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California National Guard :  “A lot of advising efforts derived from having the passion to help,” said Master Sgt. Janet Bretado. “I had that passion from my family upbringing and still do to this day. As a leader you have to see past what is going on in the country and train, advise and assist those who are seeking help.”

Bretado, a native of Bellflower, California, is one of two female advisors from the 40th Infantry Division serving as part of Train, Advise and Assist Command-South.

The command, which is composed of Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is focused on training and assisting Afghan security forces and supporting counterterrorism operations.

“I am part of the (Military Advisory Team) for TAAC-South,” said Bretado. “I advise the logistics section for 205th Afghan National Army Corps.”

As an automated logistical specialist for the past 13 years, Bretado was the perfect candidate for the team.

“During my past two deployments, back in 2008 and 2010, I was the Supply Support Activity noncommissioned officer in charge,” she said. “I was able to use my experience from those deployments to help my counterparts here with their Forward Support Depot, which is similar to our SSA.”

According to Bretado, to fully assist her counterparts she had to instruct them on the duties and responsibilities of a logistician. Read more

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California National Guard :  “A lot of advising efforts derived from having the passion to help,” said Master Sgt. Janet Bretado. “I had that passion from my family upbringing and still do to this day. As a leader you have to see past what is going on in the country and train, advise and assist those who are seeking help.”