Fort Drum— Colonel Dennis S. Sullivan, Commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team held a press conference today, informing the Fort Drum community about the brigade's upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
In previous deployments, the entire Brigade would deploy. However, in this deployment there will be less than half of the Brigade deploying. According to Major Shane Sandretto, 1,500-2,000 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade will be deploying during the month of January.
Major Sandretto reiterated to ABC50, what Colonel Dennis S. Sullivan stated in the briefing, “The Brigade will no longer be deploying as a Combat Brigade, we will be deploying as an SFAB.” Colonel Sullivan explained what the Security Forces Assistance Brigade, otherwise known as SFAB, would be doing. The SFAB is comprised of those with cultural training and specialized training with the goal to take a more “hands-off” approach.
Major Sandretto explained, “As a brigade combat team, we do the work ourselves. As an SFAB, we advise the Afghanistan Army and the Afghan Police to do the work for themselves.” According to Major Sandretto, there is always stress around deployments and concerns. However, he was not worried about safety in regards to less than half of the Brigade deploying this time around. Although the SFAB will be directed to be more or less “hands off”, the Army reserves the right to defend themselves.