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.
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.
An Afghan soldier scans the ground for an improvised explosive device during IED search training. In the continuing effort to rid Afghanistan of IEDs, Afghan National Army soldiers recently completed the initial portion of an IED detection course. ANA soldiers enrolled in the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course finished the three-day, basic search segment of the class at the Joint Security Academy Southwest at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 29. Photo by Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr.
U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip Curran, alpha team leader and native of Dallas, Texas, assigned to 1st Platoon, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, makes his way down the side of a steep incline as an Afghan National Army Soldier maintains security from above during a recent joint air-assault mission with Afghan National Security Forces in the mountains of Khowst Province Oct. 8. The successful operation resulted in the location and destruction of two insurgent weapons caches containing recoilless rifle rounds, rocket-propelled grenades, small-arms ammunition and a machine gun. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, third from left, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, meets with members of the Afghan National Army in the Bala Murghab valley of western Afghanistan, Aug 2, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail
U.S. Soldiers from the security forces team assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, explore a short cave inside of 'The Castle' May 31, in Qalat City, Afghanistan. The former fortress of Alexander the Great is being utilized by Afghan National Army soldiers conducting operations throughout Zabul province. Photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez.
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LAGHMAN PROVINCE - U.S. Army Pfc. Brian P. Rhodes of Kendall, Fla., a rifleman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Iron Gray, watches for trouble during a patrol to visit the village of Kusuk in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman province May 24. The Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces mission allowed Civil Affairs Soldiers with the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team to visit with villagers and discuss the need for residents to support and participate in the Afghan government. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Abdul Rahim Wardak (center), Afghanistan Minister of Defense,speaks with soldiers from the Afghan National Army Feb. 15 during a visit to Helmand Province. Wardak was in Helmand to conduct a press conference about ongoing operations in the area. (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz)
Afghan National Army soldiers train for an air assault mission on Contingency Operating Base Connolly in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2010. (DoD photo by Spc. David A. Jackson, U.S. Army/Released)
Operational Mentor and Liaison Team soldiers working side by side with the Afghan National Army in the Mirabad Valley Region. A major operation conducted by Australian and Afghan National Army (ANA) Forces has experienced success, uncovering a significant number of caches to the east of Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan. ( Photo courtesy Australian Ministry of Defence)
Afghan National Army soldiers from 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Corps conduct live-fire and tactical movement drills in Pol-e-Charki, Afghanistan, Dec. 15, 2009. During the training, the soldiers practiced using anti-tank weaponry and M-4 rifles. (DoD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Davio, U.S. Army/Released)
U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, right, commander of U.S. Central Command watches members of the Afghan National Army prepare to fire mortars at targets during a demonstration at Camp Morehead in Kabul, Dec. 16, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brian Ybarbo
Soldiers with the Afghan National Army, Marines with Mine Resistant Ambush Protective Company and attachments patrolled through several small villages Sept. 23 during Operation Gator Crawl. Regimental Combat Team 3 Photo by Cpl. Daniel Flynn
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan -- Pfc. Michael Gibson, an infantryman with 1st Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gives an IV to 1st Platoon's combat medic, Spc. Vincent Salinas, during a demonstration for Afghan National Army Soldiers and Border Policemen, Sept. 19, at Forward Operating Base Curry, Paktika province, eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)