Maj. Gen. Mike Oates, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander, temporarily mans the guard post of a 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldier - overlooking mountainous terrain in northern Iraq. The 1st BCT deployed to the Kirkuk area of northern Iraq in September of 2007, when they began a 15-month combat tour.
Oates, along with 10th Mtn. Div. Command Sgt. Maj. James Redmore, visited with Soldiers throughout the 1st BCT Jan. 24th and 25th; recognizing their efforts and giving them update on the state of the division.
(U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Sean E. Wilson, 1/10th Mtn. Div. PAO)