19 Light Brigade: A tough but successful summer
A Military Operations news article
13 Oct 09
The Commander of 19 Light Brigade, Brigadier Tim Radford, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan for the last six months, arrived home yesterday. Here he reflects on what has been achieved by his troops.
Brigadier Tim Radford handed command of Task Force Helmand to Brigadier James Cowan, Commander of 11 Light Brigade, in a ceremony in Lashkar Gah on Saturday. See Related News >>>
Under Brigadier Radford's command, 19 Light Brigade took on the challenging Operation PANTHER'S CLAW, which saw one of the most heavily populated areas in Helmand cleared of Taliban influence.
The result was that the area was brought back under government control, allowing reconstruction and development to begin. The Taliban were also denied territory in which to operate thus restricting their command and control structures in the region.
Reflecting on the summer, Brigadier Radford said:
"We arrived in Helmand in April 2009 knowing that a time of change lay ahead of us.
"In June, 4,500 US Marines moved into the southern part of Helmand. We facilitated their inflow, which was seamless and paved the way for the development of an excellent working relationship....
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