10 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-292

Transfer of Authority Ceremony at PRT Farah

FARAH, Afghanistan - A Transfer of Authority (TOA) Ceremony took place at ISAF’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah April 7. The Farah Guidon (colours flag) passed from outgoing PRT Commander, Michael Horan, to incoming Commander Frank Hughlett, both from United States Navy.

COMISAF, General Dan McNeill, and Regional Command - West Commander, Brigadier General Antonio Satta, flew in for the occasion.  Local dignitaries who attended the event included Governor Mullah Mohideen Baluch, ANA Chief of Staff General Bismullah Khan, and General Saqib Aga, Chief of Police for Farah Province.

Commander Hughlett is a native of Sterling Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Previous assignments include duty aboard the USS CHOSIN (CG 65) home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer aboard the USS RAMAGE (DDG 61); and Director of Training at the Center for Surface Combat Systems in Dahlgren, Virginia. While in command of Beachmaster Unit TWO in September 2004, he led the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander’s Naval Support Element in Biloxi, Mississippi in support of CJTF Katrina.

“I am honored and humbled to be here today in the presence of so many who have dedicated their lives and in certain cases risked their lives to advance the quality of life for the Afghan people here in Farah,” said Commander Hughlett during the TOA Ceremony.

During his visit the COMISAF, General McNeill, seized the chance to talk to soldiers and local nationals, and discussed security issues with Governor Baluch.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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