Wed, Sep

Coalition Commander Visits Kandahar


gen.-john-campbell-pay-visit-to-kandahar-1Afghanistan is in the midst of numerous transitions -- the transition from one president to another, transition of the ANSF to a modern force with updated equipment and the transition of the coalition mission from combat operations to one focused on advising the Afghan National Security Forces.

The promising potential of our country is becoming a reality with the continued partnership of the international community.
General John Campbell, the commander of the new international mission Resolute Support, visited Kandahar to witness firsthand the success of international efforts in helping Afghan forces build strength and take charge of security in Afghanistan.
Resolute Support focuses on training, advising, and assisting ANSF to ensure that the significant progress that has been made continues.
One of General Campbell’s priorities on this trip was to visit Camp Hero, the headquarters of the Afghan National Army’s 205th Corps. He began his visit by laying a wreath to honor those soldiers who died protecting Afghanistan.  He also took the opportunity to visit Major General Abdul Hamid, the 205th Corps commander, to discuss ongoing operations in Kandahar, potential improvements within the Corps as well as the challenges the unit was facing. 
During the discussion, General Hamid highlighted the cooperation between security forces in Kandahar, saying, “There is very good cooperation between all ANSF elements in Kandahar. We are making significant progress every day.” As the international forces focus on training and advising the ANSF, we can take pride in our ANSF for protecting the country and international partners for their continued support to help our country.
Following his visit to the 205th Corps headquarters, the Resolute Support commander traveled to the Kandahar International Airport with the TAAC-South commander, Brigadier General Douglas Gabram, to meet with Provincial Governor Dr. Tooryalai Wesa and the Director of Kandahar International Airport, Ahmadullah Faizi.  During the meeting, the leaders discussed the ongoing transition to the Resolute Support mission, while also discussing the continuing transition of the Islamic Government of Afghanistan following the inauguration of President Ghani. A future secured by our ANSF and a government elected by the people is an important milestone, which couldn’t have taken place without cooperation and participation of all Afghans.  
Concluding his visit, General Campbell spoke briefly to the group, thanking them for their contributions and highlighted his optimism for Afghanistan.  “I see good things in the future for Afghanistan. It couldn’t have happened without your contributions.”