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Tillis & Burr Support Army’s Decision to Place Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg

Sen. Thom Tillis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Department of the Army’s recent announcement that the second of six Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) will be activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in January 2018. SFABs are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allies and partners.

The Army stated the decision to station the second SFAB at Fort Bragg was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs.

“Fort Bragg is the tip of the spear for the U.S. military and continues to be one of the most important military installations in the world,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “The Army’s decision to place the second Security Force Assistance Brigade at Ft. Bragg is a testament of its role in protecting our nation and its allies, and I’m proud that 800 senior officers will join the ranks of the brave men and women already stationed there.”

“I’m pleased the U.S. Army has chosen Fort Bragg as the home of the second of six new Security Force Assistance Brigades,” said Senator Richard Burr. “The installation has the existing resources and expertise to facilitate the Brigade’s future success in its mission. North Carolina is home to over a million active duty service members and veterans. Some of the best and bravest serve our country at Fort Bragg, and we’re proud they call North Carolina home.”

Background:

SFABs are designed on the brigade combat team (BCT) model and consist of approximately 800 senior and noncommissioned officers who have proven expertise in training and advising foreign security forces.

Soldiers in the SFAB are screened based on qualifications and experience. The unit will receive the best, most advanced military equipment available. SFAB soldiers receive special training through the Military Advisor Training Academy to include language, foreign weapons and the Joint Fires Observer course.

Commanders and leaders in the SFAB will have previously commanded and led similar BCT units at the same echelon. Enlisted advisors will hold the rank of sergeant and above. The Army is starting to formalize policies and regulations that will help SFAB soldiers with promotion rates and boards, selection boards, and special pay.

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