Steps In And Relieves 82nd Airborne
The command of Combined Joint Task Force Regional Command – East was assumed by the soldiers from the 101st Airborne. Previously, the command had been occupied by soldiers of 82nd Airborne. The change of command ceremony was held April 10th, and Major General Jeffrey Schoesser, the new commander of 101st Airborne spoke words of praise at the highly effective performance of 82nd Airborne. The 82nd Airborne have been in command of CJTF-101 for the last 15th months. General Schoesser said that the quality of command would continue with his soldiers.
“We will continue to work with Afghanistan partners and other coalition troops to rebuild the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, their quality of overall life will improve as terror and violence is reduced,” said General Schoesser.
The smooth transition of authority is an example of NATO alliance, and the U.S. Government and its commitment to the people of Afghanistan.
The Taliban had many issues with modern life, since the passing of their rule there are over 8,000 new schools and nearly 140,000 teachers. “The ceremony that was held today is not about words, but about success,” said Major General David Rodriquez. General Rodriquez is the commander of 82nd Airborne and the outgoing commander of CJTF-101.
This is the first time since the ending of World War II that a well known Army division, the 82nd Airborne, has been replaced in a major command by another well known Army Division, in this case the 101st Airborne.
The 101st Airborne is also known as the “Screaming Eagles. Part of their force, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams also currently are part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, while the rest of the members of 101st Airborne Division are here in Afghanistan, now as command division of the CJTF – 101.