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A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier scans for insurgents during an engagement on 10 April 2007, in the Sangin District area of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Love).

The Afghan War order of battle is the disposition and structure of military forces in the ongoing War in Afghanistan. This article lists deployed units under the command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which controls both combat and reconstruction operations (often led by the Provincial Reconstruction Teams). ISAF comprises units from many nations. In this article, units are assumed to be from the United States unless otherwise stated. This list is current as of April 2012.

This list covers current coalition forces in Afghanistan. See the article Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan: Allies for coalition support for Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2001 to 2003.

For coalition forces involved in NATO combat operations in the past, see the articles Coalition combat operations in Afghanistan in 2006, Coalition combat operations in Afghanistan in 2007, and Coalition combat operations in Afghanistan in 2008. See also article International Security Assistance Force.

International Security Assistance Force[edit | edit source]

The overall command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force starts from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe at Casteau, Belgium. The overall command is vested in Joint Force Command Brunssum at Brunssum in the Netherlands, then the Commander ISAF (COMISAF). The current COMISAF is General John R. Allen (USMC), at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul.

There are three subordinate commands under COMISAF: the Intermediate Joint Command, which controls the tactical battle along the lines of on the lines of Multi-National Corps Iraq; the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, which trains the Afghan National Army; and Special Operations Forces.

The Intermediate Joint Command in turn controls the regional commands, roughly analogous to divisions. There are six regional commands: Capital (at Kabul), South, Southwest, North, East, and West. Each regional command has a headquarters to provide command and control and logistics support for its area of responsibility, and comprises both combat units and Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).

Overall ISAF structure.

Regional Command Capital[edit | edit source]

Combat units[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
1st Battalion Motorized Task Force (Turkey) Camp Dogan, Kabul Responsible for Kabul Province.
2nd Battalion Motorized Task Force (Turkey) Camp Gazi, Kabul Responsible for Kabul Province.

Provincial Reconstruction Teams[edit | edit source]

Regional Command Capital has no Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

Regional Command South[edit | edit source]

Combat units[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
76th Brigade Combat Team
Combined Team Uruzgan
8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Mentoring Task Force 4)[1] Camp Holland, Tarin Kowt Responsible for Orūzgān Province.
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
(Task Force Arrowhead)
1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
300th Infantry Battalion (Romania)
495th Infantry Battalion (Romania)
FOB Lagman, Qalat Responsible for Zabul Province
1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
(Task Force Arctic Wolves)
5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment
Kandahar Airfield Responsible for Daman, Dand, Panjwaye, and Shah Wali Kot Districts
15px 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
(Task Force Fury)
5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment
FOB Pasab Responsible for Maywand and Zhari Districts.
15px 159th Combat Aviation Brigade
(Task Force Thunder)
4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment
7th Battalion, 17th Aviation Regiment
3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Kandahar Airfield Aviation support for Regional Command South.
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
(Task Force Warhorse)
385th Military Police Battalion
2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment
1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
1st Squadron, 67th Armor Regiment
3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment
Camp Nathan Smith Responsible for Kandahar City and Arghandab District.
15px 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
(Task Force Viper)
2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment FOB Spin Boldak Responsible for Spin Boldak District.

Provincial Reconstruction Teams[edit | edit source]

Designation Composition Headquarters Sponsors
PRT Kandahar Kandahar Lead nation: USA
PRT Uruzgan Tarin Kowt Lead nation: Australia
PRT Zabul Qalat Lead nation: USA
Supporting nations: Romania
UK

Regional Command Southwest[edit | edit source]

Combat units[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
15px 20 Armoured Brigade (United Kingdom)
(Task Force Helmand)
1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards
2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment
3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland
Danish Team 13
2nd Battalion, Rifles
5th Battalion, Rifles
35 Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers
1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Queen's Royal Hussars
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment
Camp Lashkar Gah Conducts ground operations in central Helmand Province.
15px 1st Marine Division
(Task Force Leatherneck)
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
3rd Combat Engineer Battalion
2nd Battalion 11th Marines
Camp Leatherneck Conducts ground operations in Helmand and Nimruz Provinces.
15px Regimental Combat Team 5
(Task Force Leatherneck)
3rd Battalion 3rd Marines
2nd Battalion 6th Marines
2nd Battalion 9th Marines
Camp Dwyer, Garmsir Responsible for southern Helmand Province.
15px Regimental Combat Team 6
(Task Force Leatherneck)
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines
1st Battalion, 8th Marines
3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
31st Light Infantry Battalion
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
FOB Delaram II Responsible for northern Helmand Province and part of Nimruz Province.
15px 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
(Task Force Leatherneck)
Marine Attack Squadron 223
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365
Marine UAV Squadron 1
Camp Leatherneck Aviation support in Helmand and Nimruz Provinces.
Joint Aviation Group (United Kingdom) Joint Helicopter Force Afghanistan
No. 617 Squadron RAF
No. 39 Squadron RAF
Camp Leatherneck Headquarters for British aviation units.

