The commander of one of Fort Campbell's most heavily deployed brigades said he has seen progress in the capability of the Afghan security forces as the brigade starts its sixth deployment.
Col. R.J. Lillibridge, the commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, briefed reporters by telephone from the brigade's area of operations in southeastern Afghanistan, an area that the brigade knows well after four deployments to Afghanistan since 2001. The brigade also deployed twice to Iraq.
Lillibridge explained that the Afghan National Army and police forces are conducting about a quarter to a third of operations on their own without help from American troops.
The brigade is working in three key provinces, Khost, Paktia and Paktika, located south of Kabul and along the Pakistan border.