ISAF WELCOMES DANISH CHIEF OF DEFENSE, GENERAL PETER BARTRAM
KABUL, Afghanistan (May 31, 2013) – The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) welcomed General Peter Bartram, Chief of Defense for Denmark, who made a visit to Afghanistan May 28-31 for an update on the Danish contribution. Danish personnel are currently serving in Helmand, Kandahar, and Kabul provinces.
Since 2002, Denmark gradually increased its military engagement in Afghanistan. Currently, the Danish contribution is about 750 soldiers. The Danish mechanized battle group includes Main Battle Tanks and is part of the British-led Task Force Helmand in Helmand province. Denmark also provides staff officers to HQ ISAF and HQ ISAF Joint Command (IJC) as well as mentors and units to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (NTM-A).
Danish soldiers and civilian police instructors support capacity building of the Afghan police forces. Since the beginning of 2012, Danish Special Operations Forces have trained Afghan police units in Helmand province. The Danish Mobile Air Control Center is part of ISAF Regional Command – North.
Denmark has developed a long-term strategy for its engagement in Afghanistan. The strategy states that Denmark will gradually shift the balance between military and civilian capacities, moving towards an increased civilian effort and a more unobtrusive military role.