Task Force Spartan

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Task Force Spartan (TFS) is the U.S. Army component of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS). OSS is commanded by United States Central Command and includes units from all service branches. The TFS mission is to "maintain a U.S. military posture in Southwest Asia sufficient to strengthen our defense relationships and build partner capacity".[1] TFS was formed on or about 2011 under United States Army Central Command, Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett commander.[2] In 2016, command of TFS was transferred to a rotation of U.S.[Army National Guard divisions while deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. TFS is comprised of United States Army, Army National Guard, and United States Army Reserve units.

Command Headquarters[3]

  • United States Army Central Command (USARCENT),[4] Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett
  • 29th Infantry Division (United States), December 19, 2016 - July 13, 2017[5][4] Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner.[6]
  • 35th Infantry Division (United States), July 13, 2017 - March 8, 2018,[4] Maj. Gen. Victor J. Braden.
  • 28th Infantry Division (United States), March 8, 2018 - Nov. 12, 2018, Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Schafer Jr.
  • 34th Infantry Division (United States), Nov. 12, 2018 - July 18, 2019, Maj. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell.
  • 38th Infantry Division (United States), July 18, 2019 - present, Maj. Gen. Gordon L. Ellis.


  1. "Task Force Spartan |". www.usarcent.army.mil. U.S. Army Central. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. Tan, Michelle (8 August 2017). "Interview: Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, U.S. Army Central Commanding General". Defense News. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  3. Ewer, Daniel. "Command Report for Headquarters 34th Infantry Division / Task Force Spartan". Minnesota National Guard. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "29th Infantry Division to transfer mission to 35th Infantry Division". Virginia National Guard. March 4, 2019.
  5. "More than 450 Guard soldiers to deploy to the Middle East". Army Times. March 4, 2019.
  6. "Major General Blake C. Ortner, ARNG Military Executive/Board Member". rfpb.defense.gov. Reserve Forces Policy Board. Retrieved 27 November 2019.

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