U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command from U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti today. Terry will also serve as the deputy commanding general, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.
The ISAF commander, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, presided over the change of command at the ISAF Joint Command headquarters in Kabul.
According to a statement released by International Security Assistance, Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti served as commander, ISAF Joint Command and deputy commanding general, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, from July 11, 2011 to June 12, 2012. He is the commanding general of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside Tacoma, Wash. Prior to his current assignment, Scaparrotti served as the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. As division commander, he deployed to Afghanistan as the commanding general of Joint Task Force-82 in eastern Afghanistan.
“I want to thank my Afghan and coalition partners. It has been an honor and privilege to serve with you,” Scaparrotti said. “Together, over the past year, we have made great progress. Our actions have delivered opportunity; opportunity for the Afghan people to secure their future; and opportunity for the Afghan people to secure peace.”
Lt. Gen. Terry is the commander of V Corps, Wiesbaden, Germany. Prior to taking command of the corps, he served as commanding general, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y., from September 2009 to November 2011. As division commander, Terry deployed to Afghanistan and served as the commander, ISAF Regional Command South, from October 2010 to October 2011. From August 2004 to February 2007, he served as the deputy commanding general (operations), 10th Mountain Division (Light) and deployed to Afghanistan as the deputy commanding general (operations) for Combined Joint Task Force-76, from January 2006 to February 2007.
“We left our comfortable homes and loved ones to become part of a team that will take the next steps in bringing lasting stability to Afghanistan,” Terry said. “Our success also secures our own nations by denying Afghanistan as a safe haven for terrorists. We will make a difference, at home, in this region and throughout the world.”
The IJC is responsible for the day-to-day planning and operations of the coalition efforts in Afghanistan. The command is also responsible for forming essential partnerships with the Afghan National Security Forces and institutions to help Afghanistan achieve a durable stability that will prevent insurgent and violent extremist groups from re-establishing roots in the country.