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1st SFAB combat advisor teams train for upcoming Afghanistan deployment: The convoy of American Soldiers and their Afghan counterparts came to a sudden halt as a group of Afghan villagers crowded the road. With raised voices, the villagers claimed that U.S. forces had attacked their livestock, and vehemently stated that they would not let the convoy pass until they received compensation for their damaged property.

The Soldiers, members of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, used their specialized combat advising training to work with their Afghan National Army partners to effectively negotiate a solution that was amenable to the villagers.

After this, the American and Afghan soldiers moved onto their final objective of seizing a government building that had been taken over by oppositional forces — all part of a simulated training scenario at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Jan. 13.

The 1st SFAB Soldiers, headquartered in Fort Benning, Georgia, will deploy for the first time to provide training and advising assistance to Afghan National Defense Security Forces in the spring of 2018. The unit is the Army’s new permanent, additive force structure developed and deployed as a solution to the Army’s enduring advise and assist requirement in support of the defense strategy.

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1st SFAB combat advisor teams train for upcoming Afghanistan deployment: The convoy of American Soldiers and their Afghan counterparts came to a sudden halt as a group of Afghan villagers crowded the road. With raised voices, the villagers claimed that U.S. forces had attacked their livestock, and vehemently stated that they would not let the convoy pass until they received compensation for their damaged property.The Soldiers, members of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, used their specialized combat advising training to work with their Afghan National Army partners to effectively negotiate a solution that was amenable to the villagers. After this, the American and Afghan soldiers moved onto their final objective of seizing a government building that had been taken over by oppositional forces — all part of a simulated training scenario at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Jan. 13.