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News Stories about the 1st SFAB

November 18, 2017. "A Governance Advising Framework for the Security Force Assistance Brigade", Small Wars Journal. Three Civil Affairs officers provide recommendations for the SFABs on governance advising.

November 17, 2017. "Letter seeks new Army unit for WSMR, would add 500 soldiers", Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico's congressional delegation have sent a letter requesting one of the Army's new SFABs be based at White Sands Missile Range.

November 9, 2017. "Combat Service Support Soldiers take pride in building the 1st SFAB", DVIDS. A 92Y Unit Supply NCO talks about her important job with the SFAB.

November 9, 2017. "Security Force Assistance Brigade: XVIII Airborne Corps seeks tactical leaders", Fort Campbell Courier.

November 7, 2017. "Combat and cultural readiness key for new Army trainers", San Francisco Chronicle. The Army's new training brigade is looking beyond traditional best practices to see if soldiers meet the cultural and personality criteria to train local forces in different cultures.

November 6, 2017. "FISTers in Army's 1st SFAB encourage 13Fs to volunteer". DVIDS. Once mannng requirements are met, the intent is to have one fire support Soldier per CAT (Combat Advisor Team).

November 6, 2017. "Army's 1st SFAB demonstrates readiness, experience with first combined field training exercise". Army.mil.

November 4, 2017. "Commentary: Military advisers have a place, but the colored beret is a cheap attempt at legitimacy", Army Times. Scott Neil, former Green Beret, weighs in on the 'beret flap'.

November 2, 2017. "1st SFAB promotes first Soldiers to sergeant under new policy", Army.mil. Three soldiers who graduated from the Military Advisory Training Academy (MATA) are the Army's first soldier's to be promoted to sergeant under the Army's new SFAB automatic promotion policy.

November 2, 2017. "Army Chief: Advise-and-Assist Units to Wear Brown, Not Green, Berets", Military.com. General Milley will pick the shade of brown that the SFAB soldiers will wear.

November 2, 2017. "Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Unique Experiences in New Army Brigade", Department of Defense. A small arms artillery repairman is pleased to be with the 1st SFAB.

November 1, 2017. "1st SFAB Soldiers Enact Advising Mission in Training Environment", TRADOC News Center. Soldiers put their advisor team skills in action during a culminating event entailing military operations on urban terrain.

October 31, 2017. "1st SFAB Sends first-ever team to Best Medic Competition", DVIDS. Two combat medics from the unit will compete at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in early November.

October 31,2017. "Making the Team Better: 1st SFAB builds readiness with integral medical training", Army.mil. Soldiers from the 815th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st SFAB went through a series of scenario training events that included medical tasks and casualty evacuation.

October 30, 2017. "Explosives Training Helps 1st SFAB Soldiers Focus on Unit's Mission", TRADOC News Center.

October 29, 2017. "Beret for Soldiers of 1st SFAB - Concern in SF Community", SOF News.

October 27, 2017. "Army's 1st SFAB builds bonds during first FTX". DVIDS. The 1st SFAB conducted its first field training exercise from October 16-27, 2017. The focus was on training up the 12-man teams to operate in the most austere of environments or on FOBs.

October 25, 2017. "SFA Paper - "Building Armies, Building Nations" (RAND, Oct 2017)", SOF News. A 253-page paper provides a history of advisory efforts over the past decades and offers recommendations for future SFA programs.

October 23, 2017. "1st Security Force Assistance Brigade Soldiers Conduct Tactical Convoy Training", TRADOC News Center. Soldiers from the 92nd Brigade Support Battalion of the 1st SFAB trained on the fundamentals of convoys in tactical situations.

October 20, 2017. "Proof of Concept: Big Questions The Army's New Foreign Advisory Units Must Address", by Rick Montcalm, Modern War Institute.

October 16, 2017. "First security force assistance brigade training for deployment", Army.mil. The fielding of the SFABs has been accelerated to allow traditional brigade combat teams to focus on readiness for warfighting against near-peer threats.

October 11, 2017. "Army offers automatic promotions to Security Force Assistance Brigade volunteers", Army Times. To attact volunteeers the Army suspends the need for professional military education.

