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Transfer of Authority 
Maj. Timothy Sawyer, right, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, and 1st Sgt. David Parella, senior noncommissioned officer of HHC, uncase the guidon for the Massachusetts Army National Guard unit during a transition of authority ceremony Nov. 4, 2010, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. The 1-181st assumed the duties and responsibilities of the 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, to provide force protection and security for a number of bases throughout the capital city of Kabul, as well provide security for Provincial Reconstruction Teams across the country. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Anthony Deiss)  
 

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts Army National Guard, and the 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, transitioned authority during a ceremony at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Nov. 4, 2010.

The 1-181st assumed the duties and responsibilities of the 1-178th to provide force protection and security for a number of bases throughout the capital city of Kabul, as well provide security for Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) across the country.

The Georgetown, S.C.-based 1-178th has completed their year-long tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and will be returning home.

“To the Soldiers of the 1-178th – you came to Afghanistan and completed everything you set out to do. Your hard work and dedication has led to a successful mission here and we are bringing everyone back home safely,” said Capt. Christopher Plummer, commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-178th. “To the Soldiers of the 1-181st – good luck and keep the standards high.”

The 1-181st will conduct integrated base defense operations for the Kabul Base Cluster Installation Command – including entry control point operations, perimeter security and conducting mounted and dismounted patrols. The 1-181st is based in Worcester, Mass., and draws Soldiers from six other armories across the state and other members from across the country.

“We are ready for this mission and ready to fulfill the duties and responsibilities to provide a secure environment for the Kabul Base Cluster and for Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Couture, commander, 1-181st. “We look forward to continuing what the 1-178th has done and wish them well as they return home.”

Additionally, the 1-181st will provide security for more than a dozen PRTs throughout the country. The role of the PRT is to empower Afghans by helping with projects to improve infrastructure and assist village, province and government leaders in supporting the Afghan people.

11/17/2010