In this week, I completed some training courses for Afghan Security Forces (Afghan National Defense Security Forces - ANDSF) at Herat's Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan.
The Italian instructors of "Mountain Warfare" have qualified, after five weeks of activity, the first Afghan instructors of the 207 Army Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) on basic techniques of movement and combat in the mountains. This is an advanced course taught by personnel from the Alpine Training Center and the “Julia” and “Taurinense” alpine brigades which will allow, especially to the staff of the 1 ^ brigade of the ANA to independently train their staff employed in the mountain environment.
The activity ended with an exercise in the mountains in which they participated jointly with the Afghan military, Italian soldiers of the "Serenissima" lagoon regiment and of the Alpine Corps.
Instructors of the “Serenissima” lagoon regiment conducted the first course “Basic Infantry Small Unit Leader” by training the first Afghan trainers of the Regional Military Training Center of Herat. The course allowed the students to refine the technical and tactical procedures typical of the Infantry.
The TAAC-W is currently driving the cavalry brigade "Pozzuolo del Friuli" under the command of Brigadier General Giovanni Parmiggiani who, during the ceremonies for the delivery of end of course certificates, wanted to underline the professionalism and dedication shown by the military and Afghan policemen during training activities: "The success of these courses demonstrates the effectiveness of the Train, Advise and Assist of NATO carried out by the TAAC-W".
TAAC-W, an Italian-led NATO Command, is made up of soldiers from 8 nations, all united in a single purpose, to contribute to training, assistance and advice to the Afghan Security Forces in order to facilitate the conditions for the creation of a state of law, credible and transparent institutions and above all, autonomous and well-equipped security forces.