New Marine General Assumes Command of U.S., NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awards a Distinguished Service Medal to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, outgoing commander for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, before a change-of-command ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. During the ceremony, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. assumed command from Allen, who is nominated to serve as supreme allied commander for Europe. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the audience during a change-of-command ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. assumed command from U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during the ceremony in which U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., far left, assumes command of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, second from left, commander of U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, fourth from right, outgoing commander, participated in the event. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., incoming commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, outgoing commander, participate in a change-of-command ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, hands the U.S. Forces Afghanistan colors to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. during the change-of-command ceremony for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, center, outgoing commander, has been nominated to be the next supreme allied commander for Europe. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joann Moravac
  • U.S. Marine Corps Gen.  John Allen, outgoing commander for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, presents the International Security Assistance Force flag to German Gen. Hans-Lothar Domröse during a change-of-command ceremony at the force's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., incoming commander of U.S. and NATO forces, makes remarks during a change-of-command ceremony at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. International Security Assistance Force photo
  • U.S. Marine Corp Gen. John R. Allen, outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, embraces U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., incoming commander, during a change-of-command ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. U.S. Marine Corp Gen. James N. Mattis, left, commander of U.S. Central Command, participated in the event. International Security Assistance Force photo
  • Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen as U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps commandant, looks on at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013.  DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • Former Afghan President Sibghatullah Mojaddedi talks with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, after a change-of-command ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013.  DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S.Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, leave the International Security Assistance Force headquarters after a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2013. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen