facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Marine Gen. Dunford leads ISAF troops

Feb. 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM   |   Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. assumed command of the coalition forces in Afghanistan Sunday, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Dunford replaced Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen during a change of command ceremony attended by U.S., NATO and Afghan officials, the ISAF said in a news release.

"Today is not about change, it's about continuity," Dunford said. "I'll endeavor to continue the momentum of the campaign and support the people of Afghanistan as they seize the opportunity for a brighter future."

Allen led coalition troops for 19 months, beginning in July 2011, making him the longest-serving ISAF commander in the 11-year war, ISAF said.

Dunford previously served as assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; assistant division commander for the 1st Marine Division; director of operations division for plans, policies and operation at Marine headquarters; and commanding general of the Marine Forces Central Command.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
2
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
3
Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash
4
Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel
5
Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016 Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback