News: Task Force Demons takes lead
Story by Capt. Andrew Cochran
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Task Force Falcons, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, transfered aviation operations responsibility in Regional Commands South, Southwest, and West at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 3.
“It is hard not to notice the agility, firepower and intensity that a combat aviation brigade brings to the battlefield, especially in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, commanding general, RC(S) and 4th Infantry Division.
With missions ranging from reconnaissance to sustainment operations, aviation gives commanders the ability to impose their will on the battlefield at a chosen time and place, LaCamera added.
Task Force Demons will continue to conduct aviation operations supporting International Security Assistance Force and Afghanistan National Security Forces regardless of troop levels. Col. Matthew Lewis, commander, TF Demons, knows the mission remains the same.
“Task Force Demons enters the game like the relief pitcher in a long, hard-fought baseball game,” Lewis said. “We have the lead and we intend to keep it. We have a great team of young, enthusiastic Soldiers who are dedicated to the mission of a free, secure, and prosperous Afghanistan.”
“We are committed to the safety and security of the soldiers and civilians of the ISAF, the ANSF, and the citizens of Afghanistan,” Lewis continued.
Task Force Demons assumes an area of responsibility approximately the size of Montana, with a landscape varying from 10,000-foot mountains to vast open deserts.
Task Force Demons is expected to serve a nine-month deployment to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under the command of RC(S).