Slovak Special Forces Advisory Team Completes Afghanistan Deployment
Master Sgt. Dusan, a Slovak Senior Enlisted Advisor and School of Excellence (SOE) Commando Qualification Course mentor receives his End of Tour award during a ceremony held near Kabul, Afghanistan, May 24, 2018. The Slovak Special Operations Advisory Team (SOAT) mentored Afghan Commando training instructors during their six-month deployment. (NATO photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa).
4 Jun 2018
By: Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Slovak Special Operations Advisory Team (SOAT) completed its six-month deployment to Kabul to train, advise and assist Afghan Commando Qualification Course instructors, May 24.
Along with instructors from other nations, the team ensured Commando training standards were maintained during the largest training surge of Commando recruits in the course’s history.
"It was one of my greatest military honors to work alongside the Polish, Afghans, and Americans," said the Slovakian team captain. "To be a contributing member of Afghan Special Forces growth, is something I took very serious and am proud to have been a part of. Although the demands to grow Afghan Special Security Forces were often times challenging, we were able to do so, and ahead of the projected timeline. We could not have done that by ourselves, you need a team to accomplish this, and the U.S. and NATO forces assisted in that effort as well."
Commandos are the cornerstone of Afghan Special Security Forces growth over the next four years, with 4,000 added to the fighting force in the past nine months.
"I really enjoyed working with the Slovak advisory team,” said Senior enlisted advisor to the Command School of Excellence director. "These guys really knew their stuff when it came to training and execution, and ran a tight ship."
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.