05 June 2008

PR# 2008-231

Herat Forward Support Base hails, farewells leaders in ceremony

KABUL, Afghanistan – Colonel José Manuel García-Fontecha transferred authority of Herat Forward Support Base (FSB) and the Spanish contingent command to Colonel Fernando L. Horcada Rubio on 4 June.

With the presence of Brigadier General Francesco Arena, Regional Command West commander, and Brigadier General Carlos Pérez de Uribarri, Spanish Operations Division Chief of Staff, the transfer of authority ceremony of Herat (FSB) and Spanish Contingent has taken place.

Col. Fontecha served in Afghanistan from January to June 2008.

After a ceremonial act of passing the NATO flag as a symbol of the transfer of authority, Col. Fontecha addressed the multinational contingent and thanked them for their support and dedication to the mission.

Then, Gen. Uribarri presided over the second ceremony, the Spanish contingent transfer of authority, where Col. Horcada was sworn in, taking full responsibility for the Spanish contingent.

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