FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
Air Force Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/6/10) – The Colorado Army National Guard will hold a brief departure ceremony for Soldiers of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team-Augmentation on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Sparks Auditorium at the Colorado National Guard state headquarters in Centennial, Colo.
These Soldiers, the second of two OMLT-A teams, will leave their jobs and communities to join approximately 90 Slovene soldiers, and together, as part of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, they will train and mentor members of the Afghan National Army during a deployment that is scheduled for six months in Afghanistan.
“It always gives me a sense of accomplishment when I see Soldiers from Colorado making a difference in our own communities but to see them deploy today for a multi-national mission that will help bring security to communities in Afghanistan brings an incredible amount of pride to our organization,” said Col. Dana M. Capozzella, Colorado Army National Guard commander.
The Colorado and Slovene soldiers will instruct and mentor soldiers from the Afghan National Army in subjects such as operational planning and mission execution, in an effort to increase the overall capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces.
The Colorado Soldiers are expected to arrive in Afghanistan in early 2011 after a train-up period in Fort Polk, La., and Germany. Like most deploying units, the soldiers will learn specific theater requirements, learn language and culture, and will learn how to teach and mentor the ANA.
The Colorado National Guard and the Republic of Slovenia have developed a strong relationship of trust and cooperation through more than 17 years as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program.
The OMLT program is an important part of the NATO-International Security and Assistance Force’s contribution towards the development of the Afghan National Army. They greatly contribute to the ISAF mission of assisting the government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. The ISAF's key military tasks include: assisting the Afghan government in extending its authority across the country, conducting stability and security operations in coordination with the Afghan national security forces, mentoring and supporting the ANA, and supporting Afghan government programs to disarm illegally armed groups.
The COARNG's first OMLT-A team is already serving in Afghanistan. Read that story here.
For Assignment Editors: Media wishing to cover this event should arrive at the south gate of the Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado complex located at 6848 S. Revere Pkwy., Centennial, Colo., 80112 no later than 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7.
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