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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team helps build the backbone of the Afghan National Army

 

Written by  Capt. Nicholas Drake

1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Shinwar, Afghanistan – The noncommissioned officer corps is the backbone of the United States Army and critical to the combat effectiveness of its units. By contrast, the Afghan National Army’s NCO Corps is still in its early stages of development into a trusted force in the eyes of the ANA leadership.

The 2nd Infantry Kandak of 4th Brigade, 201st Corps is one of the newest Kandaks in the Afghan National Army. While the Kandak has a number of experienced leaders in senior leadership positions, the vast majority of the unit is made up of newly trained and inexperienced soldiers.

Members of Archangel Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division look on as NCOs from 2nd Kandak, 4th BDE, 201st ANA Corps execute qualification on the M16 rifle on Shinwar Base in Nangahar Province. (Sgt. Connor Quinn/U.S. Army)

Members of Archangel Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division look on as NCOs from 2nd Kandak, 4th BDE, 201st ANA Corps execute qualification on the M16 rifle on Shinwar Base in Nangahar Province. (Sgt. Connor Quinn/U.S. Army)

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