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Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan [OEF-A]
US and Coalition Forces Order of Battle
September 2011

These orders of battle represent a "best available" order-of-battle of forces deployed in CENTCOM's part of Central Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The amount of publicly available information concerning aircraft types and specific units makes it difficult to provide a high fidelity profile of deployments "current" to the stated timeframe of the order of battle. There are likely significant gaps in unit identifications, as well as non-trivial uncertainties as to numbers of specific types of aircraft. The presence of significant numbers of civilian contractor personnel at various facilities in the region further complicates accounting for total personnel numbers.

Figures for ISAF forces are calculated by the Force Flow tracking system at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Headquarters and count all troops under the Command and Control of the Commander, ISAF (COMISAF). Those numbers of troops too should be taken as indicative as they could change daily.

Recent Developments

In the State of the Union Address on 12 February 2013, President Obama said that 33,000 troops had already been withdrawn from Afghanistan, and by the end of 2013, an additional 34,000 troops would be withdrawn as the draw down continued. President Obama stressed that "our war in Afghanistan will be over" by 2014 as previously stated.

On 1 May 2012, President Obama announced that an additional 23,000 troops would be redeployed from Afghanistan by the end of Summer 2012, as part of the ongoing drawdown of forces there. 2014 remained the end goal for the redeployment of all US combat forces from Afghanistan, though some US personnel were expected to remain in the country to establish a lasting relationship with the Afghan National Security Forces.

On 13 November 2011, the 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted a farewell ceremony and casing of the colors prior to their deployment to Afghanistan. The 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion had initially been slated to deploy to Kuwait, but had received a last minute change of mission to Afghanistan.

On 12 November 2011, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force began deploying to Afghanistan, where it was to replace the USMC's 7th Engineer Support Battalion.

In November 2011, the Romanian 300th "Sf. Andrei" Mechanized Battalion deployed to Afghanistan, joining Combined Team Zabul.

Between 27 October and 1 November 2011, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment deployed to Afghanistan. Once there it was expected to take control of operations in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, relieving fellow Hawaii-based Marines of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

On 19 October 2011, France withdrew 200 of its troops from Afghanistan as part of a plan to pull out 1,000 troops by the end of 2012. The French military had said in September 2011 that the company of soldiers would leave Afghanistan sometime during October. France had about 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, and President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to withdraw a quarter of the troops by the end of 2012.

On 12 October 2011, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski extended the mandate for the country's peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan until 13 April 2012. The Polish authorities still planned to gradually decrease the number of troops and completely withdraw its military contingent from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

On 9 October 2011, the British Army's 20th Armoured Brigade took over command of Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan from 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, officially marking the start of Operation Herrick 15.

On 3 October 2011, the Department of Defense announced the deployment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division as part of an upcoming rotation of forces to Afghanistan. Numbering approximately 3,500 soldiers, the unit was scheduled for deployment in November 2011 and would replace redeploying units with no increase in overall force levels.

On 1 October 2011, Major General James L. Terry, outgoing commander of Regional Command South (RC[S]), cased the 10th Mountain Division colors and officially handed over command to Major General James L. Huggins, Jr., commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and new RC(S) commander, during a transition of authority ceremony on Kandahar Airfield.

During the first week of September 2011, Marines with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, a reserve infantry battalion based out of the New England area, conducted integration training aboard Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province as part of their deployment to Afghanistan.

On 8 September 2011, the Department of Defense announced a unit that would deploy as part of upcoming rotations of forces operating in Afghanistan. The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division was alerted for deployment, scheduled for January 2012.

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