Kandak Completes Operational Readiness Cycle (ORC) in Helmand. Afghan National Army soldiers with the 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps graduated from an operational readiness cycle at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan in early December 2017. The 350 members spent eight weeks developing their infantry skills at both the individual and collective level at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center (RMTC). U.S. Marine advisors from Task Force Southwest assisted during the course - overseeing training events and providing guidance and recommendations. (DVIDS, Dec 3, 2017).
MCTF Investigator Killed. A member of the Major Crimes Task Force or MCTF was killed in October 2017. He was the fifth member of the 300-man MCTF to be killed in the last two years. Questions about the morale of the MCTF are being raised. (Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 2017).
Erik Prince on Fixing Afghanistan. Former Navy SEAL and founder of Blackwater Erik Prince has a plan for Afghanistan. It involves a private military force and some minerals. (BuzzFeed,Dec 7, 2017).
Female Afghan Officers to Train in India. A group of 20 women army and air force officers will be trained at the Officer's Training Academy in Chennai, India. At any given time there are about 300 Afghan officers being trained in India. (The Times of India, Dec 6, 2017).
215th Corps Conducts Artillery Course. 1st Brigade, 215th Corp recently conducted (ending in December) an 8-week course on the D-30 122-mm Howitzer. The course provided formalized training on the ANA's primary ground fire support weapon. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest led the course - providing assistance in instruction to D-30 crewmen, forward observers, and fire direction center team members. (DVIDS, Dec 6, 2017).