NY Army National Guard Brigade takes command in Afghanistan

CAMP PHOENIX, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The command of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix (CJTF-P) was transferred Sunday from the South Carolina National Guard’s 218th Heavy Separate Brigade to the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Colonel Brian K. Balfe, the incoming commander of CJTF-P VII and the 27th IBCT officially succeeded Brigadier General Robert E. Livingston during a Transfer of Authority Ceremony in Patriot Square, Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“Members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are proud Soldiers, with a storied history,” said incoming commander, Colonel Brian Balfe. “We are honored to be here as guests of the government and people of Afghanistan. We believe in our mission. It is a privilege to have been called to perform it,” he said.

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