From the event

23 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-125

Task Force Fury shares responsibility with TF Spartan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - In front of a crowd of Afghan leaders, local citizens and ISAF members, Task Force (TF) Fury solidified their arrival to Afghanistan by assuming command of the southern portion of Regional Command-East (RC-E) from TF Spartan, in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Salerno Feb. 21.

Col. Martin P. Schweitzer, commander of TF Fury, acknowledged the progress made in Afghanistan, and recognized the success of the soldiers from TF Spartan, who have operated in RC-E for the past year. “The Spartans set the bar for professionalism, integration of Afghan units, and represented America with distinction,” Col. Schweitzer said. “We will do our best to continue along the path you have set.”

TF Fury was initially set to replace TF Spartan; however, under a new increased force plan, the two brigades will operate in the same area together. TF Spartan’s area of responsibility will be the northern portion of RC-E and TF Fury will support in the south of the region. The increased troop presence is part of the Department of Defence’s strategy to quell Taliban activities in Afghanistan.

“Together with the Afghan National Security Forces, and our two brigades, we will defeat the enemy,” said Col. John W. Nicholson, commander of TF Spartan, when speaking to the local Afghan leadership. “America is sending you its finest soldiers to fight alongside you.”

Although the ANSF forces have grown exponentially over the past four years, the primary goal of both brigades will be to help in the further development of ANSF forces, Col. Schweitzer explained.

Soldiers from both Task Forces will integrate Afghan security agencies into their daily operations, allowing for the continued progress of those security agencies. “By doubling the combat formation we will be able to help that [the progress] significantly,” Col. Schweitzer added.

Several local Afghan leaders welcomed the incoming TF Fury and thanked both brigades for their continued efforts in Afghanistan.

“In the past five years Afghanistan, and in particular in Khowst, a lot has been accomplished because of the people and our friends, especially those of America,” said Arsala Jamal, the Governor of Khowst Province. “I would like to welcome Col. Schweitzer. I believe, and this comes from the bottom of my heart, that you will defeat the enemies of Khowst and Afghanistan.”

TF Fury is largely comprised of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The 4th BCT is the newest addition to the 82nd Airborne Division, having stood up just over 12 months ago, in January 2006.

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