The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade is back from its maiden deployment to Afghanistan, the 2nd SFAB is preparing to leave for its own rotation, and SFAB No. 3 officially activated at Fort Hood on Jan. 4.
So, where to?
While the Army’s SFAB concept was originally designed to be available all over the world, the first two brigades have both been tapped for U.S. Central Command to aid in training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
But, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley told Army Times on Wednesday, the plan is still to make them available for deployments to Africa, Europe and so on.
“The reason we said five [SFABs], initially, was to have one for each of the geographical combatant commands,” he said, adding that the sixth, a National Guard-based brigade, would be available for U.S. Northern Command.
With 1st SFAB’s redeployment from Afghanistan, the after-action reports are calling the model a success. Having professional military advisers focused on that mission made a difference, Milley said.
“Granted, it’s a tactical effect,” he added. “It’s not necessarily a strategic effect.”