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54th Security Force Assistance Brigade

Commanding Officer COL Jeffery Hackett
Senior Enlisted Advisor CSM Steve Bishop
 
Commanding Officer
Col. Ravindra Wagh
 
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Zirkelbach

What is an SFAB?

The mission of the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) is to conduct Train, Advise, Assist, Support, and Liaison Operations with allied and partner nation Foreign Security Forces worldwide.  SFABs are the United States Army’s permanent and dedicated force specially trained combat advisory missions, with the exception of Special Forces. Training in the SFAB includes foreign languages, cultural training, foreign weapons training, advanced medical training and other enhanced training. All SFAB Soldiers who attend and graduate from training at the Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA) receive advanced training in driving, medicine and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.


Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) are specialized United States Army units whose core mission is to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations. These units are composed primarily of non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers selected from units and trained at the Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA) at Fort Benning, Georgia. SFABs improve on the Army's ad-hoc solutions, which relied heavily on conventionally-organized Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) for the last 17 years. SFABs allow the Army to reduce, over time, the demand for conventional BCTs for combat advising. This will allow BCTs to focus on readiness for warfighting against near-peer threats.