06/05/2011 | Capt. Antonia Greene and Maj. Corey Schultz 174th Infantry Brigade PAO and Army Reserve Public Affairs, respectively
Task Force Scorpion is the first iteration of Army Reserve Soldiers deploying in support of NTM-A. Over the next few months, the approximately 200 Soldiers assigned to TF Scorpion will undergo extensive training in order to meet mission requirements.
The TF Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan to join NTM-A, the command responsible for training self-sufficient Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
The Army Reserve’s capabilities such as engineering, medical, logistics, military police, and also the large variety of skills Reserve Soldiers bring from their civilian careers, make the TF Scorpion Soldiers uniquely qualified for the culturally sensitive and communications-intense mission of NTM-A.
First Army Division East has the responsibility of training the NTM-A, so both the 174th Infantry Brigade and its mission-planning partner, the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, will serve as the lead training support team.
Soldiers from 4th Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) conduct lanes training in preparation for their mission as members of TF Scorpion at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J
Specifically, the training focuses on combat advisor and mentorship skills integration. First Army Division East will train the team on advanced communication tools, solidifying their roles as effective and resourceful trainers and mentors. Extensive Afghan cultural awareness and Dari language instruction is also integral to the training. In addition, Soldiers will become combat lifesaver certified, and receive foreign weapons instruction.
“We’re looking forward to helping train the Afghan Security Forces --we have a very talented group of trainers and anticipate some great training here at ASA-Dix,” said Army Col. Paul Wegman, commander, TF Scorpion.
Once in Kabul, TF Scorpion will “train the trainers,” enabling Afghan trainers, instructors and leaders to create and manage self-sufficient national security programs and institutions. The goals set by NTM-A and its coalition partners include: expanding the “train-the-trainer” system, strengthening literacy and vocational skills within the ranks, and accelerating leader development for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Specifically, TF Scorpion will provide Combat Support and Combat Service Support instructors, trainers, and mentors for the ANSF. Their missions will vary based on which aspect of NTM-A they support. The largest element deploys to fill leadership and key roles in the Consolidated Fielding Center. Other Task Force elements will operate in the Capital, North, South, East, and Central Regions. They will assume roles in Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC), various parts of the Afghan Defense University, Branch Schools, and Regional Training Centers.
“The combat advisor skills and leader mentality must be honed here, enabling the Soldiers to provide the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police the essential tools to succeed,” explained Army Maj. Scott Page, 72nd Field Artillery Brigade Plans Officer.
The official NTM-A website, www.ntm-a.com, provides additional information along with feature spots on Afghanis and news of the collective progress.