View Full Version : TF Phoenix--AFG info

08-15-2008, 06:33 PM
A good friend of mine was just recalled via IRR and is headed to a ILL NG INF BN that is deploying to AFG, assigned to TF Phoenix. I looked at the TF Phoenix website and it wasn't much help. Just wondering if we got anybody out there that is/was a part of the TF? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks,


08-15-2008, 06:37 PM
I did not deploy w/ task force Phoenix, but I did help create the CST for 41st BCT when they deployed for it. It is primarily the support structure for the ETT's.

Randy Brown
08-19-2008, 02:47 PM
The Iowa Army National Guard has sent multiple Embedded Training Teams (ETT) over the past couple of years, with another currently heading downrange (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080819/NEWS/808190378). Good info on some of our past lessons-learned regarding the adviser mission and Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix should be available via Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) (http://call.army.mil/) and Battle Command Knowledge System's (BCKS) "Transition Teams" forum (https://forums.bcks.army.mil/secure/communitybrowser.aspx?id=62133&lang=en-US). If you/your buddy wish, you can also private message me your dot-mil contact info and I can transmit line-of-sight.

The organization downrange is extremely difficult to figure out, particularly from a distance. Who's in charge and who's supporting ETT soldiers adminstratively/logistically depends on where you land, region-wise. Add to that challenges in ... let's call it "translation" ... to/within/from a "combined" and "joint" organization.

For example, one of my favorite war-stories regards an Iowa guard soldier who was sent home on compassionate leave; in making coordinations with CJTF Phoenix downrange regarding a pending request to amend that leave, he was informed by the acting CJTF personnel officer (J1)--an active-duty U.S. Air Force NCO--that the cited policy applied only to "members of the Reserve Component."

As someone once observed similarly about Brits and Yanks, "The U.S. Army and Air Force (and, perhaps, AC/RC?) are a people separated by a common language."

09-17-2008, 09:54 PM
Here is my question. I am about to be assigned as an Active Army Advisor to the Illinois NG.

Does the Active Army Advisor deploy with the units?