Members of the press were invited to Kabul Compound on 20 March 2005, for a dedication ceremony. Kabul Compound was renamed "Camp Eggers" in memory of Capt. Daniel W. Eggers. Eggers was killed in Afghanistan on May 29, 2004, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device near Kandahar. The ceremony concluded with the crowd observing a moment of silence for all those who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and the playing of the "Ballad of the Green Beret."
Also killed with Eggers were Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Mogensen, Spc. Joseph A. Jeffries and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian J. Ouellette. The four men were fatally wounded while returning to their base as they tried to avoid another improvised explosive device in the road. Eggers, a Special Forces detachment commander, and Mogensen, 26, a Special Forces weapons sergeant, were both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Jeffries, 21, was a psychological operations specialist assigned to the 320th Psychological Operations Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Portland, Ore. Ouellette, 37, was assigned to the Navy Special Warfare Group Two out of Little Creek, Va.
Capt. Eggers was killed leading his Special Forces A Team in Zabul Province.a truly joint team working hard to help secure a critical part of this country and provide support to the Afghan government in a highly contested area.
Even though service members at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, were separated from their families by thousands of miles, they still were able read to their kids. Thanks to the efforts of one noncommissioned officer assigned to the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan, more than 200 parents deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom have done so in its first four months.
The "Read To Your Kids" program was established in late November by Army Reserve Master Sgt. D. Keith Johnson from the OMCA public affairs office as a way to bring deployed troops closer to their loved ones while they are away from home. On 18 March 2005, Johnson reached a new milestone as he completed his 200th taping.
Even though 15 openings are available on the schedule every Friday, the program, was also open to the members of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan at Camp Eggers, has become so popular that the slots are completely booked weeks in advance. It is was so popular, in fact, that it expanded from Camp Eggers to Camp Phoenix, where Staff Sgt. Jerad Myers from the Task Force Phoenix public affairs office established a satellite program with Johnson's assistance. Task Force Phoenix, a subordinate unit of OMCA, is responsible for training the Afghan National Army.
On April 4, 2006, the Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan was re-designated as CSTC-A and assigned to the United States Central Command. Headquartered at Camp Eggers, CSTC-A was a joint service, coalition organization with military personnel from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Albania, Germany, France and Romania, as well as contracted civilian advisors, mentors and trainers.
The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan was still located on Camp Eggers as of December, 2007. As it is located in Kabul, Eggers does have a variety of facilities on base or in the immediate vicinity that are available to the soldiers stationed there, there are two dining facilities, a medical clinic, library, video store, px/bx, barbershop and salon, recreation center, education center, library, computer lab, laundry, sewing shop, coffee shop, a gym and even a spa specializing in American and European styles.
The mission of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, at Camp Eggers is to plan, program and implement structural, organizational, institutional and management reforms of the Afghanistan National Security Forces in order to develop a stable Afghanistan, strengthen the rule of law, and deter and defeat terrorism within its borders.
CSTC-A provides advisors, mentors and trainers to help both the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior organize, train, equip, employ and support the ANSF in order to do everything from defeat the insurgency and provide internal security to setting the conditions for economic development, and gain the trust and confidence of the citizens of Afghanistan.
Mission success for CSTC-A is defined as fielding an ANSF that is professional, literate, ethnically diverse, tactically competent and capable of providing security throughout Afghanistan.
CSTC-A's role was assisting the Government of Afghanistan in building the ANSF. From recruiting soldiers and policemen to training recruiters, organizing the Ministries of Defense and Interior to mentoring senior leaders and the General Staff and developing the policies and processes required by a modern army and police force
With a military strength of more than 1,000, CSTC-A is under the control of United States Central Command (CENTCOM). Under CSTC-A's operational control is Task Force Phoenix, with military strength of more than 6,000, responsible for training, mentoring and advising the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.
Three Afghan National Army soldiers became the first to become certified-combat lifesavers by participating in a U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver class held at Camp Eggers August 18-20, 2008. Ninety percent of all combat-related deaths occur on the battlefield before casualties can reach a medical treatment facility, as such CLS courses like the one at Camp Eggers better prepare ANA soldiers for the hazards of combat and the necessity to act quickly to save their comrades lives.
On October 16, 2008 CSTC-A at Camp Eggers were issued their own insignia shoulder patch to be worn instead of the tradtional CENTCOM patch. The new patch features a Roman Gladius Sword and a pair of crossed rifles traditionally meant to exemplify strength and victory, golden stalks of grain meant to indicate hope for the future and prosperity in Afghanistan, silver wings for the progress made by the Afghan Air Corps all against the background of the Hindi-Kush mountains and a green, black and red sky, the colors of the Afghan Government. The patch was meant to exemplify the tremendous level of cooperation between the ANA and CSTC-A and all the progress that they have made together.
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