After an absence of over two years the U.S. Marine Corps will return to Helmand province, Afghanistan. Over 300 Marines from the II Marine Expeditionary Force will depart for Afghanistan in early 2017. They will take over the Security Force Assistance (SFA) mission that Task Force Forge (a U.S. Army unit) is currently conducting. The SFA mission consists of training, advising, and assisting the Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps and the Afghan National Police (ANP) 505th Police Zone Headquarters in Helmand and Nimroz provinces. Read more in Task Force South West, by SOF News, January 9, 2017.