14 Jun 2007

PR# 2007-442

New commander at PRT Meymaneh

MEYMANEH, Afghanistan – Norwegian Lt. Col. Jørn Erik Berntsen assumed command of ISAF’s Provincial Reconstruction Team Meymaneh in Faryab province June 12.

Berntsen replaced Lt. Col. Arne Opperud, who returned to Norway.

“Like our predecessors, we will assist and support the people of Faryab in the areas of security, governance and development,” said Berntsen at the change-of-command ceremony at PRT Meymaneh city camp on Tuesday morning.

Berntsen also said PRT personnel will continue with the mission there, ever mindful of respecting Afghan culture and history.

PRT Meymaneh has peacekeepers from Norway, Finland and Latvia.

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