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    Marne Division uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Marne Division uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Photo By Col. Amanda Azubuike | Maj. Gen. Mike Murray, U.S. Forces Afghanistan – Support, deputy commander, right,...... read more read more

    AFGHANISTAN

    12.07.2014

    Story by Lt. Col. Amanda Azubuike 

    3rd Infantry Division

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters uncased their colors in a deployed environment once again, during a ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 7.

    In November 2013, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers lined Cottrell Field at Fort Stewart and were greeted with open arms after a long deployment in Afghanistan. Less than 13 months later, the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters uncased their colors in a deployed environment once again, during a ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 7.

    Around 200 soldiers from the Marne Division have become part of the 9,800 U.S. troops that will remain in Afghanistan after NATO’s International Security Assistance Force mission ends, Dec. 31.

    As Operation Enduring Freedom draws to an end this month, the mission will change to a noncombat Resolute Support Mission. The division’s responsibilities will include logistical, medical, sustainment, signal and fuel support across Afghanistan, as well as the physical security at Bagram Air Field.

    “I am excited by the mission that lies ahead,” said Maj. Gen. Mike Murray, U.S. Forces Afghanistan – Support, deputy commander. “Resolute Support begins a new chapter in our partnership with the Afghan security forces.”

    Along with the USFOR-A deputy commander role, Murray will be wearing multiple hats during this yearlong deployment to include the role as Bagram commander. Most of these roles will allow 3rd ID soldiers a chance to work closely with not just service members from other branches of the U.S. military, but a chance to work hand-in-hand with many of our allied partners.

    The mission will shift focus to emphasize the processes and systems that will enable the Afghans to sustain their security forces and protect their people for the long-term. Although the mission focus of the past 13 years is about to significantly change, Murray is confident that his team is prepared to take on and overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

    “We only have a short year to make a difference,” Murray said. “So it’s time to get to work!”

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    Date Taken: 12.07.2014
    Date Posted: 12.09.2014 00:43
    Story ID: 149733
    Location: AF

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