Transfer of Authority: 2IBCT assumes command

By Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield

2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Soldiers with the Train, Advise, Assist Command-South (TAAC-South), which is comprised of the 40th Infantry Division with the California National Guard; the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; and NATO allies, participated in a transfer of authority ceremony, March 14, 2018.

During the ceremony, leaders from the 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., relinquished command, authority, and responsibility to the leaders of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Col. Toby Magsig, commander of the 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., relinquished command and authority as the Kandahar Airfield commander to Col. Dave Zinn, commander of the 2nd IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert H. Cobb, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., relinquished responsibility as the TAAC-South command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. Anton J. Hillig, 2nd IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.

The ceremony included the casing of the 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., colors, which symbolized the end of the brigade’s deployment and return to Fort Bragg, North Carolina

“To Col. Magsig and Command Sgt. Maj. Cobb … as the deputy commander and senior enlisted leader of TAAC-South, I relied heavily on your judgment and leadership every day we served together,” said Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, commanding general for TAAC-South and reviewing officer of the ceremony. “Perhaps your most important contribution was leveraging your leadership and energy toward the development of the (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) working group. (Although) borne out of the tragedy of losing two paratroopers (it) had a material impact on saving lives of TAAC-South Soldiers (and for that) the 82nd Abn. Div., 40th Inf. Div. and the entire (Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan) owes you a debt of gratitude, thank you.”