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Joseph Dunford Starts US Afghan Forces Command Post

Joseph Dunford (NATO photo)
Joseph Dunford (NATO photo)

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford officially took command of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan at a Sunday ceremony in Kabul, American Forces Press Service reports.

Dunford succeeds Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who was nominated in October 2012 as NATO supreme allied commander and commander of U.S. European Command.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Dunford has 35 years experience to draw on for his new assignment, Jim Garamone writes.

Dunford is responsible for continued training of Afghan forces as well as movement of personnel and supplies out of Afghanistan.

Dempsey also praised Allen for his contribution to the coalition during his 19 months as head of the International Security Assistance Force, according to AFPS.

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