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PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Col. Rajab Khan, the Operations Coordination Center-Provincial commander, uses a computer prior to computer training Feb. 7 at the Panjshir OCC-P headquarters. Khan said the computer training was beneficial as the OCC-P has had the computers for a while, but did not know how to use them. Members of the Panjshir Embedded Training Team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, showed them how to use the computers to help the process of building their emergency response plan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Iowa National Guard Soldiers of the Panjshir Embedded Training Team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, are currently working with the Operations Coordination Center-Provincial to improve the Panjshir government’s emergency winter response planning.

The OCC-P team consists of Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, and National Directorate of Security officials who represent their respective agencies for Panjshir Province.

The U.S. Army ETT supports the OCC-P by working with each staff section in plans development and operations.

“We have a plan for emergency situations,” ANA Col. Rajab Khan, OCC-P commander, said through an interpreter during a training session Feb. 7. “We have a plan for each agency, and we are working to bring them together.”

Under Panjshir’s emergency winter response plan structure, the governor has identified who can provide food, shelter and extra clothing. But then, the government waits for external help from agencies in Kabul, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Tim Glynn, the ETT commander and an Ankeny, Iowa, resident.
The ETT hopes to expand that plan by helping the province take care of itself internally and offered an Emergency Decision Matrix provided by the state of Iowa’s emergency response center.

The matrix is a summarized version of the Iowa Emergency Management Response Plan which is hundreds of pages long. About an eighth of the size of the entire response plan, the matrix offers step-by-step procedures on how Iowa government agencies respond to differing emergencies, including winter weather related issues.

The partnered training has benefited the OCC-P staff and they have enjoyed it, said Khan.

“They train us on blizzard response and what we need to do if the snow creates problems,” he said. “I want to thank Lt. Col. Glynn and his team for the training, especially the computer training. We have had the computers, but didn’t know how to use them until now.”

Part of Glynn’s plan for emergency response was to help the Afghans build a document with written procedures for differing emergencies, like the Iowa Emergency Decision Matrix.

To help with the process, they also trained their Afghan counterparts how to use the computers, a skill they learned incredibly fast, said Glynn.
“These guys are sharp,” said Glynn. “They (were) commanders during the Russian and Taliban wars.”

Although building this plan will take time and effort, it will end up being a valuable asset when an emergency happens.

“It’s painful to go through step-by-step, but once it’s complete it will be a great help,” Glynn said during the training.

Throughout the afternoon, Glynn discussed the decision making process while using an interpreter to translate the lessons. He asked questions about the importance of saving lives, communication, road clearing and many other aspects of emergency winter response.

The room was full of energy as the staff members responded to each question and participated in the discussion. Glynn jotted down notes on a white board to document the discussion points to add to the written plan.

The training concluded with a rough draft of a plan, with which all participants seemed content.

According to the ETT, the Afghan government officials are now a few steps closer in completing their blizzard emergency response plan, in the hope of helping and protecting Afghans.

“They want to help,” said Glynn. “They are excited to help.” PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Tim Glynn, an Ankeny, Iowa, resident and the Panjshir Embedded Training Team commander, instructs members of the Operations Coordination Center-Provincial staff on emergency response planning and operations Feb. 7 at the Panjshir OCC-P headquarters. The ETT is part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, Glynn, an Iowa Guardsman, used the state of Iowa’s Emergency Decision Matrix to help the OCC-P build a written plan for Panjshir Province’s winter emergency response. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs) PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Loren Nicholls, an Ames, Iowa, resident and a Panjshir Embedded Training Team trainer, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, instructs Afghan National Army Maj. Khail, Operations Coordination Center-Provincial staff representative, on emergency response planning and operations Feb. 7 at the Panjshir OCC-P headquarters. Part of the assistance Nicholls and his team provide is hands-on computer training. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)


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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

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Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.