NATO Congratulates General Joseph Dunford, The New Commander of ISAF
General Joseph Dunford assumed command of ISAFToday, General Joseph Dunford assumed command of ISAF. I wish him every success and I look forward to working closely with him.
General Dunford is taking command as we are preparing to reach an important milestone in our mission. In a matter of months, Afghan forces will be in the lead for security across the country, and ISAF will shift its main effort from combat to support. I am confident that General Dunford will lead ISAF through this transition with great skill and determination. He has our full support.
I also thank General John Allen for the tremendous contribution he has made to our mission in Afghanistan.
General Allen took command of ISAF at a pivotal moment, as the process of transition to Afghan security lead was beginning. During his time in command, transition gained an irreversible momentum, with Afghan soldiers and police assuming responsibility for the security of almost 90% of the Afghan people. General Allen has demonstrated outstanding leadership. Once confirmed by the United States Senate, I am sure that he will bring the same commitment to the role of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
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