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Canadian officer takes command of Army collective training centre in Kabul

In a ceremonial transfer of command authority held at Camp Blackhorse on the eastern edge of Kabul, Colonel Rory Radford of the Canadian Forces assumed command of the Consolidated Fielding Centre (CFC) on 3 July 2011. Supported by the NATO Training Mission?Afghanistan, the CFC is a one-of-a-kind facility that prepares formed units of the Afghan National Army for integration into a corps.
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Col Rory Radford, the incoming commandant of the Consolidated Fielding Centre at Camp Blackhorse, addresses the troops on parade for the formal
transfer of command authority.


Kabul, Afghanistan — In a ceremonial transfer of command authority held at Camp Blackhorse on the eastern edge of Kabul, Colonel Rory Radford of the Canadian Forces assumed command of the Consolidated Fielding Centre (CFC) on 3 July 2011.

Supported by the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan (NTM-A), the CFC is a one-of-a-kind facility that prepares formed units of the Afghan National Army for integration into a corps. The outgoing commandant, Col Casey Griffith, is an officer of the U.S. Army.

In his address to the Afghan troops and multinational training personnel on parade, Col. Radford said, “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve alongside our NATO allies and Afghan National Army partners here at the Consolidated Fielding Centre. This facility is critical to the long-term security of Afghanistan, and I am looking forward to continuing the excellent work of Col Griffith and our U.S. predecessors.”

The CFC is run by Afghan officers and non-commissioned officers with advice and assistance from NTM-A personnel. As the senior NATO officer at CFC, Col Radford commands more than 400 NATO mentors and training team staff, including 100 Canadian Forces personnel who arrived in early June.

Col Radford is also the advisor to the CFC’s senior Afghan officer, who commands the centre’s ANA training staff and support personnel.

In his farewell address to the troops, Col Griffith thanked the soldiers he commanded for six months. “I am grateful for your dedication, your expertise in your fields, and your hard work that went into the success of the mentoring program at this fielding centre,” he said.

The cornerstone of the fielding program at CFC is a nine-week training program in which ANA units of up to 800 soldiers receive their weapons, vehicles and other operational equipment, and then undergo training and testing in unit-level operations. At the end of the period of collective training, units deploy to join their corps.

A highly-trained, properly equipped and professional ANA is vital to the transition process in which Afghan army and police forces will assume full responsibility for security in Afghanistan by 2014
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