IJC worked with all its partners, particularly the ANSF, to build success at the grass roots level. These combined efforts set the stage for larger successes allowing the ANSF to take the lead in securing their nation.
The ANSF were the primary element enabling the Afghan population to participate in national elections, resulting in the first peaceful transfer of power in the nation’s history.
Examples of ANSF progress were easy to see as a variety of Afghan Air Force aircraft including C-208s, PC-9s, a C-130, and Mi-17s departed the airfield on regularly-scheduled flights during the ceremony. Afghanistan’s air power capabilities were non-existent a decade earlier; now the AAF operates a fleet of over 100 fixed and rotary aircraft with more on the way.
As IJC stands down, its Regional Commands have already been replaced with Train-Advise-Assist Commands, which focus on ensuring the gains made by the ANSF are sustainable and lasting.
The Train-Advise-Assist method of operations will become the central focus as ISAF continues its scheduled transition to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission next year.
"Today, IJC will be subsumed into a coalition that is soon downsizing to about 13,000 personnel," said Gen. John F. Campbell, Commander ISAF. "This is a historic transformation and reflects the progress that our coalition has made with our Afghan partners. As the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have become increasingly capable, we shift our focus from combat operations to building (ANSF) systems and processes to ensure long term sustainability.”
Additionally, Resolute Support signals the international community’s continued support and commitment for the success and stability of a sovereign Afghanistan.
Story by Capt. Frank Hartnett, USAF
ISAF HQ Public Affairs Office