• FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- Troopers with 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, render a salute during the lowering of the American Flag Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, Afghanistan. The Troopers held a formal ceremony to commemorate the Afghan National Army assumption of responsibility for the FOB.

    Salute

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- Troopers with 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, render a salute during the lowering of the American Flag Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, Afghanistan. The Troopers held a formal...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- Afghan National Army soldiers with 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, march into position after raising the Afghanistan flag during a transfer ceremony Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Troopers with 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, held a formal ceremony to recognize the transfer of the base to ANA control.

    Marching

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- Afghan National Army soldiers with 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, march into position after raising the Afghanistan flag during a transfer ceremony Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Gage (right), commander of 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, and Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Khan Agha (left), commander of 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, sign transfer-of-ownership documents during a ceremony Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, Afghanistan. Gage and Agha signed the papers during a formal ceremony recognizing the ANA unit's assumption of responsibility for the base.

    Transfer Documents

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Gage (right), commander of 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, and Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Khan Agha (left), commander of 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, sign...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Gage (right), commander of 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, gives a hug to Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Khan Agha, commander of 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, during a transfer ceremony Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, Afghanistan. Gage and Agha signed ownership transfer papers during a formal ceremony recognizing the ANA unit's assumption of responsibility for the base.

    Partnership

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Gage (right), commander of 1st Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, gives a hug to Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Khan Agha, commander of 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Col. D. A. Sims, commander of Combined Task Force Dragoon, renders a salute while the Afghanistan national anthem plays during a transfer ceremony Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Zangabad, Afghanistan. Troopers with the task force held a formal ceremony to honor the Afghan National Army unit taking control of the base.

    Salute

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Col. D. A. Sims, commander of Combined Task Force Dragoon, renders a salute while the Afghanistan national anthem plays during a transfer ceremony Nov. 27, 2013, at Forward Operating Base...

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- There have been three Forward Operating Bases in southern Afghanistan turned over to the Afghan National Army from Combined Task Force Dragoon, Regional Command South, in the last two months as the ANA operate independently to secure their country.

The Soldiers of 1st Squadron, CTF Dragoon held a formal ceremony and signed ownership papers to allow the ANA to take control Nov. 27, 2013, at FOB Zangabad, Afghanistan.

U.S. Soldiers lowered the American Flag and Afghan soldiers raised their flag to show their control of the base. Speeches expressing gratitude for the partnership were made by both commanders during the ceremony.

The Commander of 1st Squadron, CTF Dragoon, Lt. Col. Phillip Gage, is confident in the abilities of the 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, who will now run operations there and believes they will conduct successful military operations because of the mentoring, coaching and partnership his team has provided over the past five months. He described a number of positive characteristics the ANA soldiers have displayed to show they are ready for independent operations.

"I will be the first to tell you that the 2nd Kandak is ready," said Gage. "They are ready to assume this piece of tactical infrastructure and continue the mission against the Taliban in western Panjwai. Just like my squadron is combat-ready, we're dependable, we're loyal, we're well-led and above all else we're professional. The 2nd Kandak has demonstrated every one of those qualities in our short time here together."

Leadership of both the American and ANA units exchanged certificates and goodbyes. The Soldiers of CTF Dragoon packed up the last of their gear and relocated to a different base with FOB Zangabad safely in the hands of the 2nd Kandak.

Commander of the ANA's 2nd Kandak, Lt. Col. Khan Agha, expressed gratitude for his unit's partnership with U.S. forces and how the relationship will be missed.

"We are proud of you guys for staying so long in Afghanistan," said Agha. "Thank you so much for your cooperation and the training you provided for us. We will never forget you and we will remember you guys forever."

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