Guam – Two more Soldiers from the Guam Army National Guard Security Forces Advisory Team (SFAT) returned home early this morning, after completing their deployment in Afghanistan. The last team member is slated to return next week.
The team of 13 Soldiers left island in July last year and arrived in Afghanistan in October 2012. They served as part of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s (Hawaii Army National Guard) contingent of 20 SFATs. An SFAT is typically a 12-person team.
The two Soldiers who arrived this morning were Chief Warrant Officer 3 Noel Camaganacan and Sergeant Noel Custodio.
These last three Soldiers returning stayed back to complete other administrative and logistical tasks, as well as assist in the transition of an incoming unit, according to LTC Frank Tominez, SFAT team leader.
The bulk of the team members returned to Guam in late June.
SFATs were tasked with mentoring and teaching their Afghan national partners in the areas of intelligence, communications, fire support, logistics, and infantry tactics. Their overall goal was to help improve security for Afghan civilians by working to train and improve their indigenous security forces. Each SFAT also observed and reported on the abilities of the new security forces. The SFAT Soldiers worked with their Afghan counterparts to develop understanding of the rule of law and human rights.
The Guam SFAT worked with the Afghan National Civil Order Police. The GUARNG SFAT team was one of two Guam Army Guard units mobilized and deployed over the last year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Close to 600 Soldiers from Guam and the CNMI of the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment are currently assigned to various parts of Afghanistan, conducting a variety of security missions.
[Two SFAT members arrived this morning after completing their deployment in Afghanistan. From left: CW3 Noel Camaganacan, SGT Noel Custodio. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by CPT Ken Ola/Released)]