Joint Task Force Guantanamo Welcomes New Commander

By JTF GTMO Public Affairs | JTF GTMO Public Affairs | April 7, 2017

Joint Task Force Guantanamo —     Rear Adm. Edward B. Cashman assumed command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo from Rear Adm. Peter J. Clarke in a ceremony April 7, on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Joint Task Force Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal, and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commissions.
    Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of the U.S. Southern Command and guest speaker at the event, commended the task force for its contributions to national defense.
    "You are ordinary people performing extraordinary, important missions. You are doing it with humanity and with dedication," he said. "You live and you work by a code of honor that makes JTF's detention operations a model for the rest of the world."
    Tidd underscored why their fellow citizens count on them to successfully perform their duties to the highest standards.
    "Detainee operations are an essential tool in our counterterrorism tool kit," the Admiral observed. "They're an operational legal and moral imperative against a non-conventional enemy."
    Clarke served as JTF commander since November 2015.
    Cashman was previously director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), J-8, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

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