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Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan

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The Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A, pronounced "see stick-uh") was a multinational, U.S. led, military organization during the War in Afghanistan.

Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan
Type Alpha unit
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Engagements War in Afghanistan
Harold J. Greene (Deputy commander)
Adm. William J. Fallon Commander of U.S. Central Command salutes the Afghan honor guard on hand at the change of command ceremony for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) in 2007.



In April 2006, the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) was formed from the Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan. In partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), CSTC-A was charged with planning, programming, and implementing reform of the Afghan Security Forces consisting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) in order to develop a stable Afghanistan, strengthen the rule of law, and deter and defeat terrorism within its borders.

In April 2009, the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit made the decision to establish NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A), an organization responsible for the training and development of Afghan Security Forces. Seven months later, on November 21, 2009, NTM-A was formally activated under CSTC-A. With the Headquarters at Camp Eggers, Kabul, the Commander of the organization commanded both CSTC-A and NTM-A. At its peak structure, CSTC-A/NTM-A was an 8,000-member advisor/mentor, combat theater forward-deployed strategic command recognized as an Army Corps-level Headquarters. With the Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) mission associated with the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Ministry of Interior (MoI), and Non-Security Ministries, the organization was known as the Deputy Commander - Ministerial Advisor Group, or DCOM-MAG.

In November 2013, with NTM-A functionally aligned under International Security Assistance Force's Joint Command (IJC), NTM-A and CSTC-A disaggregated, allowing each organization to focus on its unique mission set. Several months later, CSTC-A prepared Camp Eggers for turnover to the U.S. Department of State and transferred the unit's personnel and equipment to the Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (HQ ISAF) compound while simultaneously drawing down to Resolute Support mission numbers.

With the realignment of advisors toward establishing a Functionally-Based Security Force Assistance set in July 2014, DCOM-MAG/CSTC-A transitioned to its current construct as the Deputy Chief of Staff Security Assistance (DCOS SA)/CSTC-A. Along with the mission to budget, account, and execute more than 50 billion dollars of Afghanistan Security Force Funds across multiple fiscal years, manage all foreign military sales for the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF), and plan, budget, and execute all of the infrastructure projects in support of the ANDSF, DCOS SA/CSTC-A currently provides the TAA mission for four Essential Functions – EF1 (Plan, Program, Budget, and Execute), EF2 (Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight), EF3 (Rule of Law), and EF5 (Sustainment).

Campaign participation credit
  • Afghanistan:
    • Consolidation I
    • Consolidation II
    • Consolidation III
    • Transition I
    • Transition II

Unit decorationsEdit

Ribbon Award Year Notes
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award FEB 2004 - NOV 2004 for Joint service in Afghanistan
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award JAN 2005 - DEC 2005 for Joint service in Afghanistan
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2006–2007 for Joint service in Afghanistan
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2007–2008 for service in Afghanistan[1]
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2009–2010 for service in Afghanistan (dual hatted with NTM-A)[1]
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2010–2011 for service in Afghanistan (dual hatted with NTM-A)[1]
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2011-2012 for service in Afghanistan (dual hatted with NTM-A)[1]
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2012-2013 for Joint service in Afghanistan


  1. ^ a b c d "Military Awards and Decorations". Retrieved 2 January 2012.

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