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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Both Task Force Morgan of the Vermont National Guard, and TF Red Horse of the Iowa National Guard, squadron and troop leadership and guidon bearers stand at attention for the transfer of authority ceremony here Nov. 30. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In a ceremony ripe with military tradition, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division and the Iowa National Guard, provided relief in place to 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Vermont National Guard, during a transfer of authority hand-off Nov. 30 on Bagram Airfield.


The units, also known as Task Force Red Horse and TF Morgan respectively, trained together for the past few weeks preparing Task Force Red Horse Soldiers for the missions that lie ahead of them. Task Force Red Horse assumes responsibility of Bagram Airfield and Parwan Province security.

“You have much to be proud of,” said U.S Army Col. Will F. Roy, TF Wolverine commander and Jericho, Vt. resident, addressing TF Morgan Soldiers. “Whether it was building bridges, both figuratively and literally, as well conducting combined operations with the ANSF... what you have done has truly made a difference here.”

Throughout their deployment, TF Morgan accomplished many missions and reacted to numerous insurgent attacks, including the insurgent attack launched on Bagram Airfield May 19 where 16 insurgents were killed and five other detained.

“For Task Force Red Horse, I wish you the very best at your mission,” said Roy. “Never forget, we are guests here, and our ultimate goal is to leave Afghanistan better than we found it.”

“Task Force Red Horse mobilized with this mission in mind,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. David A. Updegraff, TF Red Horse commander and Wauconda, Ill., resident. “I believe that we are currently ready to take this mission and use the success that Task Force Morgan has shown as a spring board to further the coalition goals in Parwan and the BAF security zone.”

The Iowa National Guard Soldiers will pick where the Vermont National Guard Soldiers left off in Parwan Province by working with and assisting Afghans to better the communities and provide security in the TF Red Horse area of operations.
 

 

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Red Horse squadron and troop leadership and guidon bearers present arms while the national anthem is played during the transfer of authority ceremony here Nov. 30. TF Red Horse is primarily comprised of Iowa National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment based out of Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)

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