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An Afghan Air Force tactical air controller scouts notional targets for MD-530 helicopters during an ATAC training exercise at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2017. Several ATACs worked to enhance their aircraft directing skills with assistance from coalition advisors in preparation for future operations in Helmand province. Tactical air controllers often travel with ground force elements on the battlefield to direct airstrikes onto Taliban targets, allowing for better maneuver and safety of Afghan forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - An Afghan Air Force tactical air controller scouts notional targets for MD-530 helicopters during an ATAC training exercise at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2017. Several ATACs worked to enhance their aircraft directing skills with assistance from coalition advisors in preparation for future operations in Helmand province. Tactical air controllers often travel with ground force elements on the battlefield to direct airstrikes onto Taliban targets, allowing for better maneuver and safety of Afghan forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

The Afghan National Army 215th Corps color guard marches the Afghan national colors past Helmand province and Afghan National Defense and Security Force key leaders during a graduation ceremony at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2017. The ceremony marked the end of the 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade 215th Corps’ operational readiness cycle, an eight-week course led by Afghan instructors at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center. Approximately 350 soldiers with the unit trained to enhance their infantry capabilities and will support Afghan National Defense and Security Force combat operations throughout the province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lucas Hopkins) - The Afghan National Army 215th Corps color guard marches the Afghan national colors past Helmand province and Afghan National Defense and Security Force key leaders during a graduation ceremony at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2017. The ceremony marked the end of the 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade 215th Corps’ operational readiness cycle, an eight-week course led by Afghan instructors at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center. Approximately 350 soldiers with the unit trained to enhance their infantry capabilities and will support Afghan National Defense and Security Force combat operations throughout the province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lucas Hopkins)

Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps insert notionally wounded soldiers into an Mi-17 helicopter during casualty evacuation training at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2017. The Helmand Regional Military Training Center implemented its first iteration of CASEVAC training using Afghan air assets as part of the operational readiness cycle to help prepare its students for real-world missions. U.S. advisors assigned to various train, advise, assist commands from throughout Afghanistan observed the training in preparation for integrating standardized CASEVAC rehearsals into their unit’s ORCs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps insert notionally wounded soldiers into an Mi-17 helicopter during casualty evacuation training at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2017. The Helmand Regional Military Training Center implemented its first iteration of CASEVAC training using Afghan air assets as part of the operational readiness cycle to help prepare its students for real-world missions. U.S. advisors assigned to various train, advise, assist commands from throughout Afghanistan observed the training in preparation for integrating standardized CASEVAC rehearsals into their unit’s ORCs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Maj. Roshan, right, the senior enlisted advisor to the President of Afghanistan, offers remarks to U.S. and Afghan military personnel during a warfighter forum at Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 15, 2017. The warfighter forum was a two-day event bringing together senior enlisted leaders from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and their U.S. counterparts to discuss solutions to challenges such as accountability, mortuary affairs and female integration in order to further professionalize the Afghan forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Maj. Roshan, right, the senior enlisted advisor to the President of Afghanistan, offers remarks to U.S. and Afghan military personnel during a warfighter forum at Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 15, 2017. The warfighter forum was a two-day event bringing together senior enlisted leaders from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and their U.S. counterparts to discuss solutions to challenges such as accountability, mortuary affairs and female integration in order to further professionalize the Afghan forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, left, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, greets Col. Kareem, the Provincial Headquarters G-2, during a key leader engagement at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017. Task Force Southwest Marines are assisting their Afghan National Defense and Security Force Counterparts throughout Operation Maiwand Seven through battle tracking and close air support. The mission focuses on clearing the Taliban from the Nad’Ali district in order to expand security around the provincial capital Lashkar Gah while also promoting security and stability for the local populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff) - U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, left, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, greets Col. Kareem, the Provincial Headquarters G-2, during a key leader engagement at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017. Task Force Southwest Marines are assisting their Afghan National Defense and Security Force Counterparts throughout Operation Maiwand Seven through battle tracking and close air support. The mission focuses on clearing the Taliban from the Nad’Ali district in order to expand security around the provincial capital Lashkar Gah while also promoting security and stability for the local populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)

Afghan National Army soldiers with Artillery Brigade, 215th Corps prepare to conduct a notional firing exercise using a 122mm howitzer D-30 at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2017. U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest are instructing an eight-week artillery course to more than 20 ANA soldiers with the brigade. The students are all forward observers, artillery crewmen or part of a fire direction control team, and are learning how to properly employ artillery to support combat missions throughout Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - Afghan National Army soldiers with Artillery Brigade, 215th Corps prepare to conduct a notional firing exercise using a 122mm howitzer D-30 at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2017. U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest are instructing an eight-week artillery course to more than 20 ANA soldiers with the brigade. The students are all forward observers, artillery crewmen or part of a fire direction control team, and are learning how to properly employ artillery to support combat missions throughout Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

 

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