10th Mountain Division Takes Over Regional Command - East
Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division has assumed command of Regional Command - East in Afghanistan.
The division takes over for the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
A transfer-of-authority ceremony was held Thursday at Bagram Airfield.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, Combined Joint Task Force-101's 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. Maj. Rodney "Ray" Lewis, uncased the colors, trandferring authority of RC-East.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, presided over the ceremony.
Townsend said that later this year, the 10th Mountain Division 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 they 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 Mountain Division sent soldiers from the 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, then-commander of the 10th Mountain Division, took the division headquarters to Karshi-Khanabad Airbase in Uzbekistan and later to Bagram Airfield, to command CJTF-Mountain.