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Kandak commander’s conference in Gardez proves productive

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

101st Airborne DivisionKhost Province, Afghanistan – More than 50 commanders from the Afghan Border Police and their U.S. Army mentors from five different battalions spread across three provinces met at Forward Operating Base Gardez July 5th through 7th for a quarterly kandak commander’s conference.

The conference was held to collect ABP kandak, an Afghan battalion, status updates, distribute the zone commander’s guidance and intent, and to address any concerns or problems the different units are having,  according to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., battalion commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division

“We try and schedule these about every three months,” said Smiley, a native of Oklahoma City.  “It allows the commanders in Zone Two to address common problems, and it gives me and my staff the opportunity to meet the kandak commanders and their administrative staff face to face.”

Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., battalion commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (center left) listens as Maj. Gen. Mullah Khil, commanding general, ABP Zone 2 (center right) speaks at a recent commander's conference at Camp Ghardez.

Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., battalion commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (center left) listens as Maj. Gen. Mullah Khil, commanding general, ABP Zone 2 (center right) speaks at a recent commander's conference at Camp Ghardez.

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