

Based at Fort Stewart, Ga., the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters is now in its third Iraq deployment. It was the lead ground unit for the initial invasion, then served a second tour in Baghdad during 2005.

It is now led by Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, himself no stranger to Iraq. Now the commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, he had spent a previous high-profile tour in the country as the main military spokesman for the U.S.-led force.

“Today as we uncase the colors, we begin the next chapter in the history of this magnificent division, a history that spans nine decades,” Lynch was quoted as saying during the uncasing of the colors. “It’s significant in our history and the history of the free world — Task Force Marne has arrived.”

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