Making a difference: ANA 215th Corps command team lead the way
On a recent visit to the Resolute
Support Mission, the Allied Command Operations command team had the opportunity
to view firsthand the significant contributions the senior leadership of the
215th Corps of the Afghan National Army have had on their soldiers morale,
welfare and overall well-being.
Representing the ACO command team
Gen. Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Command Sgt. Maj.
Davor Petek, Allied Command Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader, spent
some time at the 215th Corps Headquarters to see why the corps has become the
model for the ANA.
Gen. Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Command Sgt. Maj. Davor Petek, Allied Command Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader, pose for a photo with the senior leadership of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
"After hearing incredibly
positive stories about the 215th Corps we had the wonderful opportunity to
visit them and meet with the newly appointed command team who are reenergizing
the ANA effort in Helmand,” said Breedlove. "The commanding general, Maj.
Gen. Moeen has shown great trust and confidence in his command sergeant major
and has truly empowered him to help the NCO’s underneath him reach their full
Only three weeks on the job, Command Sgt. Maj. Wali has
already gained the respect of the enlisted members of the corps and has shown
to be a vital part of the command team working in conjunction with Maj. Gen.
Moeen to ensure high standards and practices are in place.
"One of their biggest accomplishments
has been the formal implementation of a number of policies that the CSM has
passionately pushed to senior leadership,” said Petek. "Earlier this
month, the 215th Corps commander approved an NCO training plan, promotion and
"By doing so, he firmly
demonstrated much needed support for the enlisted soldiers,” he added.
Not stopping there, the 215th ANA
Corps leadership is forging ahead and is currently looking at their killed in
action, missing in action and wounded warrior policies.
"The importance of what happens
after a soldier is wounded or killed during combat is incredibly important for
morale and welfare,” said Petek. "CSM Wali has visited numerous wounded
warriors to get a sense of what happens after they are wounded and what the
corps does for them.
"He has made it a priority to
ensure that each and every wounded soldier gets proper medical treatment, every
soldier who dies in combat gets the proper honors they deserve and every
soldier MIA is identified and accounted for,” said the sergeant major.
Continuing to improve troop morale,
welfare and well-being will be an ongoing process for the leadership of the
215th ANA Corps, but will firmly put them in the position to be effective and
efficient in their fight to establish a secure and stable nation.
"The Command Sergeant Major of
the 215th Corps put it well when he told me, "Give us the help we need- we
have the fight,” said Breedlove.
Beyond the training, advice and
assistance mission, Allies and partner countries are committed to the broader
international community’s support for the long-term financial sustainment of
the Afghan security forces.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office