Regional Command East

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Regional Command East (RC-E) is an international military formation, of roughly division size, which is one of the components of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The United States Army has usually provided the force headquarters. As of February 2014, the 10th Mountain Division is providing the command headquarters at Bagram Air Field. In 2012, U.S. Vice President Biden called the region "the most dangerous place in the world."[1]

The Combined Joint Task Force currently consists of 8 coalition bases and 5 assistance platforms as of January 2014. The units assigned to the command are two U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigades, one U.S. Combat Aviation Brigade, one Polish Armored Cavalry Brigade and the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team. The Coalition Forces that operate within RC-East are from Poland, South Korea, Czech Republic, Jordan, the Ukraine, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.[2]

The Command was previously responsible for Provincial Reconstruction Team operations and security in and around Asadabad, Bamyan Province, handled by the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team. The Polish Provincial Reconstruction Team was responsible for operationa and security in and around Ghazni Province.

Currently, RC-East is now the host of the Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team or (PRT) headed by (South Korea).[3]

Combined Joint Task Force - 10 is the operational headquarters for Regional Command East, and is located at Bagram Air Field. CJTF-10 is commanded by Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend of the 10th Mountain Division (LT), based at Fort Drum, New York. Karen Decker is the Senior Civilian Representative for CJTF-10, serving as the U.S. Government’s lead proponent for sub-national governance, stabilization and civilian-military integration at the regional level.

Mission: Regional Command East, in full partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational organizations (JIIM), conducts security force assistance to enable the Afghan National Security Forces to protect the Afghan people; neutralize insurgent networks; and deny safe havens for transnational terrorists; and, concurrently support GIRoA institutions as they continue to develop legitimate, credible, and enduring governance and sustainable economic growth.[4]

RC-East includes the provinces of Bamyan, Ghazni, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika, Paktiya, Panjshayr, Parwan and Wardak. It covers 46,000 square miles, approximately the size of Virginia, and shares a portion of the border with Pakistan. Currently, more than 8,900 Coalition Forces personnel and 82,600 ANSF personnel are operating in the command’s area of responsibility.[4]

Major units assigned to Regional Command East[5]

  • Combined Joint Task Force –10: 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY (February 2014 to current)
  • 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (November 2013 to Current)
  • 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) (March 2014 to Current)
  • 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (January 2014 to Current)
  • TF White Eagle (March 2002 – present: 14th rotation)

Bagram Airfield is located in the Parwan Province approximately 11 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of the city of Charikar and 47 Kilometers (27 miles) north of Kabul.

Organization[edit]

Task Force Bayonet, February 2005 to March 2006[edit]

From February 2005 to March 2006, Task Force Bayonet was composed primarily of soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, in Italy.

Subordinate units included

Task Force Spartan, March 2006 to May 2007[edit]

From March 2006 to May 2007, Task Force Spartan was a US-led task force in the central and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Spartan comprised the US 3rd Brigade Combat Team, from the 10th Mountain Division, and the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines. Task Force Spartan operated under the Combined Joint Task Force 82 | CJTF-76 / RC East.

Task Force Fury, January 2007 to April 2008[edit]

From January 2007 to April 2008, Task Force Fury was a US-led task force primarily consisting of the 4th BCT of the 82nd Airborne Division with an attached battalion, the first battalion of the US 503rd Infantry Regiment, from the 173rd ABCT.

Task Force Bayonet, June 2007 to September 2008[edit]

From June 2007 to September 2008, Task Force Bayonet was composed primarily of soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, in Italy, and Schweinfurt and Bamberg, in Germany.

Task Force Bayonet initially operated under the Combined Joint Task Force 76; in March 2008, the headquarters was redesignated as CJTF-82, and again, in April 2008, to CJTF-101.

Task Force Currahee, April 2008 to April 2009[edit]

From April 2008 to April 2009, Task Force Currahee was a US-led task force primarily consisting of the US 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.

Task Force Rakassan, September 2013 to May 2013[edit]

From September 2013 to April 2013, Task Force Rakassan was a US-led task force primarily consisting of the US 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Task Force Currahee, May 2013 to December 2013[edit]

From May 2013 to December 2013, Task Force Currahee was a US-led task force primarily consisting of the US 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) of the 101st Airborne Division. Task Force Currahee was responsible for the training of multiple units of the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and Afghan Uniform Police in the South of Kabul region of Eastern Afghanistan. Their training and advising mission included combat engineering, weapons, field artillery( D-30 howitzers) and mortars training for the 203rd ANA Corps.

Task Force Spartan, November 2013 to Current[edit]

From November 2013 to Current, Task Force Spartan is a US-led task force in the central and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Spartan comprised the US 3rd Brigade Combat Team, from the 10th Mountain Division, and the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines. Task Force Spartan operated under the Combined Joint Task Force 101|CJTF-10/RC East.

Task Force Patriot, July 2013 to March 2014[edit]

From July 2013 to Current, Task Force Patriot was a US-led task force in the central and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Patriot comprised the US 4th Brigade Combat Team, from the 10th Mountain Division. Task Force Patriot operated under the Combined Joint Task Force 101|CJTF-10/RC East. TF Patriot was responsible for the train and advise mission for the 201st ANA Corps in the North of Kabul portion of Eastern Afghanistan and served as Train, Advise & Assist Command .

Task Force Thunder, January 2014 to Current[edit]

From January 2014 to Current, Task Force thunder is a US-led combat aviation brigade in the central, northern and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Thunder comprised the US 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) (United States), from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Task Force Thunder operates under the Combined Joint Task Force 101|CJTF-10/RC East.

Task Force Strike, March 2014 to current[edit]

From March 2014 to Current, Task Force Strike is a US-led task force in the central and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Strike comprises the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, US 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) (United States), from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Task Force Strike operates under the Combined Joint Task Force 10/RC East. TF Strike is responsible for the train and advise mission for the 201st ANA Corps in the North of Kabul portion of Eastern Afghanistan and serve as Train, advise & Assist Command North East.

U.S. and coalition forces, 2009 - 2014[edit]

From 2009-2010, the 82nd Airborne Division led RC-East. Among its subordinate formations were the French Army's Brigade La Fayette and the Polish Army's Task Force White Eagle. In 2010, the 101st Airborne Division replaced the 82nd. In May 2011, the 1st Cavalry Division took command of RC-East. In April 2012, 1st Cavalry Division transitioned authority to 1st Infantry Division. In March 2013, 1st Infantry Division (United States) transitioned authority to 101st Airborne Division. In February 2014, 101st Airborne Division (United States) transitioned authority to 10th Mountain Division.

Afghan Leadership, 2012 - present[edit]

1st Infantry Division assumed command of RC(E) in April 2012, and immediately sought to set the conditions for Afghan forces to assume full security responsibility, gradually handing over greater and greater responsibilities to Afghan Commanders. In March 2013 1st ID relinquished oversight of RC-E to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). By that time, the 201st Corps had assumed full security responsibility north of Kabul and by the end of 2013, 203rd Corps had assumed full security responsibility South of Kabul.

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Transcript of 2012 Vice Presidential Debate - 11 October 2012". Npr.org. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  2. ^ "RC – East | ISAF - International Security Assistance Force". Isaf.nato.int. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  3. ^ "News | ISAF - International Security Assistance Force". Isaf.nato.int. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  4. ^ a b "RC – East | ISAF - International Security Assistance Force". Isaf.nato.int. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  5. ^ "RC – East | ISAF - International Security Assistance Force". Isaf.nato.int. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-03-07.