Scaparrotti Takes ISAF Joint Command Reins

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 11, 2011 — Army Lt. Gen. Cur­tis M. Scaparrot­ti assumed com­mand of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand here today.
Scaparrot­ti suc­ceeds Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, who had led the com­mand since its Octo­ber 2009 incep­tion and has been nom­i­nat­ed to receive his fourth star and serve as com­man­der of U.S. Army Forces Com­mand.

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, ISAF com­man­der, presided over the change of com­mand at the joint command’s Kab­ul Inter­na­tion­al Air­port head­quar­ters. He high­light­ed coali­tion and Afghan progress under Rodriguez’s com­mand and offered words of advice to Scaparrotti. 

“ ‘Gen­er­al Rod’ is, in many respects, the oper­a­tional archi­tect of the cam­paign plan that has guid­ed the progress of the past year,” Petraeus said. “After over­see­ing the build­ing of the IJC head­quar­ters, he has spent as much time in the field as in his office over­see­ing, togeth­er with var­i­ous Afghan part­ners, the exe­cu­tion of the oper­a­tional cam­paign plan he helped design. Gen­er­al Rod under­stands the lives of the Afghan peo­ple, and he has made it his per­son­al mis­sion to help serve and pro­tect them.” 

Before he was named to be IJC’s first com­man­der, Rodriguez was the mil­i­tary assis­tant to then-Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates. From Jan­u­ary 2007 to April 2008, he com­mand­ed ISAF’s Region­al Com­mand East. 

“To my Afghan part­ners: you are the back­bone of the progress we have made here in Afghanistan,” Rodriguez said. “The peo­ple of Afghanistan con­tin­ue to grow con­fi­dence in the Afghan nation­al secu­ri­ty forces, and every day, as lead­ers, you make tough deci­sions in the best inter­est of the peo­ple of Afghanistan.” 

Rodriguez then offered high praise for his successor. 

“Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Scaparrot­ti is a superb leader and a proven coun­terin­sur­gent,” he said. “He has first­hand knowl­edge of Afghanistan’s com­plex­i­ties, hav­ing led the fight in Region­al Com­mand East. There is no bet­ter man to lead the oper­a­tional fight.” 

Scaparrot­ti comes to Afghanistan from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where he served as the com­man­der of the U.S. Army’s 1st Corps. The gen­er­al has served in Iraq, and this is his sec­ond tour in Afghanistan. 

“I’m hum­bled to be the new IJC com­man­der and hon­ored to be a part of the team with our Afghan coun­ter­parts,” he said. “IJC is where the future will be shaped through our part­nered approach to fight­ing ter­ror­ism in Afghanistan. The work we do will have an impact for years to come.” 

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release 

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