• Army Spc. Daniel Phillips, a combat medical technician from 2nd Platoon, Battery Company, 1-84th Field Artillery, Task Force 3-4 Infantry from Baumholder, Germany, takes notes during the concept of operations briefing before convoying to Gardez,

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    Army Spc. Daniel Phillips, a combat medical technician from 2nd Platoon, Battery Company, 1-84th Field Artillery, Task Force 3-4 Infantry from Baumholder, Germany, takes notes during the concept of operations briefing before convoying to Gardez,

  • Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, speaks with the team of Afghan National Army advisers at the 1st Forward Supply Depot in Gardez during a battlefield circulation May 8.

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    Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, speaks with the team of Afghan National Army advisers at the 1st Forward Supply Depot in Gardez during a battlefield circulation May 8.

  • Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, looks at a fleet of Afghan National Army vehicles during a battlefield circulation visit to Regional Military Training Center-Gardez May 8.

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    Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, looks at a fleet of Afghan National Army vehicles during a battlefield circulation visit to Regional Military Training Center-Gardez May 8.

  • Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, discusses 1st Forward Supply Depot operations with Afghan National Army Col. Basir Blooch, 1st FSD commander, during a battlefield circulation visit to Gardez, Afghanistan May 8.

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    Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, discusses 1st Forward Supply Depot operations with Afghan National Army Col. Basir Blooch, 1st FSD commander, during a battlefield circulation visit to Gardez, Afghanistan May 8.

  • Afghan National Army Col. Malang Shah Chamcanai, Regional Military Training Center-Gardez commander, speaks with Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, about ANA training progressions during a battlefield circulation

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    Afghan National Army Col. Malang Shah Chamcanai, Regional Military Training Center-Gardez commander, speaks with Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, about ANA training progressions during a battlefield circulation

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, completed a battlefield circulation visit to Gardez, Afghanistan on May 8 to visit Afghan National Army enabler facilities and forward deployed team members in the area.

Metternich, accompanied by Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Sluga, RSC-East ANA team chief, Army Sgt. Maj. Robert Hixson, RSC-East sergeant major, visited Regional Military Training Center Gardez, 1st Forward Supply Depot, the Paktya Regional Military Hospital and Forward Operating Base Lightning during the "BFC."

"The primary function of RSC-East is to help build Afghan National Security Forces capable of securing Afghanistan's future," said Metternich. "It is important that we visit sites throughout RSC-East to get a first-hand, first-person perspective on the how we are progressing."

Metternich completed key-leadership-engagements with ANA Col. Basir Blooch, 1st FSD commander and ANA Col. Malang Shah Chamcanai, RMTC Gardez commander, to get their perspective on the progress at their locations and also gain some insight on the different challenges to operations.

As expected, every site had challenges but there were no major issues interfering with the progressions of training.

The RTMC had concerns about fuel; the FSD had issues turning in outdated items and the hospital was in need of equipment parts. Overall, each of the sites we're enthusiastic about the assistance being provided by RSC-East.

"The mentors have really helped us with our processes, training, literacy, and in every aspect of our mission from security to warehousing," said Blooch. "We are truly pleased with their efforts and willingness to help us build a stable and secure Afghanistan."

Assisting a country in its efforts to build a security force capable of providing the safety and security for its people has presented challenges, but members of RSC-East confront and find solutions to challenges on a daily basis.

"We realize as we overcome one challenge there will be more to follow," said Sluga. "But we are here to advise and assist our ANA counterparts as they work to build a sustainable force. We stand shoulder to shoulder conquering one challenge after another."

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