Turkish Battle Group Changes Command
(NATO) — ISAF’s Turkish Battle Group in Regional
Command Capital held a change of command ceremony at Camp
Dogan on June 26 where
Lieutenant Colonel Ayhan Saygin, Turkish Battle Group’s commander,
handed over command to Lieutenant Colonel Murat Atac.
of RC-C, Brigadier General Federico Bonato, led the ceremony.
The Turkish Kabul Embassy Counselor
Erdogan Odabas, Kabul Governor Haci Din
Muhammed, local Malek’s, and Afghan civilians also attended the ceremony.
ceremony, Lt. Col. Ayhan Saygin thanked the troops for their
efforts in providing security and stability to the area in
order to enable reconstruction and development. He also added
that he was very happy to see the determination of Afghan people
to go forward. At the end of his speech, he imparted his deepest
wishes for safety and success for the mission under the command
of Lt. Col. Murat Atac.
Federico Bonato made the first part of his speech in Turkish
and at the end thanked to the former commander of the Turkish
Battle Group and expressed how much he appreciated his commitment
to achieving a difficult mission and wished success prior to
passing the battle group flag to the new commander.