“ANAOA no longer needs our daily mentorship. It is well able to stand on its own two feet; planning, preparing and delivering excellence, while consistently striving to improve.”
He also reflected on the contribution of his multinational NA7TO mentoring team in making this one of the region’s leading officer-training establishment.
“As a British officer, I am intensely proud of my nation’s leading commitment to this legacy. One that is shared with our current partner nations, New Zealand and Denmark, alongside those former contributors of Australia and Norway.”
Lieutenant General Mohammad Nazim Payenda, the ANA’s chief of Training and Doctrine and the senior Afghan officer at the event, echoed those sentiments and thanked his NATO friends and counterparts.
“The role of officers and partners from every nation…was outstanding. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all partners.”
“I am content that your investment and efforts are not wasted. You all leave a legacy of tangible and legitimate achievements. This legacy is the effectiveness and self-sufficiency of the training and educational institutes which perform independently.”
Together with NATO partners, the UK played a lead role in the inception and development of ANAOA, whose exhaustive 48-week training program is based on the format used at Britain’s prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This relationship between two academies will endure into the future, providing a close and permanent link benefiting cadets and junior leaders for years to come.
“This is not the end; far from it” said Brigadier Timmis. “We remain committed to ANAOA. We will further build with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst a partnership of mutual benefit, starting with reciprocal visits early next year. We will continue to train officers in the UK.”
NATO will continue to offer advice and remains committed to supporting the ANDSF through training and funding.