The Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan
(CSTC-A) is a multinational military formation
. Its primary role is the training and development of Afghan security forces like the Afghan National Army
. Its headquarters is at Camp Eggers
. Under CSTC-A’s operational control is Task Force Phoenix
, which is responsible for training the Afghan National Army.
Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell
is the current commanding general. Command Sergeant Major Ralph R. Beam is the senior non-commissioned officer. The commanding general of CSTC-A is double-hatted as the commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan
The senior leadership staff is dominated by U.S. Army officers, but Canadian, Polish, and British officers also serve. The Canadians are part of the unit under Operation Archer
. Major General Robert W. Cone
handed over command to Formica on January 15, 2009. Formica is the sixth commanding general of CSTC-A, which was established in May 2002 by renaming the U.S. Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan.
In partnership with the Government of Afghanistan
, and some other non-NATO partners such as Australia and New Zealand, CSTC-A plans, programs and... Read More