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 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.
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