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Mountain Division assumes command in Afghanistan
By U.S. Army Master Sgt. Kap Kim
RC-East Public Affairs Office
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Feb. 6, 2014)
The 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), from Fort Drum, N.Y., assumed command of Regional Command
East from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), from Fort Campbell, Ky., during a Transfer-of- Authority ceremony Feb. 6, at Bagram Airfield. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, Combined Joint Task Force-
commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, cased the 101st colors and Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, CJTF-
10’s commanding general and Command Sgt.
odney “Ray” Lewis, uncased the
colors, symboling the relinquishing of command responsibility of RC-East. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, presided over the ceremony.
“This transition of authority today represents, once again, the commitment of the
United States to the success of the Afghan government, to the success of the Afghan National Security Forces, and to the success and better life of the Afghan people
we are t
ruly dedicated to that.”
101’s McConville spoke to his Afghan
teammates and thanked them for their support through the year.
“You know it’s truly been one team for the past 12 months,” McConville said of his Afghan general counterparts. “It’s b
een an honor and priveledge for Regional Command
East to have served side-by-
side with each one of you.”
For Townsend and CJTF-10, their mission this year will be nearly the same as the their predecessors as he told the attendees that later this year, the 10th Mtn. Div. would be postured to assist the Afghan Security Forces and the government into the future through the NATO Security Assistance Mission: Resolute Support.
“Our Afghan brothers can count on the 10th Mountain Division to help them, as the
become more confident and self reliant, protecting the people and securing their country,” Townsend said. “We will help the Afghan Security Forces in targeting insurgents and terrorists so they can’t launch attacks against Afghanistan or from Afghanistan.”
A little more than 12 years ago, the 10th Mtn. Div. (LI), sent Soldiers from their Special Troops Battalion and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Soon after, in December 2001, Maj. Gen. Franklin Hagenbeck, the commander of 10th Mtn. Div., took the division headquarters to Karshi-Khanabad Airbase in Uzbekistan and later to Bagram Airfield, to command CJTF-Mountain. Both divisions are no strangers to the war on terrorism that sent its Soldiers to both Afghanistan and Iraq.