New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission

U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, stand at attention during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, stand at attention during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard, stand at attention during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. The 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard, stand at attention during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. The 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Left to right, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA); U.S. Navy Capt. Charles J. DeGilio, commanding officer, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Karl W. Parsons, command senior enlisted leader, CJTF-HOA; and U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Andy L. Gray, command senior enlisted leader, Camp Lemonnier, stand at attention during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, March 15, 2019. U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assumed authority of their mission at CJTF-HOA from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission Left to right, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA); U.S. Navy Capt. Charles J. DeGilio, commanding officer, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Karl W. Parsons, command senior enlisted leader, CJTF-HOA; and U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Andy L. Gray, command senior enlisted leader, Camp Lemonnier, stand at attention during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, March 15, 2019. U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assumed authority of their mission at CJTF-HOA from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sean Ibarguen, commander, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard, gives a speech while transferring his unit’s mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sean Ibarguen, commander, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard, gives a speech while transferring his unit’s mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assume responsibility of their mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assume responsibility of their mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Karcher, commander, 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, gives a speech while assuming his unit’s mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Karcher, commander, 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, gives a speech while assuming his unit’s mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assume responsibility of their mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, New Jersey National Guard, assume responsibility of their mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Alamo, Texas National Guard during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019. Task Force Warrior assumed responsibility as the security forces battalion for CJTF-HOA and will also contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard, known as Task Force Warrior, assumed control of security responsibilities from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, known as Task Force Alamo, for Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019.

During the ceremony, Task Force Warrior took responsibility for rapidly deploying in response to any potential crisis threatening U.S. personnel or property throughout CJTF-HOA’s combined joint operations area, an area nearly half the size of the continental United States.

The transfer of authority ceremony is a longstanding Army tradition that signifies when a new unit takes over full responsibility for a mission.

U.S Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, commanding general of CJTF-HOA and the presiding officer of the ceremony, spoke about the accomplishments of the outgoing Task Force Alamo.

“With all of their accomplishments, training and experience from this deployment, Task Force Alamo is undoubtedly one of the most battle-ready infantry units in the U.S. Army inventory today,” Craig said. “To all the Soldiers and Texans of Task Force Alamo, a job well done.”

“Task Force Alamo has set the bar and left behind a legacy of professionalism for others to follow,” Craig added.

During the ceremony, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sean Ibarguen, battalion commander of Task Force Alamo, welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Karcher, battalion commander of Task Force Warrior.

“Task Force Warrior’s foothold in theater is established, and you will undoubtedly find challenges, which you will turn into respective mission success,” Ibarguen said. “Task Force Alamo bids you farewell knowing that your efforts will carry the torch forward and raise the bar higher. Thank you and always remember the Alamo.”

Karcher accepted the authority on behalf of the Task Force Warrior Soldiers and gave kudos to the Alamo.

“Task Force Alamo, safe travels home, job well done,” said Karcher. “Task Force Warrior, we have trained; we have sacrificed; we understand the mission; we understand the challenge. Now, it's time to execute. I have full confidence; we are ready to assume this mission and move forward. I am honored and privileged to be your commander.”

During their rotation here, Task Force Warrior will contribute to international efforts to enhance security and stability in East Africa by providing security force assistance and fostering the capabilities of partner nations.

“To all the Soldiers of Task Force Warrior, I look forward to working with you as we train, plan and execute your mission in this ever changing and complex environment,” said Craig. “Task Force Warrior, you have big shoes to fill, but I have all the faith and confidence that you will live up to the challenge.”

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