CAMP LEJEUNE — The Camp Lejeune based second Marine Expeditionary Force is getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan in early 2013.
A major part of the second Marine Expeditionary Force mission will be to train Afghan forces in preparation for the withdrawal of NATO troops. Leading up the the deployment Advisor Training Cell teams are strenuously preparing for that task but it's a job being made even more dangerous by green on blue attacks which have killed over 50 allied troops so far this year.
Corporal Jed "Gerber" Soberal said that scenario is part of his team's training.
"We're ready for it. We've addressed it, trained to it and I think we're prepared," said Soberal.
Captain James Slocum said making sure the Afghans are ready to stand up when the US stands down is an important mission.
"By training them to do the job that we would normally be doing it will be a smoother transition when it's time for us to get out of that country and get our troops back to the states," said Slocum.
NATO combat forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 but Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that his country is ready and willing to accelerate the withdrawal.