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Camp Vance, Afghanistan was located on Bagram Air Base and was established in December 2002 in Bagram, Afghanistan by the United States Department of Defense to headquarter the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF).

The camp is named for Gene Arden Vance Jr., a member of the US Special Forces (Airborne) a cryptologic linguist and WVU Alumni who, despite being critically wounded, help save the lives of two fellow Americans and 18 Afghan soldiers during the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in the War in Afghanistan (2001–2021).

Camp Vance was headquartered by US Special Forces troops whose core tasks included advising the Afghan National Army’s special operations forces and local police, training forces associated with the Counterterrorism and counterinsurgency (COIN) - a strategy that established expanding security and stability in rural villages.

The camp also controlled highly specialized battalion-level task forces built around two battalions of Army Special Forces (the 'Green Berets') and a west coast-based Navy SEAL Team, infantry and a Marine special operations battalion. The headquarters were provided in rotation by a number of Army Special Forces Groups, including the 3rd, 7th and the 19th.


The mission of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force at Camp Vance and Bagram Air Base included denying terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan that threaten western interests.



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