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Task Force Phoenix is sometimes referred to Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix or CJTF Phoenix (its more official name). TF Phoenix was organized in April 2003 to train and mentor the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The first units involved with TF Phoenix were from the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York. Once the 10th Mountain Division rotated home the train, mentor and advise mission was assumed by units of the Army National Guard and other members of the coalition. Much of this training took place at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC).
Initially the TF was involved in training the Afghan National Army (ANA) but that mission soon spread to training the Afghan National Police (ANP).
Embedded Training Teams (ETTs). The Embedded Training Teams provided training and assistance to the Afghan staff and Kandaks (battalions).
Countries in TF Phoenix. In addition to the United States, other countries participated in Task Force Phoenix to include France, United Kingdom, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, New Zealand, and Mongolia.
Units of CJTF Phoenix. Some of the units that have participated in TF Phoenix include:
45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma Army National Guard. Formed the core of Task Force Phoenix II in 2003.
76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana Army National Guard. Formed the core of Task Force Phoenix III 2004.
53rd Infantry Brigade of the Florida Army National Guard, 209th Regiment of the Nebraska Army National Guard, and 211th Regiment of the Florida Army National Guard formed the core of Task Force Phoenix IV in 2005.
41st Infantry Brigade of the Oregon Army National Guard formed the core of Task Force Phoenix V. The 41st was activated in late 2005. 2.
218th Brigade Combat Team of the South Carolina Army National Guard formed the core of TF Phoenix in 2007.
27th Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard took command of TF Phoenix in April 2008.
33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Illinois Army National Guard took command of TF Phoenix in December 2008.
48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia National Guard. Formed the core of TF Phoenix in 2009.
Disbanding of Task Force Phoenix. TF Phoenix was eventually disbanded. With the establishment of NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A) and Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A) the need for TF Phoenix lessened. The task forces' mission changed from one of training to support of the many coalition bases in the Kabul area. It's name was changed to the Kabul Base Cluster Installation Command or KBC. 1.
Morgan Smiley. Combat Advisor Unit for Afghanistan Transition. Small Wars Journal, December 15, 2011. Accessed here on March 24, 2012.
LTC Troy D. Lewis. Training the Afghan National Army. School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), CGSC, AY 2011. Accessed here on DVIDS on March 24, 2012.
GAO. Actions Needed to Enhance the Ability of Army Brigades to Support the Advising Mission, August 2, 2011. Accessed here on GAO.gov on March 25, 2012.
Colonel Gary A. Rosenberg. Security Force Assistance and the Brigade Combat Team: Recommendations for the Way Ahead, June 10, 2011. Accessed here on the Marshal Center Research Library Digital Collections on March 25, 2012.
Scott G. Wuestner. Building Partner Capacity/Security Force Assistance: A New Structural Pradigm. Accessed here at the USAF Air University on March 24, 2012.
CJTF Phoenix. The Phoenix Patriot. At one time Task Force Patriot published its bi-weekly publication in 2006. Accessed here on March 24, 2012.
Task Force Phoenix. By WikipediA. Accessed here on March 24, 2012.
Coalition Joint Task Force Phoenix. By GlobalSecurity.org. Accessed here on March 24, 2012.
June 5, 2009. "U.S. troops work to quickly train Afghan forces ahead of election". Stars and Stripes.
February 23, 2009. "Afghanistan Training Mission to Double in Size". Wired.com Danger Room.
February 2, 2009. "Rise of the Phoenix in Afghanistan". NATO.
May 16, 2008. "New York Guardsmen Support Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan". Tactical-Live.com.
2006. "New Jersey Supports Task Force Phoenix". Guardlife. A story on 16 NJ Guardsmen who deployed as an Embedded Training Team (ETT).
August 9, 2004. "Hoosiers Replace Sooners in Afghan Mission". Defend America.
1. For more info on the disbanding of Task Force Phoenix see "Passing the Torch: Task Force Phoenix Gives Way to New Kabul Base Cluster Command", ISAF Release.
2. For more info on the deployment of the 41st Brigade see a paper by SGM Michael James entitled Task Force Phoenix V, Afghanistan, 05252009, USASMA Digital Library, June 12, 2007. Accessed here on March 24, 2012.
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