• Capt. Maritzabel Mustafaa, a 3rd Cavalry Regiment Security Advisory and Assistance Force member, who works with the Afghan National Army 203rd Thunder Corps helps an Afghan soldier prepare an Afghan flag for the Transfer of Authority ceremony for the 3d Cav. Regt. July 19, 2014. The 3d Cav. Regt. took over control of Train, Advise, Assist Command-Southeast from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Erik Warren, 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs) (Released)

    Brave Rifles: here to help

    Capt. Maritzabel Mustafaa, a 3rd Cavalry Regiment Security Advisory and Assistance Force member, who works with the Afghan National Army 203rd Thunder Corps helps an Afghan soldier prepare an Afghan flag for the Transfer of Authority ceremony for the...

  • Col. Cameron Cantlon, 75th commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, and Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Heinze, 3rd Cav. Regt. command sergeant major, uncase the Regiment's colors showing that it is now operating in Train, Advise, Assist Command-Southeast July 19, 2014, at the Transfer of Authority ceremony held at the Afghan National Army 203rd Thunder Corps. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Erik Warren, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs) (Released)

    Brave Rifles: here to help

    Col. Cameron Cantlon, 75th commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, and Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Heinze, 3rd Cav. Regt. command sergeant major, uncase the Regiment's colors showing that it is now operating in Train, Advise, Assist Command-Southeast July...

  • Col. Cameron Cantlon, 75th commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, speaks to an audience of Afghan Security Force and NATO soldiers at a Transfer of Authority ceremony July 19, 2014, held at the Afghan National Army 203rd Thunder Corps. The 3rd Cav. Regt. has taken over Train, Advise, Assist Command-Southeast from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Erik Warren, 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs) (Released)

    Brave Rifles: here to help

    Col. Cameron Cantlon, 75th commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, speaks to an audience of Afghan Security Force and NATO soldiers at a Transfer of Authority ceremony July 19, 2014, held at the Afghan National Army 203rd Thunder Corps. The 3rd Cav...

PAKTIYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The week has been full of ceremonies where the smaller squadrons have relieved the 10th Mountain Brigade.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment has arrived in Afghanistan and replaced the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), in Regional Command-East, Afghanistan, and has been tasked with the responsibility to train, advice and assist the Afghan National Security Forces and NATO base closures within its area of operation.

On July 18, 2014, Col. Cameron Cantlon, 3d Cav. Regt. commander, took responsibility of Train, Advise, Assist Command-Southeast from Col. Samuel Whitehurst, 3rd BCT's comander. The "Brave Rifles" will occupy five forward operating bases spread across eastern Afghanistan.

Sabre, Thunder, Steel and Muleskinner squadrons have all replaced a brigade as they take on the role of advising the Afghan National Army and preparing to close out the NATO presence in this part of Afghanistan.

The mission of advising the Afghan National Security Forces, government and local officials, as NATO forces return to zero, falls on the regiment of "Brave Rifles." The troopers have a moto of "fight where it's told and wins, with honor, where it fights." They will win this fight by readying the Afghans to be self-sufficient, said Capt. Andrew Hummel, regimental day Battle Captain.

"I thank the 203rd Corps for hosting this event," said Cantlon. "It sets a precedent that we will never forget, the friendship and all the Afghans National Security Forces. The five provinces we are living in have a rich history and it is an honor to serve with the Afghan National Army and amongst the people from this area."

RC-East is a mountainous region that shares its eastern border with Pakistan. The arid land includes the provinces of Ghazni, Khost, Logar, Paktica, Paktiya and Wardak that the more than 2,000 troopers will operate.

The troopers of 3d Cav. Regt. have prepared for this critical mission over many months by conducting training at Fort Hood, Texas, by attending the Security Force Assistance Academy in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and by its tour at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. While at NTC, the Security Force Advise and Assist Teams honed their skills of interacting and advising with ANA role-players in scenarios they might experience in Afghanistan during their deployment.

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