Story and Photos by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Soldiers with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, “Task Force Wings,” 25th Infantry Division, took control of Afghanistan’s skies after a transfer of authority ceremony with 159th CAB, “TF Thunder,” here, Feb. 17.
With the transfers of authority of “TF Diamond Head,” “TF Gunfighter,” “TF Hammerhead,” “TF Lightning Horse” and “TF Lobos” complete, TF Wings is prepared to continue the mission of supporting about 64,000 members of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghanistan National Security Forces in Regional Command-South.
“Soldiers always continuously amaze you with what they are capable of,” said Col. Kenneth Royar, commander, 159th CAB. “TF Thunder has performed full-spectrum aviation operations during this rotation, allowing Afghanistan to become safer for its people. The 25th CAB is a great organization, and I know they will take it to a new level.”
Besides aviation operations, TF Wings will also build upon existing partnership relations with Afghanistan National Security Forces and coalition forces.
“It is a proud day for the entire ‘Wings of Lightning’ team to assume operations in RC-South,” said Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB. “The Wings of Lightning Bde. is especially appreciative of the quality of the relief in place led by TF Thunder. We are dedicated to living up to our motto: ‘Lele makou no na puali,’ or ‘We fly for the troops.’”