CTF Lancer takes the reins from CTF Warhorse

2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Story by Sgt. Ryan Hohman

Date: 05.14.2012
Posted: 05.16.2012 12:07
News ID: 88503
CTF Lancer takes the reins from CTF Warhorse

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division assumed responsibility of Kandahar City from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, May 14.<br /> <br /> Also known as the Lancers, the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team began deploying from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington in March. Over the course of several weeks, the Lancers worked closely with the soldiers of Combined Task Force Warhorse, also known as 2-4BCT, to assume responsibility for a large area that includes sprawling Kandahar City.<br /> <br /> The Lancers adapted rapidly to the complex environment and established close relationships with their partners in the Afghan National Security Forces and government.<br /> <br /> CTF Warhorse will be returning to their home station, Fort Carson, Colo., after a year-long deployment. During their deployment, CTF Warhorse worked with their Afghan partners to secure what was once known as one of the most deadly regions within Afghanistan.<br /> <br /> In attendance during the ceremony was Maj. Gen. James Huggins, who serves as the Regional Command-South Commander. During the ceremony he praised CTF Warhorse for their hard work and congratulated them for their successful deployment.<br /> <br /> “[The soldiers of CTF Warhorse] have been challenged with the most complicated battle space in RC-S, and the most populated terrain, Kandahar City, to operate,” said Maj. Gen. Huggins. “I can say with absolute confidence though, this morning, together, CTF Warhorse and their [Afghan National Security Forces] partners have put Kandahar on an irreversible path to self sustainment for the freedom of the Afghan people.”<br /> <br /> CTF Lancer Commander, Col. Barry Huggins, spoke during the ceremony to ensure his new Afghan partners that he would continue the strong working relationship built by CTF Warhorse.<br /> <br /> “Today, in front of you all, I pledge myself and my soldiers to stand together with the people of Afghanistan, with their government, with the Afghan security forces, and with our coalition partners,” said Col. Huggins. “And I pledge to bind myself to you with cords of common purpose, and trust, and respect, and I pledge that together, we will never be broken.”<br /> As CTF Lancer moves forward with their Afghan partners in the lead, they look to continue the effort to stabilize the region for a more peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.