U.S. Army Col. Marlin L. Remigio, the new commander of Regional Support Command-Capital gives a short speech during his assumption of command ceremony July 2, at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Col. Marlin L. Remigio assumed command of Regional Support Command – Capital July 2, in a ceremony held at Camp Phoenix.
Remigio is not new to Afghanistan or the training mission having served in Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan from November of 2008 to November of 2009 both in Kabul and Gardez.
Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., deputy commander for support under the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan welcomed Remigio. "Arriving to Afghanistan from Canadian Forces War College, it is very appropriate that he takes command a day after Canada Day and the celebration we enjoyed yesterday,” LeMasters said with a smile.
"He comes with an extensive amount of credentials and experiences, to include a previous tour … in Regional Command East…as the commander of the regional police advisory command and then he later moved to Kabul to participate in … the initiation of some ANP training and education projects,” LeMasters said.
Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters (left) deputy commander of support operations under NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan hands the unit colors for Regional Support Command-Capital to Col. Marlin L. Remigio (center), the new commander, as RSC-Capital Sgt. Maj. John F. Dogan (right) stands with them in the triangular formation July 2, at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Remigio welcomed the opportunity to command in Afghanistan and thanked his superiors for allowing him to do so. "I am privileged and honored to be serving here, in the most important place and time in our world,” he said. "In time, the transition of the RSC-Capital tasks and responsibilities to our Afghan partners will come to fruition. We will accomplish this by ensuring capabilities-based mission sets are conditioned and ready for transition,” he explained.
Remigio also addressed his Afghan partners: "…you are courageous. You want to take the lead and you will. The potential of your country and your people will continue to grow because you want to succeed,” he said. "Afghanistan will succeed because it is the Afghan National Security Force who will lead operations and Afghans leadership that will direct and sustain them.”
The new commander also gave a lot of credit to his team, calling their accomplishments incredible, and praising them for their selfless service, diligence, compassion and commitment to the Afghan partners.
LeMasters encouraged Remigio to ask a lot of questions and reach out to his fellow regional support commanders as well as his staff at Camp Eggers. "Keep the dialogue going… Welcome aboard,” said LeMasters in conclusion.
NTM-A is a coalition of 38 troop-contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country's security by 2014.
Story and photos by Capt. Monika Comeaux
DCOM SPO/NTM-A Public Affairs Officer