162nd Infantry Brigade
"The Tiger Brigade"
The 162nd Infantry Brigade, also referred to as the 162nd Security Force Assistance Brigade, trains advisor skills, combat skills, and security force assistance skills to provide Army and joint force Commanders with trained personnel and units to build partner nation security capacity.
The 162nd Infantry Brigade was reactivated in 2008 to act as a dedicated element to train advisory and security force assistance elements across the services, particularly for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan to support the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Elements of the Brigade itself subsequently deployed to Afghanistan to support operations directly.
Class 81, 162nd Infantry Brigade's first graduating class of combat advisors, graduated in 3 parts in October 2009. The class consisted of teams from the Navy, Air Force and Army National Guard. The Sailors of Class 81 concluded their 60-day course of instruction under the auspices of 1st Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment on 16 October 2009, with a capstone event that included a tactical exercise. The exercise consisted of convoy patrols and engagements with roleplayers representing the Afghan National Army and Afghan populous.
Forty-two Soldiers from the 162nd Infantry Brigade also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 to act as combat advisors to Afghan security forces. The 42 Soldiers of Task Force Tiger were the first soldiers of the 162nd Infantry Brigade to deploy as a task force in support of combat operations since the unit was deployed for World War II. These soldiers would fill a variety of roles as advisors for Afghan Security Forces. Task Force Tiger returned to Fort Polk on 1 August 2010, after a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan. During their deployment, they worked with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to recruit and train 1,000 Afghan national police.
By early 2012, the 162nd Infantry Brigade had two battalions in Afghanistan partnered with special operations forces performing village stability operations.
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