Task Force Normandy begins security mission

Lt. Col. Kurt K. Kobernik and Command Sgt. Maj. Alvin N. Martin, II, uncase the unit colors for 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, also known as Task Force Normandy, during a transfer of authority ceremony with the "Fighting Eagles" of 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team held Nov. 5, 2015. (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Buford M. Willie, Battalion S1, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., 3d ABCT, 4th ID)

Lt. Col. Kurt K. Kobernik and Command Sgt. Maj. Alvin N. Martin, II, uncase the unit colors for 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, also known as Task Force Normandy, during a transfer of authority ceremony with the “Fighting Eagles” of 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team held Nov. 5, 2015. (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Buford M. Willie, Battalion S1, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., 3d ABCT, 4th ID)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Soldiers of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, officially began their security mission in Southwest Asia with a transfer of authority ceremony with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment held Nov. 5, 2015, and celebrated Thanksgiving in their new duty location.

“The Soldiers are doing very well in integrating to the Area Support Group – Qatar community and executing their new jobs as well as establishing a normal battle rhythm,” said Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik, commander of Task Force Normandy. “The ASG-Q Provost Marshal Office has been very complimentary about how our Soldiers have performed so far and relations with Area permanent party partners and our host nation continue to grow as we fulfill our security force mission.”

In addition to their primary mission, Kobernik said there are numerous events, morale, welfare and recreation activities and fitness opportunities available that have lifted the spirits of the Soldiers.

“Thanksgiving Day was a day filled with plenty of food, conversations and laughter,” he said.

The Task Force Normandy command team served Thanksgiving lunch to their Soldiers to show their appreciation for the great work they are doing. They also hosted and served Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of Central Command, his Thanksgiving meal.

Task Force Normandy Soldiers have also been engaged in community outreach events to include volunteering with Girls Scouts, Boy Scots and fielding a joint ASG-Q soccer team.

“While the competition is tough, we are proud to report that we won a scrimmage Nov. 29 against the Qatar Air Force Team by a score of 3-1,” Kobernik said.

Kobernik and Command Sgt. Maj. Alvin N. Martin, Jr., Task Force Normandy command sergeant major, have also re-enlisted several Soldiers since they began their mission, and both expressed their appreciation for those who raised their right hand to continue to support and defend the United States Constitution.

“We owe a special thanks to all the family and friends for their unconditional support and care for our Soldiers,” Kobernik said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

View more photos from Thanksgiving on the Task Force Normandy Facebook page:
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The command group of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, also known as Task Force Normandy, serves Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 26, 2015, while deployed to Southwest Asia. (Courtesy Photo)

The command group of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, also known as Task Force Normandy, serves Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 26, 2015, while deployed to Southwest Asia. (Courtesy Photo)