14 July 2008

PR# 2008-318

Change of command for ISAF’s RC-W Battle Group


KABUL, Afghanistan - A new era started for Camp Arena, Herat, as Spanish Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Romero, 7th Bandera de Fanteria Legionaria commander, handed over command of Regional Command West Battle Group to Italian Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Paglialunga, 1st Airmobile Battalion commander during a change of command ceremony July 10.

The ceremony was presided over by Brigadier General Francesco Arena, RC-W Commander. BG Arena thanked Lt. Col. Romero and the troops of the battle group for their commitment and efforts to accomplish a difficult mission. He thanked them for providing security and stability to the area so that reconstruction and development could continue. He concluded his speech by giving his deepest wishes for safety and success for the mission under the new command of Lt. Col. Paglialunga.

The ceremony concluded with BG Areana signing the transfer of authority between Spain and Italy. Spain has had authority for the past nine months and both nations contribute the most ISAF troops to western Afghanistan.

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