BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--The largest group of Soldiers to complete the 401st Army Field Support Brigade's Afghan National Army Maintenance Mentorship Program received certificates and coins during a ceremony held here Mar. 3.

Seventeen Afghan Soldiers worked alongside vehicle maintainers and Allied Trades professionals from AFSBn-Bagram, 401st AFSB, for 45 days to increase their skills in vehicle maintenance, welding and painting. Seven vehicle maintainers gained hands-on experience working on the types of vehicles being sold to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under a foreign military sales case being handled by U.S. Army Materiel Command's U.S. Army Security Assistance Command. Ten Soldiers in the Allied Trades programs worked on welding and painting skills. This was the fourth group of Afghan Soldiers to complete the program that began Mar.1, 2011 and is a joint effort of 401st AFSB, 10th Sustainment Brigade, the ANA 201st and 203rd Corps Logistics Kandaks.

Each Soldier received a certificate of completion from Sgt. Maj. Mark E. Phillips, command sergeant major for 10th Sustainment Brigade Troop Battalion, and coins from LT. Col. Peter J. Koch, commander, AFSBn-Bagram, and Command Sgt. Maj. Travis W. Williams, command sergeant major for Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan. Upon receiving their certificates, each Soldier proclaimed "I serve Afghanistan."

The 401st, one of the brigades under Army Sustainment Command, is USAMC's single face to the field and serves as the entry point for integration, synchronization and execution of Combined Joint Operations Area --Afghanistan acquisition, logistics and technology support from the Army Materiel Enterprise.