Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan Ambassador to the United States, addressed U.S. Army Special Operations Command Soldiers who have served in or are deploying to Afghanistan, and laid a wreath at the USASOC Memorial Wall honoring the fallen, May 11.
“I am deeply humbled by the sacrifice any Soldier makes for their country. It is a great honor to be able to lay a wreath at this memorial and pay tribute to these fallen warriors, many of whom served alongside my country’s own brave special forces,” said Ambassador Mohib. “Afghan and American Soldiers are brothers and sisters-in-arms, fighting for the cause of peace. We will never forget them.”
Lt. Gen. Ken Tovo, USASOC commanding general, said the wreath laying signifies the importance of the relationship between Army Special Operations and the Afghanistan government. He noted that the nations have worked side-by-side since 2001.
“We’ve lost a lot. The American military has sacrificed a lot, the American people have sacrificed treasure on behalf of Afghanistan,” Tovo said. “It’s also important to remember the heaviest price in human loss has been paid by the Afghan people themselves. Their military and their police and their civilians have paid an order of magnitude more than we have in this long-running conflict. I think it's an important step that the Afghan government acknowledges our sacrifice.”
Mohib came to the home of Army Special Operations at the request of Maj. Gen. James B. Linder, outgoing commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, to attend Linder’s change of command ceremony and pay his respects to the men and women who gave the full measure in defense of their country.
“Since 2001, the men and women of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command have been on continuous rotations to Afghanistan. Our Soldiers have formed enduring friendships with our Afghan Commandos and Special Forces brothers. We have cemented our brotherhood through blood, sweat and sacrifice,” said Linder. “It is an honor to stand here today with Ambassador Mohib and pay respects to those who paid the ultimate price for freedom.”
Maj. Gen. Linder’s next assignment is to the Special Operations Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, where he will direct the actions of U.S. special operators working to stabilize the nascent democracy.