Major Gen. Robin L. Fontes has been assigned as the new CSTC-A commander and deputy chief of staff, security assistance for headquarters, Resolute Support.
Afghan Officials Commend Outgoing RS Commander
Senior Afghan officials at a ceremony on Saturday praised the services of outgoing Resolute Support commander Major General Richard Kaiser who served as the commander of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) for a year in Afghanistan.
Kaiser was also awarded a medal by the Afghan government.
In many instances, Kaiser raised the issue of corruption in Afghan security agencies during his speeches and at meetings.
“Every Afghan deserves nothing less than a peaceful and prosperous nation; and we are getting there day by day,” he said.
High ranking government officials praised Kaiser for his services to Afghanistan.
“(The Afghan) people will not forget that they put behind a dark era with the help of the international community, the ISAF forces and now the Resolute Support mission,” the acting defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami said.
“Kaiser is a disciplined and highly professional officer. I deeply appreciate all his efforts,” the interior minister Taj Mohammad Jahid said.
Major General Robin L. Fontes has been appointed as the new commander of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and deputy chief of staff, security assistance for headquarters of the Resolute Support mission in Kabul.
Fontes has served in the region for 12 years. She has served in Tajikistan, Pakistan and many times in Afghanistan.
“It is an honor to serve with you again and this Nobel mission and I look forward to working with you as we continue to build upon the achievements of the past years in order to build a stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan,” she said.
At the event, the Resolute Support and U.S forces Commander Gen. John Nicholson reiterated his commitment to Afghanistan.
“These are political events last year and it is clear demonstration of commitment to Afghanistan. As demonstrated that we have not lost our will we are committed to the stability and peace of Afghanistan,” he said.
The CSTC-A’s mission is to plan, program and implement reform in the Afghan security and defense agencies.