Elements of three Kandaks belonging to the Afghanistan National Army’s 1st Brigade of the 215th Maiwand Corps conducted clearing operations in the Trek Nawa area of Helmand province Nov. 18 through 24.
The clearing operation highlights the 215th Corps’ ability to deploy Kandaks as part of an operation and sustain them logistically for a week.
The Brigade coordinated layered security operations with other elements of the Afghan security forces through a command operations coordination center established in the Trek Nawa area as part of this clearing operation.
The Kandaks scheme of maneuver and ‘calls for fire’ were coordinated through the COCC.
“The clearing operation was primarily successful because the ANA planned, briefed, coordinated, and then executed the operation. A debrief along with an after action report was also provided to the 215th Corps leadership,” said Lt. Col. Philip Treglia, Security Force Assistant Advisor Team Officer in Charge for 1st Brigade of the 215th Corps ANA.
“Advisor support was available, but since the ANA evacuated their own casualties and destroyed the enemy with (grenade launchers) and mortars, ISAF support was not requested,” Treglia added.
Article by Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, Regional Command Southwest