KABUL, Afghanistan – A ceremony commending the Communication Support Unit (CSU) for reaching capability milestone 1Bravo was held May 31.
“It has been a long, hard time, but my personnel did their best with the training from the mentors and now they are able to train other ANA units, “ said Afghan Brig. Gen. Qasim Hakimi, commander, communication support unit. “I am very proud of my men for their accomplishments.”
Capability milestone 1Bravo indicates that the CSU now has the capability of executing their functions as a unit with only coalition oversight instead of coalition advising and mentoring. This important achievement shows that the Afghans of the CSU are closer to having a fully transitioned unit that can stand and function on its own, further providing to the security and stability of Afghanistan.
“The CSU is to be congratulated on achieving this milestone,” said British Army Brig. Gen. James Stevenson, Deputy Commander Army for the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (NTM-A). “This is a significant achievement on the path to the CSU being able to operate autonomously.”
The CSU is made up of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers responsible for providing deployable voice, video, and data communications capabilities anywhere in Afghanistan. These different forms of communication are used in support of combat, humanitarian or other contingency operations. The progress is critical to establishing reliable communications capabilities in support of war efforts in Afghanistan.
“The CSU is a very important strategic and operational level organization that is crucial to the effective development of the ANA,” said Stevenson.
Armed with the newest technology, and the proper level of expertise, the ANA will soon be prepared to take the reins from coalition units and safeguard their own country.
“My mission and my goal is to work with my personnel towards reaching milestone 1Alpha and to be able to take control of everything and protect the country,” said Hakimi.
NTM-A is a coalition of 38 troop contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. For more information about NTM-A, visit www.ntm-a.com.
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