Gov. Walker Attends Sendoff For Wisconsin SFAAT Team Heading To Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 6:02 am

A small team of highly trained Wisconsin Army National Guard members said their goodbyes Monday as they prepare to leave for Afghanistan.

Gov. Scott Walker, military leaders and family had a special sendoff for 16 Wisconsin National Guard members that are all part of the 104th Security Force Advise and Assist Team (SFAAT)—a group that has only existed for about three weeks now.

This small unit will play a big role in the next step of the mission to turn the fight over to the Afghans, mentoring Afghan security so they can take the lead when U.S. troops leave.

The first U.S. troops left Afghanistan last summer as part of the drawdown in the country. Today, there are about 68,000 troops left in Afghanistan.

SFAAT is expected to head to Afghanistan in early January.

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