Maj. Gen. Rainey assumes 3ID command in Afghanistan
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Maj. Gen. James Rainey took charge as commander of the US National Support Element in Afghanistan during a change of command ceremony at Bagram in central Parwan province on Sunday.
A statement from the USFOR said that Rainey, who previously served as the commandant of the US Army Infantry School, US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga, will also assume command of the 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Fort Benning, and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. In Afghanistan, he will also serve as the commander, Bagram Airfield, and commander, Joint Task Force 3.
“Today marks an important change in our leadership of one of our Army’s most famed divisions,” Gen. John Campbell, commander, Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, said.
“And also a very historic division. Division-level changes of command don’t normally occur in deployed environments. This is the first ever division-level change of command in Afghanistan. You were the Army’s first modular division. You led the charge into Baghdad. And your legacy of service in World Wars I and II is well known, particularly with the 55 Medal of Honor recipients who served in your ranks.”
Murray, at BAF for nine months, was nominated for promotion to lieutenant general, is awaiting Senate confirmation, and will be reassigned to the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
“Two years ago tomorrow I took command of 3ID that was still deployed in Kandahar,” Murray said. “And there have been a lot of changes. Here in Afghanistan, over the past eight months, we went through a change of mission – Enduring Freedom to Freedom Sentinel to Resolute Support. I’m proud of the team we have built here at Bagram Airfield and proud of the relationships we have built with the leadership of Parwan Province and the leadership at the National Judicial Center. Most of all, I’m proud of the Soldiers, families and civilians of the 3ID, and the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, DoD civilians, and contractors that are all critical team members of team BAF. I couldn’t have asked for a better staff either at Fort Stewart or over here.”
“I’m honored today to join the ranks of the legendary 3rd Infantry Division,” Rainey said. “It’s humbling. The dog-faced soldier’s record of service and excellence is unquestioned. From the Marne to Baghdad, Kandahar, and Bagram today. I look forward to working with all of our Afghan partners, NATO, and coalition teammates at this critical point in the mission.”
Campbell said: “Maj. Gen. Jim Rainey was hand selected to lead this phenomenal division as it continues its mission here in Afghanistan. Jim, you’re ideally suited for this command. Welcome back to Afghanistan. Your time and experience both here and in Iraq will serve you well. You have my total confidence. I know you will lead both 3ID and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan teams well. I wish you and all of the Marne team the very best.”
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