Editor's Note: This week's submission is part 1 of 2 and was graciously sent to the Waterline by Lt. Cmdr. Ahmed Qureshi, COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team, Kabul, Afghanistan. Check back next week for the 2nd part of his submission!
Another group of Navy Afghan Hands COIN advisors have completed training and arrived in Afghanistan. Cohort 3C, comprised of eight Sailors, six from D.C. and two from Norfolk, arrived safely at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan from Manas Air Base, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on March 29, 2012.
Their arrival was preceded by a lengthy five months training program which culminated with a end of February final exam in Dari and a capstone exercise held at the Defense Language Institute, Washington DC in Rosslyn, Virginia. A total of 14 Dari language students, five of them Navy, took part in the exercise.