Fort Hood: Post Commander Outlines Afghanistan Plans

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

FORT HOOD (September 25, 2013) ---Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commander of III Corps and Fort Hood and of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, outlined the plan for Afghan security forces over the next year Wednesday as American forces prepare to leave the country.

The III Corps Headquarters deployed from Fort Hood in April this year.

The deployment is Milley's third one to Afghanistan.

"When I first came here this country was fundamentally in rubble," Milley said.

Milley said by building the country's security forces including the police and army it has allowed the country to continue to develop and build roadways and even universities.

There are 350,000 security forces in Afghanistan now including includes military forces all the way down to police officers who enforce traffic rules.

But as the drawdown continues with an exit date of December 31, 2014, Milley said the work for American troops is not done.

Milley said more work needed to be done with logistics, personnel management systems, and more sophisticated intelligence systems.

"They're very good at human intelligence because it's their country and they speak the language but they need help in some of the more sophisticated forms of intelligence like signals intelligence and imagery intelligence etc.," Milley said.

Milley also said work is continuing to develop an Afghan Air Force to provide air support for the security forces.

Another area of training American forces have been helping Afghan security forces with is first aid.

Milley said while the forces have the tactical advantage over the enemy treating their own soldiers if they get wounded continues to be a challenge.

"In the first few minutes in order to prevent him from dying you want to make sure individual soldiers within that unit within the first few minutes can apply the critical first responder care in order to stop the bleeding, keep the airway open and then control for shock," Milley said.

Milley said during the current fighting season a majority of the security posts in Afghanistan have seen violence from enemy forces.

"In well over 90% of the cases the afghan security forces have withheld and defended and beat off the enemy," Milley said.

Milley said if the security forces are able to continue this effort even after American forces leave the country could continue to progress.

"The more they yearn for education, communications etc. there will be much less chance there is for the radicals, the Taliban etc. to ever come back into power," Milley said.

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