About RC(SW)

Regional Command Southwest

Regional Command Southwest is one of six regional commands operating in Afghanistan under the International Security Assistance Force, a coalition force organized by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Regional Command Southwest mission is to conduct counterinsurgency operations focused on protecting the Afghan people, developing Afghan National Security Forces capabilities, and in conjunction with the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, supporting the improved governance and economic development.

Regional Command Southwest is currently commanded by Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus.


-RC(SW) was established June 14, 2010
-RC(SW) covers Helmand and Nimruz provinces
-RC(SW) is a combined force of approximately 30,000 personnel
-Military/civilian units are drawn from the U.S., U.K., Bahrain, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Tonga
-Headquartered at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
-Major subordinate commands: Task Force Leatherneck, Task Force Helmand, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Logistics Group
-RC(SW) is partnered with the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps