SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC) Headquarters was deactivated today at a ceremony in Baghdad, signifying the end of major combat operations against ISIS in Iraq and acknowledging the changing composition and responsibilities of the Coalition.
CJFLCC was responsible for Coalition land force operations in support of the Iraqi Security Force (ISF) during the campaign to defeat ISIS in Iraq and liberate more than 4.5 million Iraqis subject to ISIS’s brutal control.
Iraqi Security Force and Coalition leaders attended the ceremony that formally transferred CJFLCC’s command authorities to the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve and featured a traditional ‘Casing of the Colors’.
“Casing the CJFLCC Colors is a symbolic gesture, honoring the perseverance and sacrifice of our Coalition partners. Thanks to our partnered success, we are able to continue our support to the Government of Iraq under the unified command of CJTF-OIR,” said Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, former commanding general CJFLCC.
Iraqi Security Force Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool Abdullah said the CJFLCC has been an integral part of the ISF success against ISIS.
“The commitment and professionalism of all the men and women from all the Coalition nations has been of the highest order, and Iraq is immensely grateful for their sacrifice and dedication in this task,” Yahya said.
We look forward to taking the partnership forward with the Combined Joint Task Force, and a friendship that will endure for years to come.”
CJFLCC’s train, advise, assist and equip missions in support of the ISF have now been consolidated under a single headquarters, reflecting the Coalition’s commitment to eliminate unnecessary command structures as the nature of its support to the ISF evolves from supporting and enabling combat operations to the training and development of self-sufficient Iraqi security-related capabilities.
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