ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan Formally Ceases Operations
ISAF Joint Command in
Afghanistan Formally Ceases Operations
From an International
Security Assistance Force News Release
Kabul, Afghanistan – (DoD
News) – December 8, 2014 – International Security Assistance Force Joint
Command, which has handled day-to-day operations in Afghanistan for five years,
formally cased its colors during a ceremony today at the command’s headquarters
at Kabul International Airport.
Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson and Royal
Army Maj. Gen. Richard Nugee lower the ISAF colors
The ceremony symbolizes the end of the ISAF Joint Command mission.
"Today, IJC will be subsumed into a coalition that is soon downsizing to
about 13,000 personnel," said Army Gen. John F. Campbell, ISAF commander. "This
is a historic transformation and reflects the progress that our coalition has
made with our Afghan partners.
“As the Afghan National Security Forces have become increasingly capable,” he
continued, “we shift our focus from combat operations to building [Afghan]
systems and processes to ensure long-term sustainability.”
Full Partnership With Afghan, NATO Forces
Working in full partnership with Afghan national security forces and NATO
partner nations, ISAF Joint Command’s mission was to conduct population-centric
comprehensive operations to neutralize the insurgency and support improved
governance and development to protect the Afghan people and provide a secure
environment for sustainable peace.
“You’ve done your job well -- so well that you’ve worked yourself out of a
job,” Campbell told members of the joint command at the casing ceremony.
The International Security Assistance Force is transitioning to the NATO-led
Resolute Support mission, which begins Jan. 1. Resolute Support will focus on
training, advising and assisting Afghan security institutions and Afghan
national security forces at the ministerial, institutional and operational
Army Gen. John F. Campbell
NATO International Security Assistance Force
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