Round Rock: Deployed National Guard Unit Hands Off Base To Afghan Leaders

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

ROUND ROCK (March 21, 2013)--Members of the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, a National Guard unit out of Round Rock, successfully transferred responsibility of Camp Julien near Kabul to Afghan National Security Forces last week.

According to the unit's spokesperson, leaders of Task Force Centurion transferred responsibility of the base earlier than planned.

A ceremony was held there last week to hand over keys to the camp to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

At the ceremony, Afghan leaders told the unit that the camp will continue to be used as a training center by the Afghan National Security Forces.

“I think this represents a step forward for the Afghan National Army,” Task Force Centurion Commander Lt. Col. John Gordy said.

Gordy said the Afghan people also expressed that they feel ready for the transition.

While Task Force Centurion’s tour is expected to end by fall, the unit’s leaders plan to transfer another coalition base to the Afghan Army before heading home.

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