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    Iron Horse Soldiers receive a SFAB recruiting brief

    Fort Carson Soldiers recieve SFAB recruiting Briefing

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Diandra Harrell | Fort Carson, Colo. – Col Scott Jackson, commander, 1st Security Force Assistance...... read more read more

    FORT CARSON , CO, UNITED STATES

    10.20.2017

    Story by Staff Sgt. Diandra Harrell 

    4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

    FORT CARSON, Colo. —Soldiers from across Fort Carson gathered at the McMahon Theater to learn about volunteer opportunities for the new Security Force Assistance Brigade Oct. 20.

    SFABs are new units being stood up with the dedicated mission of advising and assisting partner nations in developing their security force capability from the tactical to governmental level.

    Earlier this month, the 1st SFAB was officially established. To man the new brigade and brigades to come, Col Scott Jackson, commander, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in Fort Benning, Ga, traveled to Fort Carson to provide a recruiting brief for 4th Infantry Division Soldiers.

    “The purpose of today’s briefing was to engage 4th Infantry Division Soldiers and inform them of what the SFAB is and opportunities for assignment to the SFABs so that folks can make informed decisions”, he said.

    This new and permanent concept will allow Brigade Combat Teams to focus on their core missions while deployed.

    “For many years now, the conventional forces have been doing the heavy lifting with advising the foreign security forces, Iraqis and Afghans predominantly, which prevents them from doing their core mission,” Jackson said. “The SFABs will take the advisory mission from conventional forces allowing them to focus on their core mission and increase readiness while the SFABS take care of regional issues through advising.”

    During the briefing, Jackson talked about the minimum requirements to volunteer for the SFAB, the assessment process, and the incentives to serving in a SFAB.

    Minimum Requirements
    Soldiers must be a specialist promotable
    Minimum Army Physical Fitness Test score of 240 (Soldiers must get at least 80 percent in each event).
    Must have a secret clearance
    No derogatory information in records.

    Finally, volunteers must be technical and tactical experts in their assigned military occupational specialty.

    “For the mission we face, I need experts” Jackson said. “Not only that, you have to have the right attitude. If you can run fast, but you aren’t a team player, I don’t want you in this Brigade. I need well-rounded Soldiers who are physically, technically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally fit to serve in these positions”

    Soldiers who meet the minimum requirements and are selected, will travel to Fort Benning, Ga to conduct the two-day assessment.

    “The assessment includes an APFT, 5-mile foot march, a writing portion, an assessment of your technical knowledge, and a board, ”Jackson explained.

    Currently six Fort Carson Soldiers passed the assessment and are in the process of transitioning to Fort Benning.

    The assignment is considered a permanent change of station for two to three years with at least one 9-month deployment according to Jackson.

    “After your time at the SFAB, you will return to the conventional force stronger than you left it, you will be a valuable asset everywhere you go,” he said.

    The brief ended with a question and answer session and closing comments from Command Sgt. Major Timothy Metheny, command sergeant sergeant, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson.

    “This is a great opportunity to get high quality training and gain skill sets that will benefit you for the rest of your career,” said Metheny. “Why not train with the best Soldiers using the some of the best equipment the Amy has to offer and become a true expert in your tactical and technical skills?”

    Soldiers interested in volunteering for SFAB should speak with their respective chain of command and branch managers first.

    Please click the below for more information http://www.armyreenlistment.com/sfab.html .

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    Date Taken: 10.20.2017
    Date Posted: 02.25.2018 12:47
    Story ID: 267105
    Location: FORT CARSON , CO, US 

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