Afghan Commandos Increase Self-Sustainment with New Weapons Facility

(Left to Right) Col. Jamal Nasir, Afghanistan Ministry of Defense Acquisition Technology Logistics director, U.S. Army Col. Darin Blatt, Afghan National Army Special Operations Command-Special Operations Advisor Group (ANASOC-SOAG) commander, Col. Mansoor, ANASOC deputy commander for Support, and Maj. Gen. Nabiullah, ANASOC chief of staff, cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of ANASOC’s new weapons maintenance and repair facility near Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2, 2018. (NATO Photo by Master Sgt. Felix A. Figueroa)
8 Aug 2018

By: Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Afghan Special Security Forces continue to increase self-sufficient capabilities and lethality for their force, most recently with the establishment of a new Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) weapons maintenance and repair facility that opened, August 3.

"We are grateful to our government and our international partners for making this happen,” said Lt. Col Mansoor, Afghan National Army Special Operations Command deputy commander for support. "The new weapons maintenance and repair facility will provide much needed help to our Commandos in the fight against the Taliban to secure Afghanistan.”

Afghanistan’s Commandos rely heavily on their weapons, and ensuring they are maintained properly is critical to their ability to perform on the battlefield.

"Having accurate and dependable weapons systems on the battlefield is paramount,” said U.S. Army Col. Darin Blatt, Afghan National Army Special Operations Command-Special Operations Advisory Group (ANASOC-SOAG) commander, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility.  "The Afghan National Army Special Operations Command now has the ability to sustain Commandos and daily operations. This is yet another effort ushering their forces into the 21st century.”

Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.  Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.

 

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