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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Today's Focus:

Police/Operational Mentor Liaison Teams

Senior Leaders are Saying

"Know the standard, set the standard, enforce the standard. You do those and this Army will be fine."

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, during his visit to Camp Liberty, lraq, June 24, 2011, while discussing the Army's future emphasized that despite any changes, knowing and enforcing the standards will mean continued success for the Army.

SMA talks sexual assault, downsizing in Iraq

What They're Saying

"Victims feel like they must have done something to trigger the crime. The community might not understand that it affects someone’s life forever ... I tell them that they may be a victim, but they still have rights."

- Maj. Paula Rodriguez, property management officer-in-charge for the 36th Infantry Division, passionately volunteers her time by advising victims on various programs offered by SafePlace in Austin, Texas, a crisis center for the victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Finding a safe place: Soldier volunteers to help victims of sexual assault

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

June:
National Safety Month

July:
July 1: Anniversary of The Battle of Gettysburg

July 4: Independence Day: Visit Season of Remembrance website

July 12 & 13: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry

July 27: Walter Reed cases colors

Today's Focus

U.S. Army Europe supports Police/Operational Mentor Liaison Teams

What is it?

A Mentor Liaison Team is a multidisciplinary group of experienced North Atlantic Treaty Organization-International Security Assistance Force (NATO-ISAF) Soldiers embedded with a specific unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) to provide training, mentorship and liaison services. More than 85 percent of the nations that have contributed or have pledged to contribute to the program come from U.S. Army Europe’s area of responsibility. These contributions can be police or operational, also known as POMLTs and OMLTs, which serve as a liaison capability between ANA and ISAF forces, coordinating the planning of operations and ensuring that the ANA units receive necessary enabling support (including close air support, casualty evacuation and medical evacuation). P/OMLTs are comprised of 13-30 personnel (depending on the type and function of the ANA unit with which it is partnered) from one or several countries. Each P/OMLT is normally deployed with an Afghan unit for a minimum period of six months.

What has the Army done?

Currently, there are about 80 OMLTs and 36 POMLTs supporting operations in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Europe’s partner nations provided 51 percent of these teams. About 1/3 of the OMLTs and POMLTs completed NATO-sponsored phase II training in Hohenfels, Germany. U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Training Center trained over 4,800 Soldiers during the first two quarters of FY11. Currently, National Guard State Partnerships provide co-deploying OMLTs and POMLTs. Eight National Guard states: Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and New Jersey, support OMLTs and POMLTs with their partners in Europe. With this co-deployment program, the United States provided 185 U.S. personnel who joined with allies for a total contribution of 4,200 to the fight in Afghanistan during FY10.

What continued efforts does the OMLT have planned for the future?

Recently, the first Co-Deploying Police Operational Mentor Liaison Team established a footprint in Afghanistan. Led by the Lithuanian Armed Forces and augmented by members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the POMLT took its first steps to achieving its goal of a self-sustaining Afghan National Police. U.S. Army Europe continues to support European partner nations with OMLT and POMLT operations and train OMLTs and POMLTs at JMTC with one rotation per quarter in support of operations in Afghanistan. During FY11, the co-deployment program is expected to increase to 209 U.S. personnel joining with allies for a total expected in excess of 4500 personnel. The co-deployment rotations have increased from 10 in FY10 to 17 rotations in FY11. This not only strengthens the relationship between paired states and countries, it helps build partnership capacity.

Why is this important to the Army?

OMLTs and POMLTs are an important part of the contribution towards the development of the Afghanistan National Security Forces. More allied participation and increased capability of the Afghan Security Forces reduces the number of forces needed, both from the United States and NATO, giving the U.S. and other NATO member nations more flexibility. Ultimately this helps the U.S. Army restore balance.

Resources:

NATO OMLT Fact Sheet

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