Iraq Recommendations Impact on Camp Lejeune

The high-level report on how to handle the US involvement in Iraq probably won't affect plans already in place for Camp Lejeune.

A blue-ribbon issued a report Wednesday warning against a large pullback of American forces or an open-ended commitment of troops.

About half of Camp Lejeune's Second Marine Division is scheduled be in Iraq by early 2007, when Major General Walter Gaskin and his staff take over control in the Fallujah region.

The Second Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune plans to start sending units to Iraq this month with an advance party leaving this weekend.

About 28-thousand troops will be under Gaskin's command when he takes over in western Iraq, including units from other Marine bases and an Army combat team. Another ten-thousand Iraqi soldiers will be assigned to work with the Americans.