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Army June 6, 2013
Cpl Mark Doran
"THE Afghans have come a long
way and they continue to progress
This is how Brig Mark Brewer,
the Deputy Commanding General of
Force Development at HQ Regional
Command -- South described the Afghan
National Security Forces during a staff
assistance visit to Tarin Kot on May 15.
Two delegations of Afghan military
leaders including the logistics officer,
the fires chief and the chief engineer
from the 205th Hero Corps, met with
commanders of the Afghan National
Army's 4th Bde while Brig Abdali
and key staff from the southern region
operational coordination centre met
with their provincial-level counterparts
during the visit.
The delegations also inspected the
new ANA barracks at the base, which is
close to completion.
Brig Brewer said the command-
ers discussed key operational priori-
ties and sustainment challenges with
the ANA command team, including
the Commander of the 4th Bde, Col
Mohammad Rasul Khan.
"These regular meetings enable staff
coordination of the main focus areas of
logistics, counter-IED and fires," Brig
by Afghan progress
Force development brigadier hails major gains for Afghan ops
"The ANSF are in the lead for secu-
rity and what we have to do now is to
ensure they can maintain that security
independently for the long term.
"The discussions held at the coor-
dination centre talked through future
planning and some of their challeng-
es, including logistics challenges, as
well as how the ANSF are coordinating
operations in Uruzgan across the
The three ANSF security pillars
in Uruzgan are the ANA, the Afghan
National Police and the National
Directorate of Security.
The staff delegation from the
regional command centre, based
in Kandahar, took the opportunity to
reinforce the priorities for operational
"These include the clear air-ground
process for indirect fire, which is in
place, coordinating casualty evacuation
in Uruzgan as well as any response to
an IED event," Brig Brewer said.
"Our key focus areas are counter-
IED, medical, sustainment -- supply and
maintenance -- and fires because they
are the main capabilities which enable
the ANSF to operate independently.
"Our aim is to set conditions so it's
not ISAF solving Afghan problems,
its ANSF leadership solving ANSF
"Our efforts over the months ahead
will seal the deal in terms of their long-
Commander CTU Col Simon Stuart
said examples of ANSF effectiveness
and independence in Uruzgan includ-
ed their responses to insurgent threats,
especially in the more remote areas.
"The insurgents continue to target
the ANSF, but the increasingly confi-
dent response from the ANA and ANP
is an encouraging sign," Col Stuart said.
"Provincial leaders are engaged in
resolving situations as they arise and
insurgents are now finding traditional
routes and safe havens in the province
are now finding
and safe havens
in the province
-- Brig Mark Brewer,
Regional Command -- South
Checking in: Deputy Commanding General of Force Development at
HQ Regional Command -- South Brig Mark Brewer tours the new Afghan
National Army Barracks construction site at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
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