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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer assumed responsibility for base operations on Bagram Airfield from the 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Hammer during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Bagram Airfield here Dec. 4. The ceremony marks the departure of TF Hammer, a Vermont National Guard unit and the arrival of TF Archer, an Iowa National Guard unit.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Palermo, a Georgia, Vt., resident and TF Hammer commander, highlighted the achievements of his task force stating how they went above and beyond his expectations to achieve their mission of leaving BAF better than they found it. Palermo credited their success to the experience of the soldiers who fall under him.
“I am very fortunate to have competent, knowledgeable officers and noncommissioned officers who took charge and accepted the responsibility of the mission,” said Palermo. “We took the experience of other deployments from all of you, asked questions, conducted many meetings to develop the best course of action, then implemented change...setting the wheels in motion to make BAF a better place.”
Palermo challenged Soldiers of TF Archer to create a new mission and improve upon what they accomplished, quoting an example he used during the relief-in-place briefings held the previous week of building a pyramid one block at a time. He accredited their outstanding degree of professionalism, dedication and ability for creativity as the tools which will allow them to accomplish this task.
“It is our time to turn this mission over to you, and there is no doubt in my mind that your Soldiers will take BAF to new levels of excellence,” said Palermo. “With the entire community of BAF, teamwork and your leadership, I know you will carry the tradition of excellence to a new level.”
U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and TF Archer commander, expressed the extent of TF Archer’s mission changes, but assured Palmero they would stay focused on the base operations mission.
"Our mission is expanded beyond the Base Operations mission of the 86th BSTB. We have responsibility for that mission, as well as our traditional BSB mission of sustaining brigade operations outside the wire in the brigade’s area of responsibility," said Perkins.
Perkins commented on the passion and hard work of TF Hammer and answered Palermo’s challenge with a promise to build upon their successes using the same work ethic and dedication his team did.
"The passion and hard work the 86th BSTB put into the base operations mission was evident throughout the RIP process,” said Perkins. "I promise the 86th BSTB, just as you built upon the hard work of your predecessors, TF Cyclone, we will continue your work with the same passion you have shown and build upon your successes."
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