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1st SFAB uncases colors, begins train, advise, assist mission in Afghanistan: The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade and its six battalions uncased their colors across Afghanistan March 15, symbolically beginning their mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The deployment of 1st SFAB marks the first time the Army’s newest unit — specially designed to partner with and enable allied conventional forces — is operationally employed by a combatant command.

The 1st SFAB’s brigade headquarters uncased their colors during a ceremony at Advisor Platform Lightning in the southeastern province of Paktiya. An uncasing ceremony is an Army tradition in which a unit removes their colors from a protective case symbolizing their readiness to begin their mission in a deployed location.

The brigade’s six battalions, which are spread all across Afghanistan in seven of the NATO Resolute Support Mission’s Train, Advise, Assist Commands and Task Forces, uncased their colors the same day.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this great team of combat advisors,” said Col. Scott Jackson, the 1st SFAB Commander. “In less than a year, these outstanding professionals came together and built a brigade from the ground up, completed an intense training program and deployed to Afghanistan, fully ready to partner with the ANDSF.”

The unit’s advising capacity represents an augmentation of the existing capability that exists across the seven facets of advising already resident in the Resolute Support Mission. 1st SFAB takes advising to a lower tactical level to expand the advising effort across the ANDSF.

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1st SFAB uncases colors, begins train, advise, assist mission in Afghanistan: The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade and its six battalions uncased their colors across Afghanistan March 15, symbolically beginning their mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.