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CJTF-OIR transitions commanders for defeat-ISIS mission

September 14, 2019

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Armored Corps Commanding General, assumed command of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve from U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, XVIII Airborne Corps Commanding General, during a transfer of authority ceremony in Baghdad on Sept. 14, 2019.

Commanding General for U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. presided over the event. He spoke of the progress made by the XVIII Airborne Corps in the fight for the enduring defeat of Daesh following its territorial defeat on March 23, which completed the recovery of 110,000 km2 of territory across Iraq and Syria and liberation of nearly eight million Iraqi and Syrian people from Daesh’s brutal control.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert White, commanding general of III Armored Corps, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex, command sergeant major of III Armored Corps, uncase the III Armored Corps colors at the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve transfer of authority ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 14, 2019. The U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, deployed from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to areas in Southwest Asia, transferred its command authority to the III Armored Corps, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas. CJTF-OIR is a 81-member global coalition, which works by, with, and through partner forces to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria, and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.