The Department of the Army has announced the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, the newest brigade-level unit to be stood up at Fort Hood, will serve a rotation in Afghanistan sometime this winter.
The brigade will replace the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade from Fort Bragg, N.C., as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the United States’ commitment to Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
“Our team continues to advance the advisor profession forward as we prepare for our upcoming deployment to the (Central Command Area of Responsibility),” said Brig. Gen. Charles J. Masaracchia, 3rd SFAB commander. “We are prepared to advise, support, liaise and assess our partnered foreign security force as they work to bring peace and stability to their country.”
According to stateoig.gov, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel began on Jan. 1, 2015, with the mission to “develop self-sustaining Afghan security forces that are capable of maintaining security under responsible Afghan civilian authorities.” Freedom’s Sentinel covers all operations by U.S. and allied nations in Afghanistan.
The 3rd SFAB officially stood up as an active unit on July 26, 2019. According to the Army, the SFABs were organized to take over the mission of training, advising, assisting, accompanying and enabling partner and allied security forces. This allows traditional combat brigades, such as those with the 1st Cavalry Division, to move away from advise and assist missions and concentrate on warfighting readiness against peer or near-peer threats.
The Army has authorized a total of six SFABs, five active duty and one Army National Guard. The 3rd SFAB is comprised of six active-duty battalions and one Army National Guard battalion and is assigned slightly more than 800 soldiers.
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