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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police Maj. Gen. Gul Abi Ahmadzai opens the Commander’s Unit Assessment Tool conference Dec. 26 at the 505th Afghan Uniformed Police Zone hedquarters, which is located at the Regional Logistics Center in Gardez. Ahmadzai is the 505th AUP regional zone commander. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Derek Nelson, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police 505th Zone provincial commanders gathered Dec. 26 to give a formal assessment of their provinces in a conference at the 505th AUP zone headquarters located at the Regional Logistics Center in Gardez.



The conference is part of a program called the Commander’s Unit Assessment Tool, more commonly referred to as CUAT. Representatives from each of the six provinces in the 505th Zone briefed the zone commander and deputy minister of the interior on the current statuses of their respective provinces.

“The CUAT is directed by International Security Assistance Forces Joint Command,” said U.S. Army Capt. Anna Gerding, assistant S-3 plans officer with the 95th Military Police Battalion from Scio, Ore. “Coalition forces (advisers) and provincial commanders … complete an assessment of the entire province.”

The assessment is a detailed report filled out by district- to zone-level AUP, Gerding explained. The report includes the status of personnel and logistical supplies, training numbers and a mission capability report.

While it may not seem like much, she said conferences like this are a huge step for Afghan security forces. It provides them with a sense of accountability and opens up lines of communication where there was previously little, if any at all.

“The CUAT, as a reporting tool, is important because it not only serves as a record for sensitive items inventories and a personnel status report, but it also gives district and provincial leadership and their (coalition forces advisors) an opportunity to highlight best practices,” said Gerding.

Gerding also discussed CUAT as a means for indentifying issues that need assistance from the zone or Ministry of Interior.

“By bringing everyone to the same conference with their (adviser), we try to reinforce that the CUAT process is a combined report,” said U.S. Army Maj. Jon Tessmann, a 95th MP Bn. S-3 officer from Mannheim, Germany. “It’s a mentor and his AUP partner sitting down and talking realistically and candidly about how they’re doing within that district.”

The first CUAT was held via Adobe Connect. It has grown to a full conference where representatives meet with each other face to face. The zone commander and a representative from the Ministry of Interior also attend.

According to Gerding, the purpose of the CUAT is for the district, provincial and zone AUP, along with their coalition advisers, to provide an accurate assessment of the capability of the AUP. It also serves to help determine key issues and recommend solutions. Additionally, it is a forum for discussing trends and what is affecting those trends, whether negative or positive.

“I believe (the most recent) CUAT conference was successful in meeting that intent,” Gerding said.

“From what I can tell, this is probably one of the more successful CUAT conferences we’ve had and we’re going to encourage them to continue because it’s critical,” said Tessmann.

It is especially vital due to the recent growth of the 505th Zone, which has grown from four provinces to six. It now includes Paktya, Khowst, Paktika, Ghazni, Logar and Wardak provinces.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Representatives from the six provinces in the 505th Afghan Uniformed Police Zone sit in the Commander’s Unit Assessment Tool conference with their coalition forces advisers Dec. 26 at the 505th AUP zone headquarters, which is located at the Regional Logistics Center in Gardez. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Derek Nelson, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Representatives from each of the provinces in the 505th Afghan Uniformed Police zone briefed a status update for their respective provinces Dec. 26 at the 505th AUP zone headquarters, which is located at the Regional Logistics Center in Gardez. The briefings were given to the zone commander, other provincial representatives and the deputy minister of interior. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Derek Nelson, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

 

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