October 10, 2017. "All Things SFAB - Explainer of Security Force Assistance Brigades", SOF News. This article provides a brief synopsis of a presentation given at the Association of the United States Army annual conference about the Army's SFABs.

September 26, 2017. "Task Force 1-28 Conducts Dismounted Live-Fire Training", TRADOC News Center.

September 20, 2017. "FORSCOM General Visits 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade", Benning News. General Abrams says the SFAB units are the number one effort for the U.S. Army.

September 16, 2017. "Security Force Assistance Brigades: It's About Time", Small Wars Journal. Article by Morgan Smiley, a retired US Army officer currently working in Saudi Arabia.

September 5, 2017. "Will the Army's New Advisory Brigades Get Manning and Intel Right?", by Noah B. Cooper, War on the Rocks.

August 11, 2017. "Security Force Assistance Brigades: The US Army Embraces Antifragility", by Nathan A. Jennings, Small Wars Journal.

August 10, 2017. "Security Force Assistance Brigades: US Creates New Foreign Policy Tool", by Adrei Akulov, Strategic Culture Foundation.

June 21, 2017. "SOF and the Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs)", SOF News. The Army expects there to be close coordination between Special Forces and the SFABs.

June 19, 2017. "A New Breed of Advisory Team: Security Force Assistance Brigades to Collaborate with Special Operations Forces", by MG James B. Linder, MG Eric J. Wesley, and CPT Elliot S. Grant, Association of the United States Army.

May 30, 2017. "Army Ramps Up Effort to Recuit 'Best of the Best' to New Deployable Training Brigades",  Task and Purpose. Brigades to be manned by officers and senior NCOs.

May 28, 2017. "Interested in joining the Army's newest brigade? Here's what you can expect." Army Times. The 500-man skeleton brigade will have a lot of "NCOs without Joes". $5K bonus and choice of follow-on assignment are incentived to volunteer for an SFAB.

May 18, 2017. "Security force assistance brigades to free brigade combat teams from advise, assist mission", Army.mil. The new SFABs mean regular BCTs will no longer need to conduct the advise and assist missions.

May 11, 2017. "Washington's SFABs Will Teach the Art of War to Foreign Armies", New Eastern Outlook.

May 4, 2017. "Army OKs $5K bonus to woo troops into a new training brigade", Army Times. The bonus is targeted to mid-grade NCOs. Of the 529 soldiers in the brigade, 360 will be officers who won't qualify for the bonus.

April 21, 2017. "Army looking for experienced soldiers who want to help train foreign forces", Army Times. The Army has been hand-selecting experienced soldiers to attend the newly stood-up, six-week long military advisor training academy.

March 3, 2017. "A Green Beret's Ode to Big Army's New Security Force Assistance Brigades", War on the Rocks. COL James E. Hayes III, a career Special Forces ofifcer, says the SFABs are an idea whose time has come.

February 23, 2017. "Replaced? Security Force Assistance Brigades vs. Special Forces", War on the Rocks. Tim Ball, a Special Forces officer, worries that SF will lose its edge in the world of military advising. He concludes with "Special Forces should consider this carefully - it might not be long before members of the security force assistance brigade are picking out the color for a newly authorized beret, and establishing their own legacy as elite advisors who live and die with their partner forces in the darkest corners of the world."

February 17, 2017. "New Academy Will Train Security Force Assistance Brigades", TRADOC News Center. The six week course will soon kick off for officers and NCOs.

February 16, 2017. "Army creates Security Force Assistance Brigade and Military Advisor Training Academy at Fort Benning", U.S. Army Public Affairs, Army.mil. The U.S. Army announced that a new type of organization designed to focus on security force assistance and an academy that will train soldiers assigned to these specialized units have been created.

June 29, 2016. "Advisory brigades to be established by U.S. Army", SOFREP. In this article, a career SF Soldier endorses the rationale for the formation of SFABs.

January 14, 2016. "Learning From Our Mistakes in Selection and Training of Miltary Advisors", SOFREP. The U.S. Army is taking steps to professionalize its advisor capability.

 

 


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