Topic: Afghan Uniformed Police
Written by Maj. Kamil Sztakolper
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army soldiers from Whiskey Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, and leaders from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, met with their Afghan National Security Force counterparts and village elders of Kunday village to discussion historical security concerns, September 9th.
Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Easy Company, bright-eyed and actively prepping vehicles before the sun even crests the horizon, is a typical sight on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.
Since being in country, Easy has conducted numerous missions and has partnered with Afghan National Security Forces from an “over-the-shoulder assistance” position.
Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted tactical call out training for members of the Afghan Uniformed Police, August 14th and 15th, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.
“We are teaching AUP members, from different districts around Khowst, good tactics and techniques for searching, clearing and detaining [suspect] individuals,” said 1st Lt. Steven A. Cummings, native of West Chester, PA, and platoon leader with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne. He hopes that the training they are providing the AUP will help with the security in Khowst province.
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Highway 7 corridor running through eastern Nangarhar isn’t like any other in the province, maybe even the country.
Sure, the two- to-three-lane asphalt road doesn’t look like much. It winds through mountains and tree-lined villages and shoots across broad, arid spaces the same as any other paved road in the region.
What makes it special is the traffic that runs along it.
Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a change of command ceremony June 28th on the division parade field at Fort Campbell.
Col. Robert Dillon, commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade, traveled from Fort Hood, Texas, to oversee the ceremony in which Lt. Col. Leevaine Williams Jr. took command of the battalion from outgoing commander Lt. Col. David G. Thompson.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Margaret Taylor
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Dozens of Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan Uniformed Police, and a smattering of U.S. Army Soldiers serving as mission advisors sat by their heavy packs on the gravel, talking and laughing in quiet anticipation, waiting for a sound.
After several hours of checks and double-checks, roll calls and final updates from the command center, the punchy staccato of rotors came faintly in the distance. Louder and louder the noise sounded, until the reverberations deafened and the dusty prop-wash buffeted those waiting at the landing zone for the choppers.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan lay still.
Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently completed a five day mission, titled OQUAAB XI, with their Afghan National Security Forces partners March 27th–31st, in the Wazir Valley of the Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
OQUAAB, which is Pashtu for Eagle, was a combined operation consisting of ANSF forces from the Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniformed Police, Afghan Border Police, Afghan Local Police and Coalition Forces.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The brightly lit hallways lined with numerous medical supplies look spotless under the florescent lights within Forward Operating Base Salerno’s medical center.
Military medical personnel quickly stride to and from rooms like bees around a honey comb completing their daily duties.
This facility, built to aid and save lives is also training grounds for Afghan National Security Forces aspiring to become medics.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Alex Kirk Amen
Paktya Province, Afghanistan — High in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan lies Combat Outpost Wilderness, where the appropriately named COP is home to 3rd Platoon, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Led by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Smith and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Mickey, 3rd Platoon, is working everyday to strengthen the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Uniformed Police to take over the fight.
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