Provincial Reconstruction Teams[edit | edit source]

Designation Composition Headquarters Sponsors
PRT Helmand Lashkar Gah Lead nation: UK

Regional Command East[edit | edit source]

Combat units[edit | edit source]

Provincial Reconstruction Teams[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
15px 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
(Task Force Blackhawk)
2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment
3rd Squadron, 66th Armor Regiment
1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment
9th Engineer Battalion
FOB Sharana Responsible for Paktika Province.
15px 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
(Task Force Warrior)
3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment
1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment
Jalalabad Airfield Responsible for Nangarhar, Laghman, Nuristan, and Kunar Provinces.
15px 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
(Task Force Devil)
2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment
FOB Warrior, Gelan District Responsible for southern Ghazni Province.
15px 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
(Task Force Bulldog)
1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment
1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment
4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment
Task Force 222 (Jordan)
FOB Shank, Logar Responsible for Logar and Wardak Provinces.
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
(Task Force Poseidon)
1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment
2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment
3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment
1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment
Task Force ODIN-A III
Bagram Airfield Provides aviation support for eastern Afghanistan.
4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment
FOB Salerno, Khost Responsible for Khost and Paktia Provinces.
1st Mechanized Brigade (Task Force La Fayette, France)[2] Task Force Mousquetaire

27th Mountain Infantry Battalion
FOB Nijrab, Kapisa Responsible for Kapisa Province and Surobi District of Kabul Province.
20px 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
(Task Force Thunderbird)
1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment (United States) Bagram Airfield Responsible for Laghman, Panjshir, Parwan, and western Nuristan Provinces.
17th Mechanized Brigade (Task Force White Eagle, Poland) Battle Group Alpha (Poland)
Battle Group Bravo (Poland)
1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
FOB Andar Responsible for Ghazni Province.
ISAF SOF TF-49 JW Grom soldiers

TF-50 JW Komandosów soldiers


FOB Warrior, FOB Ghazni, FOB Rushmore
Responsible for Ghazni Province

Responsible for Ghazni Province, Paktika Province.
Designation Composition Headquarters Sponsors
15 px PRT Logar 200 military personnel
10 civilians
FOB Shank Lead nation: Czech Republic[3]
PRT Ghazni Lead nation: Poland
Supporting nation: USA
New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team Bamiyan, Bamiyan Province Lead nation: New Zealand
PRT Kapisa Lead nation: USA
Supporting nation: France
PRT Parwan Lead nation: South Korea
PRT Wardak Lead nation: Turkey
PRT Panjshir Lead nation: USA
PRT Paktika Lead nation: USA
PRT Mehtar Lam Lead nation: USA
PRT Khost FOB Salerno Lead nation: USA
PRT Nangahar Jalalabad Lead nation: USA
PRT Patkia Gardez Lead nation: USA
PRT Kunar Asadabad Lead nation: USA
PRT Nuristan Lead nation: USA

Regional Command North[edit | edit source]

Combat units[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
Task Force Kunduz (Germany) FOB Kunduz Operating in eastern Regional Command North.
Jaeger Battalion 292
(Task Force Mazar-e-Sharif)
Camp Marmal Operating in western Regional Command North.
Expeditionary Air Wing Mazar-e-Sharif (Germany) Camp Marmal Aviation support for northern Afghanistan.
15px 37th Brigade Combat Team
(Task Force Dragon)
2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 84th Field Artillery Regiment
40th Engineer Battalion
Camp Mike Spann, Mazar-e-Sharif Operating in Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab and Kunduz Provinces.
15px 1st Air Cavalry Brigade
(Task Force Warrior)
2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment Camp Marmal Providing aviation support for northern Afghanistan.

