The commander and command sergeant major for United States Army Forces Command visited the National Training Center in California during a rotation for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Nov. 4-5.

General Daniel Allyn and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Greca made a trip from their headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C., to meet with NTC commander Brig. Gen. Ted Martin and to be briefed by leadership of the 4-4th ID at forward operating base Denver in the training area of the NTC.

The visit to the field included a meeting at a tactical operations center for the "Mountain Warriors" brigade, which hails from Fort Carson, Colo. The unit is conducting Security Force Assistance Brigade training in preparation for a deployment to Afghanistan in support of the Security Force Advise and Assist Team mission.

From a June 2013 news article, U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh stated that the SFAAT mission is the principal focus in Afghanistan. An SFAAT matches U.S. military skills with Afghan needs to guide the Afghan National Army to a state of self-sufficiency.

"Very young Soldiers and young officers and NCO's are doing incredible work and doing it well as they train our Afghan partners," McHugh said in that article.

Soldiers from SFAB's have an advisory, assist and support role in relation to the Afghan National Security Forces and a diminished combat role. They provide enabling support to the ANSF in addition to intelligence, base support, logistical, force protection, close air support, MEDEVAC, and other support to the SFAAT's that advise the ANSF.

As the largest Army command, FORSCOM prepares conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power to combatant commanders in defense of the Nation at home and abroad. As one of the Army's three combat training centers, the NTC facilitates force-on-force and live-fire training for ground and aviation brigades in a joint scenario across the spectrum of conflict, using a live-virtual-constructive training model, as portrayed by a highly lethal and capable Opposing Force and controlled by an expert and experienced Operations Group. The brigade and its joint partners use the full complement of its combat, combat support and combat service support systems in an expanded NTC maneuver area that has multiple urban operations sites and portrays the complexity and human dimension of the modern battlefield.