Issue 59 June 24, 2011
Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
Warhorse begins partnerships in Afghanistan Story and photos by Spc. April York 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO
A Transfer of Authority Ceremony was held on Camp Nathan Smith, June 19, which signifies the end of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division’s deployment and the beginning of their sister brigade 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division’s partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan National Security Forces in Regional Command South. During their deployment, Task Force Raider established a concrete partnership with GIRoA, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army to create stability and security for the people of Afghanistan. “Today is a significant day for the Raider Brigade – it is a day of transition,” said Col. Jeffrey R. Martindale, commander of 1st BCT. “It is a day where we say farewell to our Afghan partners and hand the torch to another team to continue the fight.” “Make no mistake, the enemy is weak and on the run,” he said. “The enemy is afraid of the Afghan leaders sitting here today.” When TF Raider assumed responsibility in August 2010 they were the first heavy brigade
Col. John S. Kolasheski, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa, command sergeant major of 2nd BCT uncase their brigade colors at a Transfer of Authority ceremony held on Camp Nathan Smith.
combat team in Afghanistan. TF Raider performed duties at over 75 Forward Operating Bases, Combat Outposts, Police Substations and Access Control Points, while living and working alongside their Afghan brothers-in-arms. They participated in over 52,000 patrols, conducted over 10,000 Key Leader and Street Level Engagements,
Commander’s Column TOA Speech
Col. John S. Kolasheski, commander 2nd Brigade Combat Team Combined Task Force Warhorse
While today marks an important event for Col. Martindale’s brigade and my own as we transition partner responsibilities for security, strengthening your government’s ability to meet the needs of its citizens, and encouraging economic development, it is NOT an important day for the Afghan people. Life continues on as it has for thousands of years. Without question much has been done here in Kandahar over the past 12 months, but this coming year is just as important for the
and found and destroyed over 800 Improvised Explosive Devices. Humanitarian efforts were also a priority. TF Raider completed more than 300 projects to include: renovations or new construction of 19 schools, five clinics and nine district centers. They also rebuilt seven villages and repaired more than 65 roads. “It is my deepest hope that a better Afghanistan will emerge out of the warfare and bloodshed of the past,” Martindale said. “The future of this country rests on your shoulders, and I am proud to depart this country with able men like you in the lead.” After the ‘Warhorse’ colors were uncased Col. John S. Kolasheski, commander of 2nd BCT, addressed the audience. “Today marks an important event for Col. Martindale’s brigade and my own as we transition partner responsibilities for security, strengthening your government’s ability to meet the needs of its citizens, and encouraging economic development; it is not an important day for the Afghan people,” he said. “Life continues on as it has for thousands of years.” “Thanks to your hard work and the assistance
people of Kandahar City and the surrounding area. The insurgents have publically stated that they will fight this summer to create lasting instability throughout this region. We must not let them succeed. Although we are new, our mission and commitment to you and the good people of Afghanistan remains the same. As the great Pashto poet Rahman Baba wrote four centuries ago... “Sow flowers that your surroundings become a garden. Don’t sow thorns; for they will prick your own feet.” Together, we must sow flowers across Kandahar Province. We must not remain focused on our village, tribe or district. Instead,
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we should sow the flowers of security, good governance and development everywhere. Thanks to your hard work and the assistance of Col. Martindale and his team, you have transformed Kandahar; flowers are blooming, but these results are reversible. There is an enemy committed to sowing thorns vice flowers. Combined Team Warhorse stands committed to being your partner and helping you to sow a garden that all Afghans can enjoy and pass on to their children for generations to come. The time is now to determine that future and together, shoulderto-shoulder, we will.
Issue 59 June 24, 2011
Warhorse TOA Death Dealer Transfer of Authority Continued from page 1
of Col. Martindale and his team, you have transformed Kandahar,” he said. In an effort to connect with his Afghan brothers Kolasheski read a segment of a poem by Pashto poet Rahman Baba, “sow flowers that your surroundings become a garden. Don’t sow thorns; for they will prick your own feet.” From the poem he draws an analogy to make known his commitment and understanding of the Afghan people. “There is an enemy committed to sowing thorns vice flowers. Combined Team Warhorse stands committed to being your partner and helping you sow a garden that all Afghans can enjoy and pass on to their children for generations to come,” he said. “The time is now to determine that future, and together, shoulder-to-shoulder, we will.”
Lt. Col. John Cook, commander of 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Veneklasen, battalion command sergeant major, uncase the battalion colors while Lt. Col. Christopher Beck, commander of 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Scott, battalion command segeant major case their battalion colors in a ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, June 24.
Warhorse Pride Col. John S. Kolasheski...................2nd BCT Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa..............2nd BCT CSM Maj. Kevin Toner................................................2nd BCT PAO Sgt. Seth Barham..................................................PAO NCOIC Sgt. Ruth Pagan......................................Layout and Design Spc. April York.........................................Layout and Design
Lt. Col. Michael Simmering, commander of 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Mulig, battalion command sergeant major, uncase the battalion colors, symbolizing the completion of the Transfer of Authority from the Iron Knights of 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., at the Arghandab District Operational Coordination Center, June 20.
Rough Rider Transfer of Authority Lt. Col. Todd Bertulis, commander of 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Tuten, battalion command sergeant major, uncase the battalion colors, symbolizing the completion of the Transfer of Authority from Task Force Packhorse, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team to Task Force Rough Rider, at Forward Operating Base Walton, June 11.
Lt. Col. David Hardy, commander of 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Alvarado, battalion command sergeant major uncase the battalion colors at the Afghanistan National Civil Order Police Headquarters, June 22.
Lt. Col. Eugenia Guillmartin, commander of 385th Military Police Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Fath, battalion command sergeant major, uncase their colors at Camp Nathan Smith, Kandahar City, June 8. The Dragoons hail from Fort Stewart, Ga., and are now part of the Warhorse Brigade. The Dragoons are responsible for several components of Afghanistan National Security Force development. Warhorse is proud and honored to have the Dragoons on the team.
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