Combined Commanders Conference syncs Afghan, coalition’s upcoming efforts

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Leaders share ideas during the spring Commander’s Conference on FOB Fenty, June 8. The conference hosted Afghan and coalition leaders from across “TF Bronco’s” area of operations to coordinate summer operations. Pictured from left to right are Brig. Gen. Amarkhil, Brig. Gen. Avizal and Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Leaders share ideas during the spring Commander’s Conference on FOB Fenty, June 8. The conference hosted Afghan and coalition leaders from across “TF Bronco’s” area of operations to coordinate summer operations. Pictured from left to right are Brig. Gen. Amarkhil, Brig. Gen. Avizal and Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Afghan and coalition leaders throughout the Afghan provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan gathered at Forward Operating Base Fenty, here, June 8, to participate in the spring Combined Commander’s Conference.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Bronco,” 25th Infantry Division, hosted the conference, which brought all the instrumental leaders from within TF Bronco’s area of operations together to synchronize the brigade’s battle plan for the next year.

“The Combined Commander’s Conference was extremely valuable,” said Lt. Col. Colin Tuley, commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT. “Anytime you bring leaders together from across coalition forces and Afghan National Security Forces, you will have positive results.”

The conference gave all leaders, Afghan and coalition, the opportunity to engage face-to-face with each other to express ideas and concerns, as all units move into the more volatile summer months.

“Talking together, conveying ideas and thoughts, assessing past and current operations … and doing so in person, face-to-face, truly brings us together in our focus for a continued strong partnership,” Tuley said.

Afghan leaders provided valuable insight into the brigade’s tactical offensive for the summer months, according to Tuley. They provided acute guidance on the challenges TF Bronco and its supporting elements may face as they navigate Afghanistan’s physical and human terrain.

“Understanding the environment is one of the most essential elements a commander must have before conducting an operation,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Jones, commander, 3rd Bde. Special Troops Bn., 3rd BCT. “The Combined Commanders Conference is an opportunity to bring all of the security leaders together to share their understanding of the environment and develop a common plan to defeat the threats to security.

“The conference shows that the partnership between the commanders of TF Bronco and the commanders of the Afghan National Army, National Police and Border Police is strong,” he added.

“It was a valuable discussion, allowing all voices to be heard and all concerns and recommendations to be addressed by (the main) decision makers,” said Lt. Col. William Goss, commander, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, who is attached to the 3rd BCT. “This partnership is what will change this country and allow Afghan National Security Forces to function on their own in governance, development and security.”

 

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