Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces combined with the 615th Military Police Company to conduct a cordon-and-search mission of two known insurgent residences in the Chamkani District of Paktya Province, which resulted in the discovery of the remnants of a homemade explosive lab and a weapons cache Dec. 14.
The searches were conducted by Afghan Uniformed Police with Soldiers from the 615th MP Co. providing oversight during the operation. The AUP developed the intelligence, coordinated the planning, conducted the reconnaissance and executed the mission.
“We were confident because we had air and land support,” said AUP Sgt. Fazal, Chamkani AUP noncommissioned officer in charge. “Our mission was to find and arrest a suspicious (improvised explosive devise) maker... Although we didn’t capture him, we got his weapons.”
“The operation was completely Afghan-led,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kent Schooner of Gainesvill, Ga., a 615th MP squad leader. “The goal is for us to work ourselves out of the job.”
The Afghan Border Patrol in the Chamkani area worked with their coalition forces partner, Company B, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment, to establish security during the operation.
“(The ABP) has a great group of junior officers,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Queck, Co. B., 1st Bn., 168th Inf. Regt., from Fontanelle, Iowa.
In order to facilitate continued ANSF progress, U.S. Soldiers have to take a side seat and allow the ANSF to lead operations.
“You just have to sit back and watch,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Broderick, 1st Bn., 168th Inf. Regt., platoon leader of Clive, Iowa.
Broderick said the proficiency with which the AUP planned and conducted this operation is a positive indication of the progress being made to improve security in Paktya Province.
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