Friday, May 1, 2015

Article - The Advisor and BCT

Lt. Col. Jeremy Gwinn, U.S. Army, writes in Military Review about his deployment as an advisor attached to 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division to Regional Command East (RC East). At the time, 2010 to 2011, the brigade was augmented with several dozen personnel (the concept called for a 48-man team) to be combat advisors conducting the beginnings of the Security Force Assistance (SFA) mission. These early augmentation teams came to be known as Security Force Assistance Teams (SFATs); not to be confused with the follow-on advisors who were members of Security Force Assistance Advisor Teams (SFAATs) or the Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs). The SFATs, usually consisting of senior NCOs and officers, augmented the brigades advisory capacity. Many of the individuals on the SFATs saw important and rewarding duty; however, some were relegated by the receiving brigade commanders to unimportant positions and marginalized. Lt. Col. Gwinn provides us with an overview of the SFAT augmentation, training, employment, and finishes with some recommendations for future advisory efforts. Read "The Advisor and the Brigade Combat Team: Toward and Enduring Solution for an Enduring Requirement", Military Review, May-June 2015.

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