The Commander of the highly trained and specialized 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) Army Col. Scott Jackson has said the brigade is seeing results during their mission launched nearly 100 days ago in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). (Photo – Courtesy Sgt. Neysa Canfield / 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

“We confirm that we had the right training to prepare us to train, advise, assist, accompany and enable our Afghan partners,” Army Col. Scott Jackson told Pentagon reporters via videoconference June 13 from Kabul, Afghanistan.

“The manner in which the SFAB operates requires a degree of specialized training, providing self-sufficiency in difficult and complex situations,” he said.

Col. Jackson further added that in the time the brigade has been in Afghanistan, the troops have witnessed Afghan forces taking the fight to the enemy and using their own resources. Afghan forces have used air assets, artillery and ground maneuvers with success in the fight.

“Since our arrival we have deployed advisory teams to every Resolute Support regional command and partnered them with Afghan army, police and border force elements ranging from kandak to Afghan brigades and police districts and all the way up to Afghan corps, division and police zones,” he said.

According to Col. Jackson, the SFAB has provided ground maneuver-focused teams, and specialty teams focused on engineering, field artillery, military intelligence, logistics and communications.