SAFB coming to Fort Hood

Posted: 2:01 PM, May 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-18 19:11:10Z
SAFB coming to Fort Hood

The Department of the Army said the stationing of 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) will be coming to Fort Hood. 

SFAB's are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise and assist operations with allied and partner nations. 

The 4th SFAB is at Fort Carson in Colorado and the 5th SFAB is at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. 

"Security Force Assistance Brigades are a critical addition to our Army, and they will be increasingly called upon to deploy throughout the world to serve as combat advisers in support of theater security objectives," III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II said. 

The decision to station the SFABs at these three posts was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs.

SFAB Soldiers are screened based on qualifications and experience and are among the most highly trained tactical leaders in the Army.

SFAB Soldiers receive special training through the Military Advisor Training Academy to include language, foreign weapons, and the Joint Fires Observer course.

Commanders and leaders in the SFAB will have previously commanded and led similar BCT units at the same echelon.

The Army is also establishing a command element within U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the intent to conduct training and readiness oversight of the SFABs.

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