Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
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.“It will help when were on missions with how to react [to the enemy], how to search a house and how to [tactically] move on the road,” expressed an AUP officer participating in the training.
The two day training consisted of planning, basic medical training, tactical site exploitation, movement drills, cordon, questioning and searching of detainees.
“The movement section I taught went really well,” said Sgt. Christopher J. Hudson, a Warwick, RI, native and infantryman with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division. “They’ve had some prior training from other units and even though they had different names for what we were teaching them, they caught on and executed perfectly.”
On top of completing tasks to the teacher’s standards, the members of the AUP showed enjoyment in the training, as well.
“The AUP seemed to like the hands-on portion of the medical training,” Cummings said. “They were able to get out there and do casualty evacuation using their own trucks which was excellent. They did well.”
“The medical lesson, how to treat a casualty and move a casualty on the battlefield, was a good lesson for us,” said a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police participating in the training. “What we have learned from the American soldiers we can take and share with our fellow soldiers.”
Advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces to the point of complete self-sustainability is hope in providing training such as this.
“I hope this raises the AUP’s capacity and confidence,” expressed Hudson. “They need the confidence to be able to respond when we’re gone and the capacity to teach their fellow AUP.”
“I worked with the AUP on my last deployment to Afghanistan,” Hudson elaborated. “In the three and a half years since, they have shown a huge increase in their knowledge of tactics.”