U.K. Army Brigadier Simon Humphrey, Kabul Security Force (KSF) commander thanks Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force (METF) Six for their successful contribution to the Kabul Security Force. He welcomed Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force Seven during the transfer of authority ceremony at New Kabul Compound. (NATO photo by U.S. Army Capt. Leanna Litsch)
By: U.S. Army Capt. Leanna Litsch, Kabul Security Force Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan – A critical element to the NATO Resolute Support (RS) Kabul Security Force (KSF) is the Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force (METF), who conducted a transfer of authority ceremony at the New Kabul Compound, April 23.
The transfer of authority occurred between Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force Seven, who relieves Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force Six, following their successful six-month deployment.
"Your service and commitment has been exemplary," said U.K. Army Brigadier Simon Humphrey, Kabul Security Force commander. "Your bravery is on display every day, and I and all other residents of this camp spend their days and nights feeling safer because of your selfless service, your constant vigilance and [your] military professionalism."
Although the Kabul Security Force is officially comprised of six nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Finland and New Zealand, Mongolia is a key contributor.
During his remarks, Humphrey highlighted the criticality of Mongolia’s participation.
"I always take an unofficial view that the Kabul Security Force is made up of one additional nation, Mongolia,” said Humphrey. "Because without the important work that you do here in New Kabul Compound, we would be unable to do our job.”
He also delivered a message to the incoming force.
"I offer the warmest welcome to METF Seven and look forward to working with you across the next six months," said Humphrey. "The spring and summer will bring new challenges, which I am sure that you are prepared for and will tackle with the same energy and professionalism as your departing comrades."
Mongolia began to contribute troops in 2010 when it deployed an infantry platoon to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Regional Command-North. In addition to the Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force, its current contributions to the Resolute Support mission include infantry, artillery and air mentors, and trainers to the Afghan security forces.
Established in 2015, Resolute Support 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 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.