The Dog Teams of Regional Command – West, Afghanistan
Sergeant First Class Gregg Bockelman was kind enough to allow me to use them. Gregg is the Military Working Dog Program Manager for United States Forces- Afghanistan, Regional Command West. We served together at Fort Bragg, North Carolina many moons ago.
So what is Regional Command West? Well I took this directly from Wiklipedia…..
Regional Command West (RC West) is a multinational military formation, part of the International Security Assistance Force involved in the war in Afghanistan. It is tasked with controlling Herat Province, Farah Province, Badghis Province and Ghor Province, which have a population of about 3,156,000 people. Currently, the formation is led by Italy.
- PRT Herat — located in Herat, Herat Province and led by Italy. This is currently the command and control (C2) headquarters and the forward support base for the formation
- PRT Chaghcharan — located in Chaghcharan, Ghor and led by Lithuania
- PRT Farah — located in Farah, Farah Province and led by the United States
- PRT Qala-e Naw — located in Qala-e Naw, Badghis and led by Spain
When I was in Afghanistan, 2010-2011, I spent some time in the west. What I found interesting about this Italian/ Spanish led command was the fabulous pizza parlors and the taunting shelves of liquor. Most of you know that U.S. Soldiers must abide by General Order #1 while in Afghanistan. That order says so alcohol. So it was just really funny for me to see shelves and shelves of liquor while deployed!
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