The Marines 1/215 Security Force Assistance and Advisory Team was deployed to the Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2012 to train local forces to take the lead as the U.S. prepares to scale down troops next year. Lt. Col. Phil Treglia implemented an unorthodox and potential deadly strategy of smaller advisory teams and more independence -- and learning -- for Afghan forces. "The leader at its core is a person who sees opportunities where others don't and who makes pivotal decisions in a risk-averse environment like no other," E.B. Boyd writes of Treglia.

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