Operation Resolute Support, Afghanistan

Basic information:

Official name:

Resolute support


1. january 2015

Umiestnenie v Afganistane



Mission HQ:

RS Headquarters, Kabul

Mission Commander:

Gen. Austin Scott MILLER (USA)

Slovak Contingent Commander:


Mandate of Slovak forces in the operation:

66 (resolution of the NC SR No .1531 of 11th december 2014)

Current number of Slovak forces in the operation:

33 (June 2019)


NATO RS website

The new Resolute Support Mission (RSM) was launched on 1 January 2015, following the decision of the North Atlantic Council of 28 November 2014 and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Considering its general characteristics, RSM differs from the previous ISAF operation insofar as it is a smaller and non-combat mission (involving approx. 12,000 troops). The overall aim of RSM is to build and develop the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), which will be able, under effective civilian governance and oversight, to face the security challenges in the country. The ultimate objective of RSM is to reach a state of affairs when the Afghan government is capable of assuming full responsibility for its own country whilst respecting human rights and the rule of law, without NATO’s support.

The Resolute Support Mission is mainly designed to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces. The essential functions of RSM include:


  1. Design and development of training programmes
  2. Building of and support to training institutions with the aim of generating and training ANDSF forces
  3. Introduction and development of training assessment procedures
  4. ANDSF training is aimed at:
    1. measures to prevent civilian casualties
    2. the conduct of operations within the legal framework
    3. human rights protection
    4. protection and respect for women and children
    5. anti-corruption measures
    6. military/police responsibilities in conformity with the Afghan Constitution and legislation
  1. Support and framing of the ANDSF development via observations, evaluations and reporting
  2. Information co-ordination and distribution to all levels and between respective components
  3. Civilian governance and oversight over ANSF
  1. Design and development of the ANDSF’s systems, processes and procedures for planning, programming and financial management and administrative support
RSM’s basic command and control structure has been taken over from ISAF’s command structure, with ISAF Regional Commands having been transformed to Train, Advise and Assist Commands (TAACs), as follows:

CSTC-A – Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan
TAAC - North, HQ Mazar-e Sharif
TAAC - South, HQ Kandahár (KAF)
TAAC - East, HQ Bagram (BAF)
TAAC - West, HQ Herat
TAAC - Capital, HQ Kábul (Camp HKIA)
TAAC - Air, HQ Kábul (Camp HKIA)
TF Southwest (provincie Helmand a Nimruz)
TF Southeast (provincie Paktia, Paktika, Logar, Wardak, Ghazni, Khost a Bamyan)

The engagement of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic (AF SR) in RS:
  1. National Support Element - NSE – national command and control, coordination of operational tasks assigned to SVK elements, logistic and operational support, administrative, personnnel and financial support of SLOVCON RS. The NSE is to represent national interest, maintain operational overview of AF SR elements, contribute to intelligence collection. Support in-theatre movement of personnel by providing assistance, accommodation etc.
  2. Staff Officers and NCOs at HQ RS – fulfilling specific tasks within different directorates and branches of HQ RS:
    1. three officers and an NCO are deployed to HQ RS in Kabul (1 medic),
    2. an NCO is deployed to Bagram Airfield,
  3. contribution to ROLE 2 HKIA – medical personnel of AF SR to support RS medical capabilities within the ROLE 2 hospital at HKIA, Kabul,
  4. military advisors for SOF (Special Operation Forces) a Special Operations Advisory Team – SOAT – to conduct training, advising and assistance to ANDSF SOF elements in support of developing SOF capabilities, combating terrorism and counter-narcotics activities.

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