Photos by SPC Bobbie Allen, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Douglass Sims of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, presents a portrait of the unit to Sheik Abu Ikhlaas, on Oct. 24, 2008. Sheik Ikhlaas is hosting the Farewell/New Beginning Sphere of Influence Transition dinner at his home where the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment releases command to the 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Sheik Abu Ikhlaas and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Douglass Sims, of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, view a plaque presented to Sheik Ikhlaas from Lt. Col. Sims and the 2nd SCR, on Oct 24, 2008. Sheik Ikhlaas hosted the Farewell/New Beginning Sphere of Influence Transition dinner at his home where the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment releases command to the 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The sons of Sheik Abu Ikhlaas prepare dinner on the lawn of the sheik’s house, on Oct. 24, 2008. Sheik Ilkhaas is hosting the Farewell/New Beginning Sphere of Influence Transition dinner at his home where the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment releases command to the 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

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