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New NATO Command in Kabul Focuses on Afghan Training

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Nov. 23, 2009 – A newly established NATO command was activated Nov. 21 at Camp Eggers here, as the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan merged with the new NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan to create a unified command for the training of Afghan security forces.

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The NATO flag is dipped in front of U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. Forces -Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Forces commander symbolizing the activation of NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan during a ceremony at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Mobley
  

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The multination partnership aims to foster new and existing relationships and build on the already expanding task of training and mentoring Afghan national security forces in preparation for the future security and sustainment of Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, who was tapped to lead the new NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, intends to continue focusing coalition forces efforts on Afghanistan’s sustainability as a free and open society.

“Our mission is about teaming with Afghans to build a bright, dynamic future for this sovereign nation. As the…mission has evolved, so has the mindset governing our outlook and perspective,” said U.S. Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, who was tapped to lead the new command. “This new mindset, a mindset that challenges us to focus on the people of Afghanistan, requires us to be agile, adaptive, culturally respectful, and innovative. With this mission, and this new mindset, the path to success for [the command] lies with 3 T’s: teaming, transparency, and transition.”

U.S. Commanding General Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who heads NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and more than 400 coalition soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, U.S. Defense Department civilians, joined with the Afghan ministers of defense and interior and partner nation representatives at the activation and change-of-command ceremony.

The former commander, Maj. Gen. Richard P. Formica, applauded previous successes while looking to the future with a sense of optimism and pride with the establishment of NTM-A.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve here in Afghanistan,” Formica said. “Those of us who serve here recognize the strategic importance of this mission and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to bringing stability and security to the people of Afghanistan.”

Preceding the activation, an official change-of-command ceremony was held at Camp Eggers where Caldwell assumed authority from Formica.

(From a NATO Training Mission Afghanistan news release.)

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Biographies:
Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV
Army Maj. Gen. Richard P. Formica

Related Sites:
Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan
NATO International Security Assistance Force
NATO


Click photo for screen-resolution imageAfghan Minister of Defense H.E. Minister Wardak addresses attendees at the change of command and the official activation of the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Mobley  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageU.S. Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, left, receives the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan guidon from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, International Security Assistance Force and U.S.Forces Afghanistan commander, during the ceremony marking the change of command and the official activation of the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan on Camp Eggers in Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imagePolish army Sgt. Mariusz Pryzgon and Warrant Officer Rafal Marciniak raise the NATO flag for the first time over Camp Eggers during the ceremony marking the change of command and the official activation of the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan, Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer F. Julian Carroll   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageAfghan Minister of the Interior H.E. Minister Atmar addresses more than 400 Coalition soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors, and partner nation representatives attending the change of command and the official activation of the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan on Camp Eggers in Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer F. Julian Carroll   
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