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40th Infantry Division, Los Alamitos, CA

 

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The 40th Infantry Division is mourning the loss of a Fallen Comrade who died from wounds sustained while conducting operations in Afghanistan, 7 July. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Spc. Joseph Maciel, who was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment Task Force, 3rd Infantry Division, and attached to the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. While we share in this loss, we are especially sympathetic to the Family of our fallen hero. We know you will keep him and his Family in your thoughts and prayers, however, we kindly ask that you respect the Family’s privacy during this difficult time.

We want to reassure families and friends of our deployed 40th Infantry Division Soldiers that we feel confident about the safety and security of our team. We are making solid and steady progress working with our Afghan partners, many who have become close colleagues and trusted friends. While we will take every available safety measure and precaution into consideration as we conduct operations, we will continue to train, advise, and assist our Afghan partners. Together we will continue a nationwide Afghan-led offensive targeting Taliban irreconcilables who refuse to listen to the Afghan peoples’ calls for them to take the courageous step towards peace and reconciliation.

BG Malanka and BG Yeager visit the 1-18th Cavalry at Ft. Bliss as they deploy overseas. We wish you a safe journey on your deployment and a speedy return home! Thank you for your service and all that you do for us!

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BG Malanka addresses the 578th BEB prior to their departure from Ft. Bliss, TX. We wish them the best on their deployment and look forward to a speedy and safe return! Thank you for your service and all you do!

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Impressive art work by SFC Garibaldi.
Pictured below is CSM Joe Derma TAAC South in Kandahar Afghanistan.... Get home Safe!

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Check out this story that highlights the 40th Infantry Division's performance in Afghanistan to include how they are fully integrated with their active duty team.

https://www.army.mil/article/208006/soldiers_collaborate_to_strengthen_train_advise_and_assist_mission

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, outgoing commander for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, relinquished authority of TAAC-South to U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, incoming commander for TAAC-South.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, deputy chief of staff for operations for Resolute Support Mission and the deputy commanding general for operations for US Forces Afghanistan, officiated the ceremony.

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Afghan contractors, U.S. and NATO coalition Service members, and civilian contractors from across Train, Advise and Assist Command - South celebrated Eid al-Fitr with dinner and traditional dancing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, June 17. Eid al-Fitr is the first day of Shawwal, the name of an Islamic month, and it signifies the end of Ramadan.

TAAC-S is comprised of Soldiers from 40th Infantry Division, of the California National Guard, and the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The commander for TAAC-S is Brig. Gen. John Lathrop who made an appearance at the event to thank and congratulate participants for their hard work and dedication to the TAAC-S mission.

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"As senior #NCOs it's our responsibility to mentor at least two ranks down and show those younger leaders what right looks like and most of the time that mentoring is done through actions," said U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Derma, assigned to the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard."(The ANA NCOs) are eager to learn and excited to participate in the training (we give them), so I can't wait to see how much more they will be able to progress when they use their NCOs to their full capabilities."

Read more about how Derma and the senior NCOs of Train, Advise and Assist Command-South are helping shape and influence the ANA NCO Corps at http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Overseas-Operations/Article/1546522/national-guard-ncos-share-knowledge-with-afghan-counterparts/

US Forces Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission NCO Journal National Guard

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Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, commanding general for Train, Advice and Assist Command-South, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anton Hillig, senior enlisted leader for TAAC-South, have a speical message in celebration of the U.S. Army 243rd birthday.

TAAC-South is composed of Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard and the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

#ArmyBday

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1SG Alfredo Juarez, 40th Infantry Division, Doing what he does best.... Leading and Mentoring!

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Commander for Train, Advise and Assist Command - South, Brig. Gen. John Lathrop (right) and governance advisor team leader Lt. Col. Carl Wohlfeil (left), discus peace and reconciliation efforts with Zabul Provincial Governor Rahmatullah Yarmal. Yarmal was promoted to Governor from Deputy Governor about two weeks ago. He recently met with elders from several tribes for an Iftar Dinner where he was bestowed with a symbolic turban signifying the elder's acceptance of Yarmal as their leader. TAAC-S is composed of Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard, and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

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ABC News 7 Los Angeles was on-hand yesterday as we said farewell to our Soldiers of the 1-18 Cav, check out the coverage!

