STUTTGART, Germany — As Kosovo prepared for last Sunday’s elections — the first since declaring independence from Serbia — a new U.S.-led task force took responsibility of NATO’s Multi-National Task Force-East.

Army Brig. Gen. Alan S. Dohrmann, of the North Dakota National Guard’s 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, assumed command Saturday at a ceremony at Camp Bondsteel.

Dohrmann replaced Brig. Gen. Keith D. Jones of the California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division (Forward), according to a task force news release. The California Guard unit has been in Kosovo since February.

The task force comprises about 2,200 troops, including 1,300 U.S. troops and soldiers from five NATO nations.

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