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Ft Hood Troops Help Afghan Forces Gain Local Confidence

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(KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers in Bag ram, Afghanistan, headed out on a dangerous security mission in Thursday, as they have almost every day for the past eight months.

The "Delta" Company, 1-5 Cavalry troops are working closely with Afghan forces, who will soon completely take over the mission.

"If anything happens in all of Afghanistan, we respond to it in four hours and we're there," said Private First Class Spencer Smith.

The unit is on call all the time, also rotating on 8-hour security patrols.

When they get outside the wire, they link up with Afghan National Security Forces, (ANSF).

Staff Sergeant Andrew Smith says, "They keep us in the loop and let us know what's going on, so that we're not going out there blind."

They work together to interrupt enemy plans to attack the base or the area around it and to ensure the safety of the Afghan people.

Just before loading into an MRAP, Sergeant Jonathan Warner said, "They usually take the lead on everything we do, we just follow their lead, we give them our intent, what we want to complete for the mission."

Bagram is a strategic center for Afghanistan, so the success of security for ANSF in the area is critical to the country's enduring freedom.

A key to gaining that stability is building the confidence of the Afghan people.

"The locals see that the Afghan forces are with us, and it legitimizes them a little bit, especially when they see that they're showing us stuff, and we're helping them, as opposed to they're helping us," Smith said.

Now the months are ticking down until American troops roll out for good and Afghan forces are on their own.

The plan is to withdraw all troops by the end of the year.

This particular unit will be home safe in sound in a few more months.

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Jordan Bontke jbontke@kcentv.com

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