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Regional Command Southwest Stands Up in Afghanistan

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ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

2010-06-CA-042
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 14) - ISAF's new Regional Command Southwest (RC SW) took command of international forces in southwestern Afghanistan today.

The new organization provides improved oversight of ISAF forces operating in Helmand and Nimroz Provinces. With the majority of ISAF forces based in southern Afghanistan, the formation of the new headquarters permits commanders in the south to focus on geographically smaller areas, ensure greater partnering between the Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF, and deliver the levels of security required for governance and development to continue to spread in the region.

 Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commanding general of the new command leads a combined force of approximately 27,000 personnel, with units drawn from eight nations. None of the troops have realigned during the formation of this new command.

 "It is a distinct privilege for all of us to stand up Regional Command Southwest," said General Mills. "We are truly building on the outstanding work of all who have served here in Helmand and Nimroz Provinces. This is a natural military progression based on the number of troops serving here and the priority placed on Helmand and Nimroz provinces."

 Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of ISAF Joint Command, said, "The establishment of Regional Command Southwest significantly increases the ability of the Afghan National Security Forces to partner with the coalition."

 Regional Command South, led by Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, will continue to direct ISAF operations in the provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, and Daykundi.

Approximately 30,000 forces continue to operate in RC-S.

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