I MEF Fwd. takes command of Marine mission in Afghanistan


Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), speaks at Camp Leatherneck today after taking command of Regional Command-Southwest. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reirez)

The transition is official: Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus took command of Marine forces in southwest Afghanistan today, becoming the commander of Regional Command Southwest.

Gurganus and his headquarters element, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), will lead nearly 30,000 coalition troops over the next year. It won’t be easy: they’ll oversee a massive drawdown of forces, continued combat operations and a shift toward Afghan security forces taking a leading role. Maj. Gen. John Toolan, the outgoing commander, highlighted what to expect in this long-form Marine Corps Times story published last week.


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