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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 General Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Command Sergeant Major 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. 
 
"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, Major General 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 potential.”
 
Only three weeks on the job, Command Sergeant Major 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 Major General Moeen to ensure high standards and practices are in place. 
 

General Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek, Allied Command Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader, meets with senior leadership of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

"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 assignment standards.
 
"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

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