LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
Yet the latest effort by International Security Assistance Forces aims to refocus the Afghan police mission back toward the public.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. David J. Goetze of Roseau, Minn., commands the Kunar Security Forces Assistance Team, one of several teams now working under Task Force Bastogne.
“Afghan police officers are already motivated, but what my team will do is help focus their training and operations to be more community oriented,” Goetze said. “This will help the police gain the trust and respect of the people they are sworn to protect.”
Goetze and his team are partnered with the Kunar Province police chief with the goal of improving the ANP system. This task is seen as not only beneficial to Afghan civilians, but also a way of starving insurgent forces of manpower.
If a stable police force can be provided, it will keep a lot of Afghan males from joining the insurgency, Goetze said.
Members of his team are each assigned to a different aspect of the provincial police, ranging from logistics to intelligence, in order to help improve each section from the top.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James E. Tembrock of Elizabethtown, Ky., the noncommissioned officer of the team, said one of the challenges they face is clarifying the various techniques taught to Afghan officers by previous advisory teams and then going beyond those standards.
“You have to learn what was done in the past,” he said
During a recent meeting with officers from various police checkpoints in the Watapur District, Goetze emphasized the need to concentrate on community policing rather than heavier armament.
“The Army should be fighting the bad guys, but the police should be establishing law and order,” he told the officers.
Goetze, who is now located at Forward Operating Base Fiaz with the provincial police headquarters, previously led a counterinsurgency course at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for two years.
“I’ve taught all this stuff,” he said. “Now I’m putting it into action.”
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