ISAF Joint Command formally ceases operations
8 Dec 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
"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/