ISAF Joint Command formally ceases operations

Dec 8, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan (December 8, 2014) — International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC), which handled day to day operations for ISAF, formally "cased their colors” during a ceremony held today at IJC’s headquarters at Kabul International Airport.
The "Casing of Colors” ceremony symbolizes the end of the IJC mission.

"Today, IJC will be subsumed into a coalition that is soon downsizing to about 13,000 personnel," said Gen. John F. Campbell, Commander ISAF. "This is a historic transformation and reflects the progress that our coalition has made with our Afghan partners. As the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have become increasingly capable, we shift our focus from combat operations to building (ANSF) systems and processes to ensure long term sustainability.”
 
Since its founding in 2009, IJC served as the NATO Operational Headquarters in Afghanistan. Working in full partnership with the combined team of ANSF and NATO partner nations, IJC’s mission was to conduct population-centric comprehensive operations to neutralize the insurgency and support improved governance and development in order to protect the Afghan people and provide a secure environment for sustainable peace.
 
"You’ve done your job well, so well, that you’ve worked yourself out of a job,” said Campbell.
 
ISAF is transitioning to the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission which will focus on training, advising and assisting Afghan Security Institutions and ANSF at the ministerial, institutional, and operational levels. The RS mission begins January 1st, 2015.
 
Article and Photos by PAO ISAF
Photos of today’s event are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/sets/72157649248181619/
 

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