U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, center, commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook, commanding general of the 215th Corps, speak to ANA soldiers during a visit to Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, May 9, 2013. Milley and other staff toured the Shorabak facilities and discussed coalition force operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tammy Hineline.
U.S. airman prepare a training scenario using a mock improvised explosive device during practice operations on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 13, 2012. The airmen are assigned to the 966th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Operating Location-Bravo, which partnered with the Afghan National Army to train soldiers in ordnance disposal. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Biondo.
U.S. Army Pfc. Zachary Hayes Bolin, a combat medic, assigned to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, dresses the wounded hand of an Afghan National Army explosive ordnance disposal soldier who was injured when an improvised explosive device exploded during an operation in the Panjwa’i district, Dec. 29, 2011. Photo by Staff Sgt. Nazly Confesor.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Prall, rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment scans the area while crossing a bridge during a partnered security patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in Helmand Province Afghanistan Dec. 18, 2011. The ANA and Marines interacted with local citizens to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people. Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder.
An Afghan National Army soldier with 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps Route Clearance Platoon practices sweeping with a metal detector prior to crossing a man made bridge during counter improvised explosive device training here, Nov. 10. The counter IED training featured scenarios similar to those the soldiers are likely to face while operating here in southern Helmand. The training offered soldiers a safe environment to become proficient with the most up-to-date tactics, techniques and procedures for defeating the IED threat. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller.
U.S. Navy Lt. Linda Eliasthomas (left), a native of Salem, Ohio and U.S. Navy Lt. Christine Flood (third from right), a native of Arlington, Va., both assigned to Role 3 Multinational Medical Hospital on Kandahar Airfield, mentor Afghan national army medics on basic nursing skills, infectious disease control and hospital trauma procedures at the Kandahar Regional Medical Hospital, June 5. Photo by Sgt. Richard Andrade.
Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and Afghan National Army soldiers search the village of Sahak, Afghanistan, May 9. The search allowed the partnered forces to improve security in the area and also strengthen the bond between the Afghan government and the local population. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P. Sklaney III)
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Combined Joint Task Force-101 Toccoa TAC commander and Deputy Commanding General for Support CJTF-101 U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Warren Phipps, Toccoa TAC acting deputy commanding officer U.S. Army. Lt. Col. Jeff Smiley, and Afghan National Army 201st Corps Commander Maj. Gen. Abdullah, board a hovering UH-60 Black Hawk after visiting forward U.S. and ANA units, March 27, during Operation Bullwhip. Operation Bullwhip is a joint operation with U.S., coalition and Afghan Army units with the purpose of clearing the Galluch and Badpesh areas of insurgents, destroying weapons caches and bomb-making materials, and securing the areas for the continued peace of the Afghan citizens. Photo by 1st Lt. Bart Majo.
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Daniel Snyder, a CH-47 Chinook flight engineer, briefs Afghan National Army soldiers on dismounting aircraft March 25. Snyder, a first sergeant in Company D, Task Force Phoenix, TF Falcon, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, trained four groups of ANSF soldiers on quick dismounts during air assaults. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Jo Brown)
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Afghan National Army and the French Operational Mentoring Liaison Team join forces with U.S. Army soldiers with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, to conduct a joint dismounted patrol through Qual-e Jala village in the Koh-e Safi District, March 21. Troop B partnered with ANA and the French OMLT to check on security within the village and to conduct a key leader engagement with village elders. Photo by Spc. Kristina Gupton.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers to investigate possible insurgent cache locations in Zormat District Feb. 5. The ANA and 2nd Plt. acted on a tip provided to the ANA by the Guardians of Peace program, which is designed to allow villagers to give information anonymously to Afghan national security forces and coalition forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Smith, Company C, Task Force Lethal).
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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Soldiers of the 3rd Coy, 1st Kandak, find anti-personnel mines retrofitted with additional homemade explosives and a pressure switch while searching a weapons cache in Sarmast Kheyl in eastern Zormat District Jan. 31. The ANA, partnered with the U.S. Army’s 1st platoon, Company C, Task Force Lethal, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, also found improvised explosive device manufacturing materials and ingredients to create homemade explosives. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joel Sage.)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A mine resistant ambush-protected vehicle remains idle as construction efforts surround Combat Outpost Bak and the nearby district center. International Security Assistance Forces, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army members work together daily to help address the district population’s concerns. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ken Scholz, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)
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The Afghan National Army graduated 1,385 recruits from it's Basic Warrior Training course at Regional Military Training Center on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. Once the recruits leave RMTC they will head to a technical school and then proceed to the 205 Corps of the ANA. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kolmel.