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Afghanistan Celebrates Opening of Command and General Staff College

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2006 – The Afghan Command and General Staff College held a ceremony Oct. 28 marking the start of the first class to attend the school, which teaches generals in the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army.

“Over the next six months, you will participate in the first ever senior Command and Staff College offered by the Afghan National Army,” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin, commander of Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, told the first class of students. “You will increase your effectiveness by improving your knowledge about the art and science of leadership and command.”

The course is modeled after the U.S. Army and NATO command and general staff colleges.

Afghan Col. Mohammad Yaqub, an instructor at the Command and General Staff College, explained that general officers from the police and army will learn strategic thinking, interagency cooperation and overall contingency planning.

“Throughout the six months, officers, ambassadors and strategic experts will speak to the students explaining how to think about the big picture,” Yaqub said. “They will learn how to use every resource available to them and how to request additional assets from allies if the need arises.”

Durbin added, “This course of instruction will allow the Afghan National Army and Police the opportunity to see how they fit into the international political and military environment and how to effectively integrate non-governmental organizations and media with the full spectrum of military operations, from humanitarian relief to counterinsurgency.”

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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