Provincial Reconstruction Teams[edit | edit source]

Designation Composition Headquarters Sponsors
PRT Kunduz Lead nation: Germany
Supporting nations: Armenia
Belgium
USA
PRT Mazar-i-Sharif Lead nations: Finland and Sweden
Supporting nations: USA
PRT Meymaneh Lead nation: Norway
Supporting nations: Latvia
Macedonia
USA
PRT Pul-e Khumri Lead nation: Hungary
Supporting nations: Albania
Croatia
Montenegro
PRT Faizabad Lead nation: Germany
Supporting nations: Mongolia
USA

Regional Command West[4][edit | edit source]

Combat units[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
Task Force Badghis (Spain) Qala-e-Naw Operating in Badghis Province.
15px 82nd "Torino" Infantry Regiment, Italy
(Task Force Center)
Camp La Marmora, Shindand Operating in southern Herat Province.
15px 21st Engineer Regiment, Italy
(Task Force Genio)
Herat Engineer support for western Afghanistan.
15px 19th "Guide" Cavalry Regiment, Italy
(Task Force South)
Camp El Alamein, Farah Operating in western Farah Province.
15px 1st Bersaglieri Regiment, Italy
(Task Force Southeast)
Camp Lavaredo, Bakwa District Operating in eastern Farah Province.
15px 1st "Antares" Aviation Regiment, Italy
(Task Force Fenice)
Herat Airfield Providing aviation support for western Afghanistan.
15px 8th Bersaglieri Regiment, Italy Unidentified location.
15px 8th "Pasubio" Field Artillery Regiment Unidentified location.
3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment Camp Stone, Herat Operating in western Afghanistan.
3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment
(Task Force Spearhead)
Shindand Air Base Aviation support for western Afghanistan.

Provincial Reconstruction Teams[edit | edit source]

Unit Sub-units Headquarters Tasking
PRT Herat Lead nation: Italy
PRT Farah Lead nation: USA
PRT Qal'ah-ye Now Lead nation: Spain
PRT Chagcharan Lead nation: Lithuania

U.S.-led Coalition[edit | edit source]

The overall command of the U.S.-led coalition effort in Afghanistan—known as Operation Enduring Freedom—Afghanistan—is headquartered at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, which reports to United States Central Command. OEF-Afghanistan's two major commands are Combined Joint Task Force 101, and the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A).[5] With the Stage IV transition of authority to ISAF, the status of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade/Task Force Falcon, which handles all the helicopter combat aviation duties in Afghanistan, is uncertain, along with the exact status of Combined Task Force Sword, the engineer task force, and the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. It is unclear exactly what units are assigned to OEF-Afghanistan, but the operation is in charge of counter-terrorist operations, including pursuing al Qaeda along Afghanistan’s inhospitable border region with Pakistan.[6]

Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A)

  • This command is responsible for training the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police through its headquarters and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Phoenix.[7] CSTC-A is responsible for mentoring the ministries of defense and interior, while CJTF Phoenix is responsible for mentoring Afghan National Army corps and below and Afghan National Police districts and below. CJTF Phoenix is headquartered by the 33rd Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, which relieved the 27th Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard in late 2008, which relieved the 218th Brigade Combat Team, South Carolina Army National Guard in early 2008. The rest of the task force is made up of National Guard and Reserve personnel from 42 states, Marine Corps reservists, active duty representatives from the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, and soldiers assigned from France, Germany, Romania, Canada, New Zealand, Mongolia, and the United Kingdom.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mentoring Task Force-Three Heading Home". Australian Department of Defense. 27 January 2012. http://news.defence.gov.au/2012/01/27/mentoring-task-force%E2%80%933-heading-home/. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. Hervé Chabaud (15 November 2011). "Afghanistan : un 76e soldat français tué en Kapisa". L'Union. http://www.lunion.presse.fr/article/francemonde/afghanistan-un-76e-soldat-francais-tue-en-kapisa. Retrieved 14 December 2011.  Template:Fr icon
  3. ISAF - Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar
  4. For more on Regional Command West, see "The Italian Job". Jane's Defence Weekly. (5 November 2008) and the Jane's Interview, same issue.
  5. United States Central Command, CSTC-A Official Website
  6. Securing Afghanistan
  7. Florida Army National Guard, Task Force Phoenix

External links[edit | edit source]

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