Brigadier General Jon Vance has taken over command of Task Force Kandahar with little pomp and ceremony.
Brigadier General Vance was parachuted in to command Task Force Kandahar until this fall. He replaces Brigadier General Daniel Menard, who was relieved of command a week ago, after allegations for an inappropriate relationship with a female soldier were revealed.
Jon Vance handed over command to Daniel Menard last November. Vance will command until September, when Brigadier General Dean Milner will take over.
The Change of Command comes at a pivotal time, when a major offensive is planned in Kandahar. The offensive is intended to flush the Taliban insurgents out of strongpoints.
Vance left Kandahar in November after a 10 months tour and will have no difficulty in a smooth takeover of command. The interim command will permit a smooth handover to Brigadier General Dean Milner, who is currently training his staff.
A press conference with Brigadier General Vance will take place in a few days.