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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Col. Muhammed, commander of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in Paktya Province, addresses his soldiers before they graduate from a counter improvised explosive device awareness train-the-trainer course at the Paktya provincial police headquarters in Gardez City Feb. 17. The course trains soldiers to become trainers so they can instruct their units on the precautions needed in responding to IEDs. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Civil Order Policemen proudly displayed their certificates during a graduation ceremony Feb. 17 for the counter improvised explosive device awareness train-the-trainer course held at the Paktya provincial police headquarters in Gardez City.

U.S. Army Capt. James Avrams of Logan, Iowa, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force Lethal, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, helped coordinate training for the Afghan National Security Forces in Paktya Province and arranged for the ANCOP to participate in the C-IED class.

Avrams heard about the class in January and arranged to meet with the organization running the course, a subcontractor called Ronco International.

“(Ronco) primarily put on classes for the Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Thunder,” said Avrams. “So I said, ‘Hey, how about we do an ANCOP only one?’ And they were all for it.”

The training, conducted at police headquarters for the 4th Bde., ANCOP, consisted of five days of hands-on classes. Topics included enemy tactics, searching for IEDs, assessing the status of a route, reacting to an IED, reporting an IED and identifying the components of an IED.

The course is designed to accomplish two goals. It provides a basic understanding of IEDs and what to do if one is found and teaches each student the skills to conduct a one-day informational course on IED awareness.

The train-the-trainer feature helps to spread IED awareness significantly throughout the province as graduates of the course share the information with others in their unit.

Col. Muhammed, 4th Bde., ANCOP commander, has high hopes for the same outcome in Paktya.

“I hope that my soldiers who participated in this class have learned something, and that they will use the information in their operations,” said Muhammed.

Sgt. Ja Muhammed, a driver in the ANCOP, is determined to share what he has learned during the C-IED course with more than just members of his unit.

“My target was to come here, learn, and after that, go and teach for my friends and other units and other people who live in the village,” said Ja Muhammed.

At the end of the ceremony, graduates packed up the training equipment provided to them as a gift by the instructors and began planning to conduct their first C-IED awareness course.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- A graduate of the first Afghan National Civil Order Police class to finish the counter improvised explosive device awareness train-the-trainer class proudly displays his completion certificate to his classmates during a graduation ceremony at the Paktya provincial police headquarters in Gardez City Feb 17. Each graduate is certified to teach a one-day course on C-IED awareness, a skill they can use to increase the effectiveness of each ANCOP unit. U.S. Army Capt. James Avrams (third from right) from Logan, Iowa, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters platoon, Task Force Lethal, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, initiated the ANCOPs involvement with the C-IED course. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Afghan National Civil Order Police Sgt. Ja Muhammed (far left) listens as Col. Muhammed, the commander of the ANCOP in Paktya Province, congratulates him and stresses the importance of training every soldier possible on the dangers and signs of improvised explosive devices. Muhammed was the first member of the ANCOP to graduate from the counter improvised explosive device awareness train-the-trainer course conducted at the Paktya provincial police headquarters in Gardez City Feb. 17. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)


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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.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

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