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TF Demons takes lead in aviation ops in Afghanistan

By Capt. Andrew Cochran | CAB | September 19, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division took responsibility of aviation operations in regional commands South, Southwest and West Sept. 3.

The brigade and its mission, known as Task Force Demons during its deployment to Afghanistan, assumed responsibility from Task Force Falcons, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

"It is hard not to notice the agility, firepower and intensity that a combat aviation brigade brings to the battlefield, especially in Afghanistan," said Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, commanding general, Regional Command-South and 4th Infantry Division.

With missions ranging from reconnaissance to sustainment operations, aviation gives commanders the ability to impose their will on the battlefield at a chosen time and place, LaCamera added.

TF Demons will continue to conduct aviation operations supporting International Security Assistance Force and Afghanistan National Security Forces, regardless of troop levels.

Col. Matthew Lewis, commander, TF Demons, said he knows the mission remains the same.

"TF Demons enters the game like the relief pitcher in a long, hard-fought baseball game," Lewis said. "We have the lead, and we intend to keep it. We have a great team of young, enthusiastic Soldiers who are dedicated to the mission of a free, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. We are committed to the safety and security of the Soldiers and civilians of the ISAF, the ANSF and the citizens of Afghanistan."

TF Demons assumed an area of responsibility about the size of Montana, with a landscape varying from 10,000-foot mountains to vast open deserts. The task force is under the command of Regional Command-South.

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