82nd Airborne assumes command of RC-East from 101st Airborne in Afghanistan
Written by Bagram Media Center   
Wednesday, 03 June 2009

090603-a-4308g-104.jpgBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (June 3, 2009) – Fifteen months after transferring authority of Regional Command-East, the 82nd Airborne Division is back and officially assumed command of RC-East from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield June 3.

The ceremony marks the official transition from Combined Joint Task Force-101 to Combined Joint Task Force-82, with the new unit assuming responsibility for 14 provinces in eastern Afghanistan along the Pakistan border. 

During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and CJTF-82, praised the 101st Airborne for their 15 months of service working to enhance the lives of the Afghan people.

“The leadership of the 101st forged an exceptional team that has proven an unparalleled understanding of, and performance in, this complex environment,” Scaparrotti said. “In partnership with the people of Afghanistan, they have taken the fight to our common enemy and improved the lives of thousands of Afghan citizens.”

090603-a-4308g-089.jpgMaj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of the 101st Airborne Division and CJTF-101 reflected on the accomplishments made by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, civilians and coalition partners in his task force during past 15 months while also looking to the future with CJTF-82.

“You can hold your head high at what you were able to accomplish. History will record your accomplishments here fighting those who would terrorize the world,” Schloesser said. “While we say farewell to Afghanistan, another great task force returns to take our place. The 82nd Airborne Division – no strangers to Afghanistan -- led by Maj. Gen. Scaparrotti will continue to assist the government, the Afghan National Security Forces, and the people of Afghanistan increasing security, improving governance and developing Afghanistan.”

RC-East’s mission is to bring development, governance and security to Afghanistan, and ultimately deny terrorists safe haven to launch attacks against the U.S. and its allies.  CJTF-82 will work directly with the International Security Assistance Force, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to maintain security and development for the region.

The 82nd Airborne Division, deployed here from Fort Bragg, N.C., will maintain control of RC-East for approximately one year.  The 101st Airborne Division, known as the “Screaming Eagles,” is based out of Fort Campbell, Ky., and has been deployed to Afghanistan since April 2008.