(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Gen. David Petraeus conducted his final official duty in uniform on Monday, handing over control of the more than 140,000 coalition troops in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen.
In a change of command ceremony held privately in Kabul, Allen officially assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force from Petraeus. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who attended the ceremony, promoted Allen to a four-star general before he took over the reins.
Speaking on his vision for Afghanistan and the ISAF, Allen told the crowd, “Throughout, we will keep our eyes on the horizon -- the future of Afghanistan -- a nation of free people at peace, governed under its constitution, pursuing economic enterprise and development, in a secure and stable environment free from the extremism and terrorism that has plagued this wonderful country and its people for more than a generation. In the end -- together we will prevail.”
Also on Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai awarded Petraeus the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan, Afghanistan's most significant medal of honor.
Petraeus will officially retire from the military next month and become the new director of the CIA.
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