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Sep 1 2018

Train, Advise and Assist Command-West Develops Innovative Training Cycle

HERAT, Afghanistan – The NATO-led Train, Advise and Assist Command-West has introduced an innovative new training cycle called "Omnia," named for the Latin word meaning "comprehend," August 27, at their headquarters in Herat province.

Omnia is an umbrella program that centers on leadership, staff and trainers inside the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Focused on optimizing time and employing spaces already available, an Italian contingent set up a system aimed at conducting Security Forces' training opportunities both outside of, and in Camp Arena's Train, Advise and Assist-West headquarters.

Omnia paves the way to train-the-trainers in a short time, teaching the importance of command unity and unit team building. It also trains and tests Afghan National Defense Security Forces Headquarters staff through real-life scenarios and exercises. 

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Resolute Support advisors train Afghan National Defense and Security personnel in mountain warfare climbing procedures, Camp Arena, Herat province, July 12, 2018. (NATO photo by Italian Army Caporale Maggiore Capo Scelto Attilio Radogna)

"Advisors have been proactive in providing very clear support, beneficial for the operational aspects," said Afghan National Army Colonel Abdul Ghani Mahmodi, the 207th Corps chief of operations, during a recent expeditionary advisory package.

Omnia is not replacing the Regional Military Training Centers, but is assisting in accelerating the train-the-trainers process. This has been possible due to the synergistic effort of Train, Advise and Assist-West assets including, Task Force Arena, Carabinieri Police Advisory Teams, Italian Army Military Advisors and other specialized military units, in cooperation with the U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigade.

Some courses within Omnia include mountain warfare, self-defense and police techniques, basic life support, combat trauma care, counter improvised explosive devices and information technologies.

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.

Story by Resolute Support Public Affairs Office

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