Casing the Colors in Iraq
02:25 PM EDT
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey -- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- were in Baghdad today to bring the mission in Iraq to its official end.
At Baghdad Airport, in a ceremony steeped in tradition and history, soldiers lowered and cased the U.S. flag in preparating for its return to the United States.
"This will be an historic moment where we basically enter a new chapter in Iraq in which we deal with them in a way that represents the kind of normal relationship we have with other countries," Secretary Panetta said.
The drawdown will continue through December 31.