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Georgia has been participating in the International Security Force Assistance (ISAF) in Afghanistan for a number of years providing troops for Regional Command Southwest and other locations in Afghanistan.


Georgian Army Mission Ends in RC South and Southwest

On July 15, 2014 the Georgian Army ended its mission in Regional Command Southwest. in October 2014 the Georgian Special Mountain Battalion completed its seven-month long deployment in Regional Command South. The Repubic of Georgia sent its first troops in September 2004. In total, Georgia lost 29 soldiers killed in action with over 400 soldiers wounded. 3.


Georgia Training for Deployments

The Georgian military has provided a consistent troop presence in Afghanistan. Their predeployment training is extensive with the culminating event a MRX at JMRC at Hohenfels, Germany. The US Marines provide liaison and training assistance to ensure their deployment to RC Southwest goes smoothly.

GDP-ISAF. The Georgia Deployment Program is run by (lead component) the United States Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa with assistance from the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group MCSCG). The MCSCG also executes security cooperation engagement planning, education and training, and advisory support for GLTs and GTTs. The Georgians have been training with the Marines as part of the Georgia Deployment Program since 2009.

The GDP consists of six-month training programs to train the Georgian military units in counterinsurgency tactics, techniques and procedures. The training is designed to support training at all levels from basic first aid to the more advanced battalion staff-level procedures and functions. At the end of the six-month training program the Georgian units head to the Joint Multinational Training Center (JMTC) in Germany for additional training and a Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX).

The United States has a history of providing training to the Georgia military. In 2002 the U.S. sponsored the Georgia Train and Equip Program (GTEP) which cost $64 million and trained and equipped four 600-man battalions with weapons, vehicles, and communications equipment. 1.

In 2005-2006 the Georgia Sustainment and Stability Operations Program (GSSOP) provided the ability of the Georgian military to assist in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Army Special Forces and U.S. Marines conducted the training. 2.

2014. The Georgian 51st Light Infantry Battalion arrived at Bagram Air Field (BAF) in November of 2014 to perform the duties of force protection.

2015. A reconnaissance company from the 4th Mechanized Brigade served as the rapid reaction force for the Train Advise and Assist Command - North (TAAC-North) at Camp Marmal in northern Afghanistan.


Upcoming, Current, and Past Georgia Military Deployments

2014. 51st Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade.
2014. Georgia Special Mountain and 23rd Light Infantry Battalions.
2013. Georgia 31st Light Infantry Battalion.
2014. Georgia 51st Light Infantry Battalion.
2015. Georgia 43rd Infantry Battalion.

Websites with Info on Georgia in Afghanistan

CIA World Fact Book on Georgia
www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gg.html

Democratic Republic of Georgia by Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_Georgia

Georgian Armed Forces by Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgian_Armed_Forces

Special Forces Brigade of Georgia by Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Forces_Brigade_of_Georgia

Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group - Tag: 23rd Light Infantry Battalion
www.mcscg.marines.mil/News/. . ./23rd-light-infantry-battalion.aspx


Papers and Publications on the Georgian Military

Areshidze, Irakly G. "Helping Georgia?", Perspective, Volumne XII, Number 4, Boston University, March-April 2002. Paper explores the impact on U.S. military training assistance to Georgia.
www.bu.edu/iscip/vol12/areshidze.html

Nadirashvili, Zakaria V. Georgian Light Infantry Battalions in the Global War on Terrorism, a thesis for Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2005.
http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA437043


News and Magazine Articles and Blog Posts on Georgia in Afghanistan

November 18, 2015. "Marine unit in Afghanistan works alongside Georgians", DVIDS.

October 1, 2015. "Georgians in Afghanistan Defending Their Country". Georgia Today. An explanation of why Georgia is in the country of Afghanistan.

April 18, 2015. "Georgian Chief of Defense visits Resolute Support Headquarters". RS News. Currently, spring 2015, Georgia is the second largest contributor of troops to the RS mission in Afghanistan.

March 26, 2015. "Farewell Ceremony of 43rd Battalion in Vaziani". The Messenger Online. The Georgian battalion will deploy to Afghanistan for a six-month long deployment where it will be responsible for security of Bagram Air Field.

March 6, 2015. "Humanitarian Mission in village of Musa Bala". The Messenger Online. The 51st Battalion provided humanitarian assistance to a village in their operational area.

March 1, 2015. "Marines continue fighting alongside Georgians in Afghanistan". Marine Corps Times. A small group of U.S. Marines continue to engage in 'operations' in Afghansitan alongside members of the Georgian military.

February 20, 2015. "Exercise". The 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion trains at Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany in preparation for their upcoming Afghan deployment.

January 10, 2015. "Georgia's military chief holds top meetings in Afghanistan". Agenda.ge.

December 16, 2014. "Georgian Troops Head to Mazar-i-Sharif". Civil.ge. A reconnaissance company of the 4th Mechanized Brigade will provide the rapid reaction force to TAAC-North.

November 24, 2014. "Georgia Promised Eventual NATO Admission", Silk Road Reporters. A consistent and reliable partner in Afghanistan gets rewarded?

November 3, 2014. "1st Battalion, 320th FA Regiment transfers security of BAF to Georgian 51st Light Infantry". The Georgian Army unit will be responsible for base security at Bagram Air Field and work with their ANSF partners. DVIDS.

November 3, 2014. "Georgian Special Mountain Battalion ends Afghan mission with ceremony". DVIDS. The Georgian's mission was force protection throughout Regional Command South's (now TAAC South) area in Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces.

April 25, 2014. "Georgian Liaison Team, 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion and conduct air raid with Afghan National Army soldiers"DVIDS. Operation in Helmand province.

March 20, 2014. "Georgian President visits Georgian Infantry Battalion, Marines aboard Camp Leatherneck". Marines.mil. Members of the 31st Light Infantry Battalion (Georgia) and the Marines of Georgian Liaison Team 11 received a visit form the president of Georgia.

March 7, 2014. "Republic of Georgia troops train alongside Marines during rehearsal exercise".  DVIDS. U.S. Marines and two battalions conduct an MRE prior to the Georgian deployment to Afghanistan.

February 24, 2014. "31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion - Helmand Province". Afghan War News Blog. The Georgian Bn is on their third Afghan tour.

February 23, 2014. "Republic of Georgia soldiers conduct cordon and search during rehearsal exercise". DVIDS. Soldiers from the Georgian Special Mountain Battalion conducted training at the joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) at Hohenfels, Germany.

  February 19, 2012. "Georgian forces remain vigilant when under siege of insurgent bombardment during readiness exercise". DVIDS. Members of the 23rd Light Infantry Battlion train at JMRC in Hohenfels, Germany.

September 1, 2011. "Tenth Georgia Soldier Killed in Afghanistan". Civil.ge. Soldier was a member of the 33rd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Brigade.

June 3, 2011. "Georgia Mulls Sending More Troops to Afghanistan". Civil.ge.

April 29, 2002. "Georgia "Train and Equip" Program Begins". DoD News Release.

 

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Endnotes

1. Read more on GTEP at Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Train_and_Equip_Program

2. Read more on GSSOP at Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Sustainment_and_Stability_Operations_Program

3. See "Georgian Army ends mission in Helmand", ISAF, July 16, 2014.
www.isaf.nato.int/article/news/georgian-army-ends-mission-in-helmand.html

4. Read about driver training for the GDP-RSM project in a contract announcement by GovTribe.com, December 22, 2015.

 


 

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