25 Jun 2007

PR# 2007-475

Bulgarians replace Romanians at Kandahar Air Field

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – The 1st Bulgarian Tower Company replaced the 2nd Romanian Infantry Company as the Kandahar Air Field Force Protection element during a transfer-of-authority ceremony here June 20.

Capt. Petko Tsankov Tsanev succeeded Capt. Decebel Niculescu as commander of the KAF Tower Company force protection element, responsible for ensuring the security of the largest ISAF installation. 

“During the next six months the 1st Bulgarian Tower Company will provide security for Kandahar Air Field,” Tsanev said.  “We will execute our tasks with professionalism, honor and dignity.”

In addressing the audience, Stevens said, “It’s an honor today to host this transfer of authority between two magnificent units representing Romania and Bulgaria. Two nations that are NATO members who are committed to our international mission in Afghanistan and who proudly stand and fight alongside coalition forces in the war against terrorism.”

“You have shown that the people of Romania, who themselves felt the dagger of tyranny at their throat, are the strongest fighters for those who are still seeking democracy,” Stevens added.

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