Apr 12, 2010

1 MEF (Fwd) Takes over in S. Afghanistan


April 12, 2009


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan –

The transfer of authority from Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan to I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), officially occurred April 12 during a ceremony here.

During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commanding general of I MEF (Fwd), assumed responsibility for the task force’s area of operations from Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson.

“Helmand province is a different place because of their efforts,” said Maj. Gen. Mills, referring to the Marines of MEB-Afghanistan. “It’s different because of the tactics and success they had on the battlefield. It’s different because of the success they had in the governance and economic area. They have truly changed the lives of the Afghan people and they have done that by paying with blood, sweat and tears required to accomplish a great tough mission.”

The guest speaker at the ceremony was Helmand provincial Governor Gulab Mangal.

“The security situation has been changed,” said Mangal. “People have new hope for a bright future. To bring security, peace in Helmand, Marines tried the best to get the trust and confidence of Afghan people. On behalf of the Afghan government and Helmand people, I would like to pay my condolences to family members in the United States for the sacrifice they suffered so, that Helmand province can have security and peace. MEB-Afghanistan will be remembered in the history of Helmand and Afghanistan.”

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