News: Military KPRT changes command, not mission
Story by Sgt. Ruth Pagan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A change of command ceremony was held on Camp Nathan Smith today for the military component of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.
The KPRT is made up of soldiers, airmen, sailors and civilians who are working together in Kandahar to empower the local government through the people.
“The history of KPRT is one of changing faces, but steadfast commitment,” said Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, the deputy commanding general for support, Regional Command South, in a speech given during the ceremony.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. William Mallory relinquished his command of the KPRT to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael Murnane in a symbolic passing of the guidon.
“I have every bit of confidence that you and your team will not miss a beat,” said Mallory to the new commander. “With renewed energy and a different lens you will quickly find ways to improve the foxhole.”
The two commanders had been classmates at the Naval Academy almost 20 years ago.
“We are joining a team of professionals and we have a significant role to play to accomplish the mission,” Murnane said. “The mission is the variable, but the manner in which we accomplish it is the constant.”