Aviation units transfer authority in northeastern Afghanistan
January 9, 2009
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (January 07, 2009) - Task Force Outfront relinquished command to Task Force Palehorse during a transfer-of-authority ceremony, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Jan. 06.
"TF Palehorse, we must not underestimate the gravity of the task which lies before us," said Lt. Col. Jimmy Blackmon, incoming commander of 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. "We are wise to expect disappointments, many unpleasant surprises, but we may be sure that the task which we have freely accepted is one not beyond the capability or determination of our division, our brigade or our task force."
Task Force Outfront leaves Afghanistan with numerous accomplishments including winner of Army Aviation Association of America Air Sea Rescue award for a medical evacuation hoist mission in the Korengal valley, and the 101st Airborne Division commanding general's nominee for the Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker award, for combat aviation unit of the year.
"Working closely together to take the fight to the enemy in the toughest flying environment on earth, against a determined enemy who enjoys home field advantage as well as a nearby sanctuary, has been challenging and extremely rewarding at the same time," said Lt. Col. John Lynch, commander of TF Outfront, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
The command passed between both units out of Fort Campbell, KY. as TF Palehorse continues on with the aviation tasking and missions where TF Outfront left off.
"We find ourselves at the tip of our nations spear, trained and prepared to write yet another chapter in history," Blackmon said. "A chapter that will forever note the good deeds of great men and women who had the courage to answer our nations call at a time of great turmoil and war. A chapter titled "Palehorse!"
At the closing of the ceremony, Lynch advised incoming Palehorse commander of the journey ahead.
"Transitioning from one Screaming Eagle aviation task force to another is about as seamless as it gets. Maintain your high standards, always support the Soldier on the ground and enjoy every day of being a multi-functional aviation task force commander." Lynch said. "It is a great ride and one you won't want to end any time soon! On behalf of the entire Outfront team best of luck and God speed."