NTM-A Commander Commends Guam Troops

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Guam – In a recent message to the leadership of Task Force Guam, the commanding general of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan thanked and commended the island warriors for their hard work and positive attitude throughout their tour, traits which he said sets them apart from many military units.

“I would like to personally thank you and the entire Task Force Guam team here on Camp Eggers for stepping up and taking on additional work.  Your willingness to roll-up your sleeves and contribute to the mission in whatever capacity is required sets you apart from many military formations,” wrote Major General Dean Milner, NTM-A commanding general, in a recent email to the Task Force Guam (TFG) leadership.

Maj. Gen. Milner also thanked the troops for their part in a key mission they conducted that impacted two specific operations.

“I am especially grateful for the support you provide to the Guardian Angel mission to protect our TEXTRON contractors conducting Mobile Strike Force Vehicle training at CAMP BLACKHORSE and to protect our instructors at the Afghan National Police Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) school here in Kabul.”

The Guam Army National Guard’s 1st of the 294th Infantry Regiment formally took control of the vital security force missions at Camp Eggers, in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul in May, shortly after it arrived in country. The GUARNG battalion then started operating as Task Force Guam with its nearly 600 Soldiers spread out in units located at key bases throughout Afghanistan.

The island warriors’ optimistic and confident demeanor was not overlooked by the NTM-A leadership.

“The positive attitude that your leaders and Soldiers display every day has been noticed by my entire team in the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan. You are tremendous ambassadors for Guam – my team and I are very proud to serve shoulder to shoulder with your task force.

“Thank you for what you and your team do every day to keep us safe!  You truly embody the spirit of the 294th Infantry Regiment motto – MASEHA NGAI’AN YAN MANU (Anywhere, Anytime),” Maj. Gen. Milner wrote.

Task Force Guam commander, LTC Michael Tougher, said the senior leader’s acknowledgment of the Guam Soldiers’ performance was much valued. 

“We always appreciate the acknowledgement of our Soldiers as they perform their duties in support of our mission. There is no doubt that TF Guam is blessed with some of the greatest Soldiers and leaders in the United States Army. The people of Guam and the CNMI should be proud of the work our Soldiers do each day and the humble professionalism they exhibit. I am very proud of our Soldiers and I join Maj Gen Milner in commending them,” LTC Tougher stated.

Task Force Guam’s overall mission is in direct support of NTM-A as tasked by the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A). The unit is slated to return to their tropical island home sometime early next year.