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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Governors of provinces within Regional Command-East provide input at a meeting about coalition and Afghan military strategy Dec. 5 at Bagram Airfield. The meeting helped officials from various branches coordinate strategy for the upcoming spring season. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces leaders in Regional Command-East briefed coalition and local Afghan government leaders on their strategy for the upcoming months Dec. 5.

The conference, held at Bagram Airfield’s Dragon Dining Facility, gave the leaders from the various branches a chance to coordinate their strategies and prepare for the upcoming spring campaigns.

“We’ve got to continue (our work) and not give the enemy a chance to rest,” said Lt. Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, Afghan military chief of staff.

The continuation of that work at the conference involved leaders from the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and Afghan Border Police sharing plans on everything from offensive strategies against insurgents to division of personnel among the various provinces.

“We’re looking to the future,” said Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force-101 and RC-East commander. “We’re really showing how we’re integrated.”

Provincial governors also attended the event, which provided them a chance to comment on the plans and express their concerns.

“It is very good that everyone knows their responsibilities to bring about security in the provinces and at the district level as well,” said Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, Khowst Province governor.

One issue that concerned the governors was the need to develop government at the local level as a means of keeping the insurgents from returning to an area, and a concern that Campbell addressed.

“We really do believe the way forward is to work at the local level,” he said.

“This event is important so that all of the military leadership and all of the civilian leadership work together better and better and continues to provide security and development to the Afghan people,” said Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and deputy command of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command-East, speaks with Afghan officials during a meeting at Bagram Airfield Dec. 5. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the strategies of the various branches of the Afghan National Security Force. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Members of coalition forces, the Afghan National Security Force and government officials met at Bagram Airfield to discuss strategy Dec. 5. The discussion was to help the various branches coordinate their efforts during the upcoming spring campaigns. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes, Regional Command-East Public Affairs) BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces, Afghan government and coalition officials discuss strategy for the upcoming months at a meeting at Bagram Airfield Dec. 5. The meeting provided the opportunity for the different branches to share their plans and address concerns. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

 

    

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