Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Afghan Mission

Afghan security forces need maintenance and logistics training to ensure they are ready for the long haul against the Taliban and other terror groups, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said during a recent Pentagon interview.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell also spoke about the advisory mission, Afghan noncommissioned officers and the effect of the Afghan Inherent Law.

In March, the sergeant major accompanied his boss — Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — to Afghanistan for an in-depth look at operations and strategy in the country.

Troxell served in Afghanistan as the senior enlisted advisor for the International Security Assistance Force’s Joint Command in 2011 and 2012.

“Back then, we had over 100,000 coalition troops,” he said. “The U.S. and coalition forces were still conducting combat operations side-by-side with our Afghan partners. It came at a cost on U.S., coalition and Afghan forces. On the coalition side that year, we lost 332 killed in action and the Afghans suffered three times that.”

Afghan Forces Now in the Lead

Now the Afghans are in the lead, and, compared to 2012, the coalition footprint is miniscule — around 14,000 service members spread throughout the country.

The initial results of the train, advise and assist efforts have been successful in the north and east of Afghanistan. And now the Army’s 1st…

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