• U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward Cloyd, the outgoing commander for Joint Readiness Detachment - East, addresses the audience at the JRD-East transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 26. The ceremony is a symbolic transfer of command from the outgoing unit to the incoming unit. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    JRD-East changes hands for KFOR mission

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward Cloyd, the outgoing commander for Joint Readiness Detachment - East, addresses the audience at the JRD-East transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 26. The ceremony is a symbolic transfer of command from...

  • German Army Maj. Gen. Volker Halbauer, the commander of the NATO-led Kosovo Forces, addresses the audience at the Joint Readiness Detachment-East transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 26. JRD-East works alongside several NATO nations to serve as a link between the KOR mission and civilian leaders in Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    JRD-East changes hands for KFOR mission

    German Army Maj. Gen. Volker Halbauer, the commander of the NATO-led Kosovo Forces, addresses the audience at the Joint Readiness Detachment-East transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 26. JRD-East works alongside several NATO...

  • U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward Cloyd, the outgoing commander of the Joint Readiness Detachment-East, passes the guidon to German Army Maj. Gen. Volker Halbauer, the Kosovo Forces commander, at the JRD-East transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 26. The passing of the guidon is an old tradition meant to symbolize the passing of responsibility from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    JRD-East changes hands for KFOR mission

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward Cloyd, the outgoing commander of the Joint Readiness Detachment-East, passes the guidon to German Army Maj. Gen. Volker Halbauer, the Kosovo Forces commander, at the JRD-East transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel...

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Joint Readiness Detachment-East, made up of U.S. and international soldiers, changed hands May 26 from the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment of the South Carolina National Guard to the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade of Fort Bragg, N.C., as a part of their assumption of the Kosovo Forces mission.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward Cloyd, the outgoing JRD commander with 1st Battalion, 8th IR, spoke on the impact his unit had and the situational awareness they provided to the KFOR commander.

"Our success is not only that we ensured that we were involved in the mission and providing our unit with the advantage," Cloyd said, "but our success also to allow us to understand the situation in our area of operations."

German Army Maj. Gen. Volker Halbauer, the KFOR commander, spoke about the friendships he has built with the outgoing command, and his hopes for the incoming team.

U.S. Army Maj. Jonathan Hartsock, the incoming commander of JRD-East, said his soldiers have been adjusting well to the new mission focus that is found in KFOR.

"It's a different type of mission set," Hartsock, a Vinton, Va., native, said. "It's a peacekeeping operation. So instead of going out on the battlefield, we're mingling with the population, interacting with the leaders to make sure we have a good pulse on society and provide those reflections to the commander."

The JRD serves as the eyes and ears of the KFOR mission, meeting with local leaders and people living in Kosovo to see how the mission affects them. They are also in control of the liaison monitoring teams, who routinely meet with mayors, businessmen and other influential people in Kosovo.

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