10th Mountain Division (LI) takes command of RC(S) during TOA
10th Mountain Division (LI) commander Maj. Gen. James L. Terry and 10th Mountain Division (LI) Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Greca unfurl the division colors during a transfer of authority ceremony on Kandahar Airfield Tuesday. Terry and Greca are ta... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

10th Mountain Division (LI) takes command of RC(S) during TOA

Spc. Matthew Diaz

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, outgoing commander of Regional Command South, handed over command to Maj. Gen. James L. Terry, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and new RC(S) commander, during a transition of authority ceremony Tuesday on Kandahar Airfield.

"My task here today is really to say thank you to the many people who have made our tasks this year possible," Carter said. "And to remember far too many who have sacrificed their lives for this cause."

Carter spoke of the individuals with whom he worked, and thanked them for the guidance and cooperation they provided during his tenure as commander.

"All of you who've been our partners and are our friends, thank you for your support," he added. "RC South draws its strength from the 20 or so nations who have contributed to it. And it has been an honor to command so many nations' troops."

"That's my lot," Carter said as he prepared to walk off the stage. "It just remains to wish 10th Mountain Division the best of luck - it's been a pleasure to hand over to such a great team of gentlemen. Good luck. Climb to Glory."

Once Carter's remarks were complete, Terry took the podium to say a few words.

First, I would like to recognize and thank Major General Nick Carter and his headquarters - you and your team have been invaluable in your support these past eight months," Terry said. "Through your tireless effort you have been true and proven friends for the people of Southern Afghanistan. In partnership you have led the way toward greater hope of a better future. Every member of your team can and must take deep pride in your many accomplishments."

Like many of our predecessors, the 10th Mountain Division has returned often to Afghanistan - in fact this is our fourth deployment here," he added. "Our history with Afghanistan is one of shared challenges. As Afghans say, "the friend appears at hard times, not at big dinners."

"Afghanistan faces many challenges brought on by violent insurgents. Selfish men who defy honor, respect and humanity; who bully and kill innocent people, all in an effort to impose their will on others," Terry said. "Together we will counter those who wish harm on people."

After the speeches, the 10th Mountain Division (LI) colors were unfurled, officially ushering in the next chapter in Regional Command South's history. The two commanders, incoming and outgoing, shared a hug and the ceremony came to an end.

The 10th Mountain Division (LI) will be in charge of RC South until fall of 2011.