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Ft. Benning soldiers to deploy as security element

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Soldiers from Fort Benning have been selected to serve as the security force element on a task force.

The soldiers will serve as part of the first Security Force Assistance Brigade during an Afghanistan deployment in spring 2018.

"I am incredibly proud of the Soldiers selected for this important mission," said Lt. Col. David Conner, the Task Force commander. "This mission is a priority for our Army and we're humbled to be a part of it. Col. Jackson and the 1st SFAB are great teammates and have fully integrated our Soldiers into their teams."

The task force completed a training program over several months which culminated in a mission readiness exercise alongside combat advisors at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

"Dave's team did an outstanding job to prepare for this mission. They trained to develop their individual and collective tactical skills and are contributing proficient and professional teams to this critically important mission," said Col. Scott Jackson, 1st SFAB's commander. "The additional security force element will enable our advisors to focus on advising because they will have the confidence of knowing they are being secured by their 1-28 IN teammates. All in all, this results in a much better experience for the advisors and their Afghan partners."

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