Improving the quality of life of Security Forces

Train, Advise, Assist Command assessments

David Hardin, USACE TAAC Project Manager and TAAC Local National Lead Engineer discuss ongoing assessment of Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police at the Kabul Project Delivery Platform.

David Hardin, USACE TAAC Project Manager and TAAC Local National Lead Engineer discuss ongoing assessment of Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police at the Kabul Project Delivery Platform.

Kabul National Military Hospital Repair, just one of the many quality of life improvements taking place through the collaboration of the Train, Advise, Assist Command assessments and the construction agent, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kabul National Military Hospital Repair, just one of the many quality of life improvements taking place through the collaboration of the Train, Advise, Assist Command assessments and the construction agent, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kabul National Military Hospital Repair, just one of the many quality of life improvements taking place through the collaboration of the Train, Advise, Assist Command assessments and the construction agent, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kabul National Military Hospital Repair, just one of the many quality of life improvements taking place through the collaboration of the Train, Advise, Assist Command assessments and the construction agent, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

One of many security forces structures that are being assessed by the Train, Advise, Assist Command as they work to improve the quality of life for Soldiers in the Country.

One of many security forces structures that are being assessed by the Train, Advise, Assist Command as they work to improve the quality of life for Soldiers in the Country.

As Afghanistan National Army and National Police security forces are in fierce fighting with insurgents to bring peace and prosperity to the region, they need better accommodations in all security bases throughout Afghanistan.

This lack of access to better accommodations and better facilities for the bases were always huge problems for the forces in the past. And then the Train, Advise, and Assist Command (TAAC) assessment teams brought forth their efforts to provide the security forces of Afghanistan access to better quality of life on the bases.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Afghanistan District which continues to deliver important and vital projects to Afghanistan forces has set its goal to deliver vital public and military engineering services, partnering in peace and war to strengthen our nation’s security. “To energize the economy and reduce risk from disaster,’ said TAAC project manager, David Hardin. “But we can’t underestimate that Train, Advise, Assist Command (TAAC), which began its partnership and contributions with USACE in November 2018 and those efforts have contributed to the success of USACE construction projects in Afghanistan, “said Hardin.

TAAC assessment teams, consisting of six teams are currently assessing bases in six zones throughout the country, performing more than 200 assessments, bringing outstanding impact on the quality of life for ANA and ANP soldiers in Afghanistan. Their assessments have also assisted the USACE projects in more timely completion, better quality, and cost effectiveness, as well as improved facilities for the Afghan government.

This partnership has enabled support for Afghan national defense forces and new improved services like power, water, and providing communication throughout the country.

Most of the important assessments which have been performed by TAAC assessments include:

TAAC Capital mission conducting functionally-based security force assistance to train, advise and assist 11th capital division, Kabul city police center, Afghan national civil order police and Afghan border police including the 11th Afghan National Army Corps.

TAAC Capital also facilitates integration into the Kabul Garrison command security construct, in coordination with Kabul Security Forces (KSF), to ensure the Afghan National Defense and security forces conduct intelligence driver, multi-layered security to Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) and coalition bases and Afghan government infrastructure to the next phases of the Resolute Support Mission.

The TAAC North Mission conducts the train, advise, assist mission with the 209th Afghan National Army Corps and the 217th (Pamir) Afghan National Army Corps (formerly the 20th division) including train, advise, assist for the nine provincial police departments and other security forces.  TAAC-N assessment team covers assessments of Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Jowzjan, Kunduz, Samangan, Sar-e-pul and Takhar provinces.

TAAC East mission includes the provinces of Kapisa, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Panjsher and Parwan provinces conducting the train, advise and assist mission with the 201st ANA Corps and 202nd ANP zone.

Task Force South East conducts functionally-based security forces assistance through training, advising, and assisting the 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan National Army, the province police and provincial government to develop sustainable, independent institutional and security strategies for the Afghan people which include the provinces of Paktia, Paktika, Logar, Wardak, Ghazni, Khost and Bamyn.

TAAC South forces in the TAAC-S train, advise and assist the Afghanistan National Defense and security forces through security integration of effects in order to develop long term ANDSF sustainability and posturing of the force including the province of Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul and Daykundi.

Task Force South West conducts the train, advise, and assist mission with the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps and 505th Zone Afghan national police, which include the provinces of Helmand and Nimruz.

TAAC West trains, advises and assists as the Afghan National Army 207th Corps and provincial police headquarters in the province of Badghis, Farah, Ghor and Herat.

“TAAC efforts have contributed to the success of USACE mission in Afghanistan,’ said Mustafa Azizi, Local National TAAC Lead Engineer, as well as the people and government of Afghanistan.”

Overall access to better accommodations, such as access to steady power on the bases, water systems, drainage systems and anything with direct impact on the quality of life of Soldiers here are the achievements’ performed by the many TAAC teams throughout  the country for the Afghanistan Soldiers.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division serves as USACE’s tip of the spear in one of the most dynamic construction environments in the world, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS, BUILDING CAPACITY, and ENHANCING SECURITY for our nation, allies, and partners. 

We SAFELY deliver agile, responsive, and innovative, design, construction, engineering and contingency solutions in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and other global partners to advance national security interests.

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