• Attendees bow their heads during prayer during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.  The Combined Team Ready First took responsibility over from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.  Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander, was also in attendance.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Attendees bow their heads during prayer during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7. The Combined Team Ready First took responsibility over from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Maj. Gen...

  • Attendees salute the American flag for the national anthem during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.  The Combined Team Ready First took responsibility over from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.  Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander, was also in attendance.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Attendees salute the American flag for the national anthem during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7. The Combined Team Ready First took responsibility over from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry...

  • Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander, speaks during the Transfer of Authority ceremony from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to Combined Team Ready First, at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander, speaks during the Transfer of Authority ceremony from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to Combined Team Ready First, at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew B. Connette, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, "Lancer" command sergeant major, and Col. Barry F. Huggins, Lancer commander, case their brigade colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7. The Lancer brigade passed authority to the Combined Team Ready First brigade.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew B. Connette, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, "Lancer" command sergeant major, and Col. Barry F. Huggins, Lancer commander, case their brigade colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Reimers, Combined Team Ready First command sergeant major, and Col. Ken Adgie, CTRF commander, uncase their brigade colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.  CTRF assumed authority from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division during the ceremony.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Reimers, Combined Team Ready First command sergeant major, and Col. Ken Adgie, CTRF commander, uncase their brigade colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7. CTRF assumed...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Reimers, Combined Team Ready First command sergeant major, and Col. Ken Adgie, CTRF commander, salute the flag after uncasing the brigade colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.  CTRF assumed responsibility from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Reimers, Combined Team Ready First command sergeant major, and Col. Ken Adgie, CTRF commander, salute the flag after uncasing the brigade colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan...

  • Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander, speaks during the transfer of authority ceremony from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to Combined Team Ready First at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander, speaks during the transfer of authority ceremony from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to Combined Team Ready First at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.

  • Col. Ken Adgie, Combined Team Ready First commander, speaks during the transfer of authority ceremony from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division to CTRF at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.

    Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Col. Ken Adgie, Combined Team Ready First commander, speaks during the transfer of authority ceremony from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division to CTRF at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Jan. 7.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan- The Combined Team Ready First assumed battle space responsibility from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, "Lancers," from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Jan. 7. The ceremony was held at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, and hosted multiple Afghan dignitaries, as well as Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander.

The Lancer brigade has been in Afghanistan since late spring, 2011, stretching across nearly 15,000 square kilometers within northern Kandahar province, including Kandahar City.

"CTF Lancer soldiers mark this deployment by accomplishing some of the most complex and difficult tasks assigned to anywhere in RC-South," said Abrams. "Lancers brought Afghan National Security Forces into the lead this past summer, mentoring and developing all the pillars of the Afghan National Security Forces."

The Lancer colors were cased by Col. Barry F. Huggins, Lancer commander, and Command Sgt. Major Andrew B. Connette, brigade command sergeant major. Following the casing of the Lancer colors, the Combined Team Ready First's colors were uncased by Col. Ken Adgie, CTRF commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Reimers, CTRF command sergeant major.

"To the men and women of Combined Team Ready First, your reputation precedes you," said Abrams. "Ever since our first engagement in the division mission rehearsal exercise, you have done nothing but impress us."

Abrams continued by challenging the Soldiers of CTRF to continue pushing the bar higher every day by reevaluating the complex environment, embracing the partnerships that Lancer has handed off, and continuing to press Afghan partners to be completely independent.

"Today's ceremony marks the change of one brigade for another and an opportunity to reconfirm our commitment to the Afghan people," said Adgie.

CTRF's mission in Afghanistan is to support the government of Afghanistan and enable the Afghan National Security Forces.
"We will not falter or fail in the development of the Afghan National Security Forces and the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan," said Abrams. "Afghans can win, and they will win. Afghanistan will stand on its own, but it will not stand alone."

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