Under the attentive eye of 40th Infantry Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Mark Malanka, Troopers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Troop A, Troop B, and elements of Detachment 1, Troop C case the colors during a deployment ceremony, Monday, May 28, at Joint Forces Training Base. Trooper of the 1-18 Cavalry will deploy to Jordan where they will train elements of the Jordanian Army. (California National Guard photo by Senior Airmen Crystal Housman.)

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Please take a moment today and help us remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

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Soldiers and leaders of Train, Advice and Assist Command-South, which is composed of Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a Memorial Day ceremony, May 28, 2018, at the command's headquarters in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

A fallen warrior display was placed at the front of the chapel for service members and contractors from the airfield to take a moment to reflect. Also, The Soldiers and contractors across TAAC-S, commanded by Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, took a moment of silence at noon in order to pay their respects.

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NORTH FORT HOOD, TEXAS (27 May 2018) - Soldiers of the 40th Infantry Division Turn 4 (T4) Train, Advise and Assist Command-South honored Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) by participated in a Hero’s Workout known as the “Murph”, and gathered for a Memorial Day Picnic to honor our fallen brothers and sisters. Never forgetting our Gold Star families and friends. (Photos by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Gabriela Ramirez)

For more photos of this event and others visit the 40th ID Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/40id/

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U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lou Spinazze, senior enlisted leader for the Police Advising Team for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, talks with Afghan senior enlisted leaders during a meeting at the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar.

Spinazze, a native of Carmichael, California, is a member of the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard.

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Soldiers of the 40th Infantry Division's Train, Advise, Assist - Command South, Turn 4 said goodbye to family, friends and loved ones during a deployment ceremony, Saturday May 19 at Joint Forces Training Base. Soldiers of Turn 4 will receive Division Soldiers from Turn 3 already stationed in Afghanistan. Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel and Staff Sgt. Kim Hill.

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Soldiers of the Division's Headquarters Support Company participated in platoon PT activities during IDT weekend, May 20, 2018. Photos by Staff Sgt. Kim Hill

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The California Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division promoted several of its enlisted Soldiers during drill weekend on Saturday, May 19, 2018, on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos.

Congratulations to newly promoted Pfc. Ashely Hernandez, Pfc. Eric Coronavillalba, Pfc. Tyler Hinkley, Staff Sgt. Maria G. Boshnack!

Capt. Marcie V. Alas, commander of the Headquarters Support Company, 40th Infantry Division promoted them all in front of the company formation Saturday, May 19, 2018, on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA.

Photos by Staff Sgt. Amanda Johnson

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Citizen-Soldier: From professor to CA National Guard Officer

Read the full story at the link below!

To the Soldiers and leaders of Train, Advise and Assist Command – South, Nathan Wall is an Army Major and the deputy logistics and medical operations officer for TAAC-South.

California National Guard Soldier 1st Lt. Gabriela Ramirez, a signal officer with the 40th Infantry Division, Los Alamitos, California, talks about leaving for her first deployment. Members of the 40th ID deploy to Afghanistan this year to support Train, Advise and Assist Command - South. Brig. Gen. Jeff Smiley, 40th ID Deputy Commanding General - Operations, addressed family and friends, who wished their loved ones a safe departure and return, during the deployment ceremony. (Video by Army Sgt. Lani O. Pascual)

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Congratulations to newly promoted Col. Zachariahs Delwiche, operations officer for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South!

Delwiche was promoted by Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, commanding general for TAAC-South, May 17,2018, in front of Soldiers from TAAC-South, composed of Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Delwiche's wife Maj. Angela Delwiche was even able to watch as he pinned on his new rank!

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The Commander of Resolute Support, Gen. John Nicholson, visited Train, Advise, and Assist Command South to meet with Afghan leaders in the Uruzgan province regarding concerns over the security of provincial district voting registration centers in Tarin Kowt, 14 May. The meeting was hosted by TAAC-S under the command of Brig. Gen. John Lathrop with the 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard.

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