Marines Advise Afghan Partners in Sangin

A U.S. Marine Corps advisor with Task Force Southwest (TF-SW) listens to the 2nd Brigade commander talk about the enemy’s position during an expeditionary advisory package at Camp Nolay in Sangin district, Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luke Hoogendam)
22 Aug 2018

By: Task Force Southwest Public Affairs

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marine Corps advisors with Task Force Southwest and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers with 2nd Brigade, Afghan National Army 215th Corps, partnered for an advisory mission at Camp Nolay in Sangin district, Aug. 1-16.

U.S. Marine Corps advisors spent over two weeks in Sangin advising the 2nd Brigade on new or updated administrative and logistical procedures to maintain and sustain equipment and personnel deployed to the frontlines in Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

"It’s important for the [Afghan National Army] soldiers that are forward deployed to understand the processes completely and to ensure that the proper parts, supplies and equipment are received to maintain sustainable operations on the battlefield,” said U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Garcia, a Task Force Southwest logistics advisor.

Although not engaged in direct combat operations, Task Force Southwest’s role as the main advisory element in Helmand and Nimroz provinces is essential to promoting the success of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, denying safe havens to insurgents in the region, and helping to build a sustainable, credible force.

"The goal of the [expeditionary advisor package] is to train the ANA [Afghan National Army] on sustainable procedures, so in the long-run, the ANA [Afghan National Army] are following their own plans and own processes,” said Master Sgt. Luke Bennett, a Task Force Southwest logistics advisor.

Through advisory missions, Task Force Southwest is able to support the Afghan-owned, Afghan-led operations that promote peace and stability in the region.

"That quality face-to-face time is important to show the Afghans that we’re here to support their efforts and provide assistance any way possible from an advisory perspective,” said U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Pipkin, a Task Force Southwest administration advisor. "It is through us working together – Afghan and coalition forces – that is helping the ANA [Afghan National Army] achieve success and is one of the steps to building the peace that Afghanistan needs and deserves.”

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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