Combined Joint Task Force 101
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — U.S. Soldiers, Afghan National Security Force soldiers and local Afghan dignitaries gathered to witness the transfer of authority ceremony to “Task Force Bronco,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, here, May 3.
TF Bastogne, 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Div., out of Fort Campbell, Ky., controlled the Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces of Regional Command-East, here, for the last year.
TF Bronco will assume responsibility of the area for the next year, minus Laghman province.
Col. Richard Kim, commander, TF Bronco, 3rd BCT, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano, senior enlisted leader, TF Bronco, 3rd BCT, unfurled the brigade colors over their new area of operations.
Kim thanked TF Bastogne for paving the way for TF Bronco’s 12-month deployment.
“I want to start by thanking TF Bastogne (members) for their magnificent work over this past year,” Kim said. “As a result of their sacrifices and fighting alongside their Afghan army, uniformed and Border Police partners, the people of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan have new hope and renewed faith in their government.”
Kim, who has served in Afghanistan in the past, expressed optimism in working toward a better Afghanistan during this deployment.
“After meeting with Afghan governmental and military leaders, I am excited about what we can accomplish together over this next year,” Kim said. “We have established an outstanding joint and combined team. However, true success is only possible when achieved in conjunction with our Afghan partners.”
Spano, who is also a veteran from former Operation Enduring Freedom deployments, expressed his resolve for the people of Afghanistan and the Soldiers of TF Bronco.
“As the Bronco Bde. Soldiers take responsibility of the area of eastern Afghanistan, I want the people of this area to see that the American Soldier is kind, but firm, and our resolve is solid,” Spano said. “These young men and women will walk away from this deployment convinced they are doing the right thing.
“These Soldiers are ready to do what is necessary, and I am proud of them,” he said.