Croatian ISAF Troops Targeted By IEDs

8 03 2011

Source: MORH

On March 5th 2011, nine members of 16th Croatian ISAF contingent moving between two camps in the northern part of the country were targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) placed along the road.

According to Croatian authorities, none of the members of the Croatian OMLT team were injured, nor did the IED damage the MRAP’s being used by the members of the Croatian Armed Forces in Afghanistan.


Croatian Airforce Advisors and Afghan Army Work To Improve Supply Process

1 12 2010

Lt Col Goran Novoselic (left) of the Croatian Air Force and Lt Col Thomas Tran (center) of the US Air Force speak to a crew member of an Afghan National Army Mi-17 helicopter prior to departing on a mission to Qush Tappeh. - ISAF Images

Two Afghan National Army Mi-17 helicopters recently flew a supply mission to an outpost near Qush Tappah, Jowzjan province, under the mentorship of International Security Assistance Force pilots and crews.

Regional Command North, headquartered at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh province, requested that the Afghans take on the mission, as more missions are now being undertaken by the Afghan Army.

For two years, national army and ISAF mentors Camp Marmal have been working together to familiarize the pilots and crews of the Russian-built Mi-17 with coalition standard operating procedures.

Learning a new way to plan and execute successful supply missions is difficult for pilots that have spent years flying under different operating instructions, according to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Tran, deputy group commander of the U.S. Air Force’s 438th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Tran said the success of the program is evidenced by the undertaking of missions like the one to Qush Tappeh.

“These pilots were familiar with a different style of tactics,” Tran said following the completion of the Qush Tappeh mission. “Learning our style was the only way for them to become fully integrated with ISAF, and the only way for us to reduce our footprint in Afghanistan is to properly train them to take over the missions that ISAF has been performing. It’s definitely working, we’ve seen continuous improvement.”

Afghan Army Col Noor Ali, a pilot on the Qush Tappeh, mission feels the improvement seen has been a direct result of the partnership between ISAF and the Afghan Army, and said that mentoring programs are important for the future of Afghanistan.

“The Croatian pilots in particular have so much experience to share with us,” said Ali via an interpreter. “We are learning so much every day, but I’m not just learning for me. This will help Afghanistan so much in the future. I am looking forward to being a mentor for new generations of pilots. This will be great for our Afghan air forces.”

Croatia Lt. Col. Goran Novoselic, Croatian Air Force mentor, said he’s been impressed in the two months he has worked with his Afghan colleagues.

“I have seen many good moments in these two months,” Novoselic said. “They already had the knowledge to fly the aircraft, with what we are teaching them, they will continue to improve.”

On the mission to Qush Tappeh, both Mi-17’s were able to land, offload a full cargo load each and take off safely in less than 15 minutes. Tran said it was a good day all around, the Afghan Army soldiers stationed at Qush Tappeh now had food and equipment to make it through the winter months – and the ISAF mentors had even more confidence in their Afghan counterparts.



Pictures: 14th Slovenian ISAF Contingent Arrives in Afghanistan

3 11 2010

On Friday, 21 October, the main body of the 14th Slovenian ISAF Contingent arrived at US base in Shindad, western Afghanistan. They moved to Shindad from Herat to join the contingent’s advance party. Before their arrival, they took over duties from the 13th Slovenian Contingent and in the following days, before they assume the mentorship of the Afghan National Army (ANA), they will acquaint themselves with the unit and the area of responsibility.

With the final phase of training in early November, the 14th Slovenian Contingent will verify its readiness to assume mentorship within the area of responsibility.

The 14th Slovenian Contingent is composed of 88 members from different Slovenian Armed Forces units, and two civilian experts who will provide mentorship for members of ANA infantry battalion and combat support battalion. In addition, they will support and protect Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLT) and provide national logistic support. The contingent will operate as part of ISAF commands and the Regional Command West Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). The OMLT and the support unit also include 11 members of the National Guard Colorado.

For its operation, the 14th Slovenian Contingent will use four 8×8 Svarun Middle Wheeled Armoured Vehicles, three 6×6 Valuk Light Wheeled Armoured Vehicles and eight 4×4 Hummer Light Wheeled Armoured Vehicles.  The main body of the contingent is stationed at a US base in Shindad, western Afghanistan, while some servicemembers work at Camp Arena and Camp Stone in Herat, and at ISAF Command in Kabul.

Source: Slovenian Ministry of Defence
Picture source: via Forums

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Afghanistan: Montenegrian soldiers leave for ISAF mission

9 03 2010

Tanjug reported today that an infantry platoon of 25 Montenegrin soldiers will be joining Hungarian and Croatian PRT in Pol-e Khomri Afghanistan today.

Headed by two officers in regional command and one logistics officer the Montenegrians are also sending a three person medical team.

Here is a number of video’s of Montenegrian TV covering preparations for the deployment:

Note: Looks like they’re wearing something similar to MuliCam. More pics here: LINK

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