BAGRAM, Afghan. - Soldiers from Dagger Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and NATO allies conducted and completed their first Expeditionary Advisory Package mission in northwest Afghanistan recently.

Dagger Co. provided security to NATO allies as they advised Afghan National Defense Security Forces on their efforts against the Taliban and other insurgent organizations.

The EAP was the first real world mission for Dagger Soldiers and leaders, testing the skills and knowledge gained over an extensive pre-deployment training cycle.

For 11 days, the Soldiers of first, third and headquarters platoons conducted security support for a contingent of over 150 American Soldiers and NATO allies from Germany, Sweden, and Luxembourg.

"The security element from Dagger Company was really essential to our mission; it allowed us to employ the counter fire radar rapidly and safely," said Spc. Marlon Brown, a radar specialist assigned to 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. "I look forward to supporting Dagger Company and our NATO Allies again on future missions."

According to NATO and American military advisors, the security provided by Dagger Soldiers enabled them to successfully guide and assist officers of the Afghan National Army, as well as civilian leaders of the region.

For many leaders in Dagger Co. the best part of working with other forces is learning new skills.

"We [Dagger Company leadership] learned a lot of supply management, planning for extended operations, and coordinating with NATO allies," said 1LT Creighton Monson, Fire Support Officer, Dagger Co., 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT. "We are currently revamping our supply management and preparing ourselves as a company to successfully accomplish future EAPs."