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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian TeKippe, a military police officer with the MP platoon attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, from Waukee, Iowa, teaches Afghan National Police recruits proper shooting technique during class as part of a Joint Police Mentor Training with the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team Feb. 26 at Bagram Airfield. Task Force Redhorse and the Korean PRT are a part of the 34th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, TF Red Bulls. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Hansen, Task Force Redhorse)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The automatic rifle fire echoed across the range at Bagram Airfield recently. It was not the familiar pop from an M4 rifle, but a deeper thud of Afghan National Police AK-47 rifles during a culminating event of a two-week training course held by coalition forces Feb. 19 through March 3.



At the end of the course, U.S. Army Soldiers from the military police platoon attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse took a group of 18 Afghan National Police to the range for instruction on safety and marksmanship.   

“We’ve seen remarkable improvement from our students in their confidence, understanding of law enforcement duties and tactical proficiency,” said U.S. Army Spc. Richard Hansen, an instructor from the MP platoon from South Sioux City, Neb.

During the two-week course, the group of 15 Afghan patrolmen and three officers received instruction on law enforcement duties in a combined effort between the U.S. MP platoon and a Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team Police Training Team at Bagram Airfield. Task Force Redhorse and the Korean PRT are a part of the 34th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, TF Red Bulls. 

The MP platoon gave instruction on weapons training, small-group tactics and police survival skills to assist the group of ANP to better protect their province from the threats it currently faces. In addition, the Korean team, made up of 10 instructors from the Korean Federal Law Enforcement Academy, provided daily instruction on police ethics, Afghan law and unarmed self-defense among other classes. 

Working across three language and cultural barriers proved to be a daily challenge, according to course instructors, but with the support of many different groups the students were provided with a great training experience. 

“So long as everyone wants the same outcome, a stronger Afghan Police force, any obstacle can be overcome,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Ross Kriegel, an MP instructor from Greene, Iowa.

Due to the success of the first class, a second course has been scheduled with an increase in class size and duration. The new, three-week format will allow for an expansion of weapon-handling exercises, incorporation of law enforcement criminal response procedures and exercises in crowd control techniques.PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Richard Hansen (standing left), a military police officer with the MP platoon attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, from Sioux City, Iowa, instructs as the Afghan National Police recruits learn basic marksmanship skills as part of a Joint Police Mentor Training with the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team, at Bagram Airfield March 1. Task Force Redhorse and the Korean PRT are a part of the 34th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, TF Red Bulls. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ross Kriegel, Task Force Redhorse) PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Richard Hansen (right), a military police officer with the MP platoon attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, from Sioux City, Iowa, uses an interpreter to give instruction to Afghan National Police recruits on the importance of patrol procedures as part of a Joint Police Mentor Training with the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team, Feb 24 on Bagram Airfield. Both Task Force Redhorse and the Korean PRT are a part of the 34th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Red Bulls. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian TeKippe, Task Force Redhorse)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team instructor teaches Afghan National Police recruits unarmed self-defense during the Joint Police Mentor Training class with the military police platoon attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, Feb. 22 on Bagram Airfield. Task Force Redhorse and the Korean PRT are a part of the 34th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, TF Red Bulls. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian TeKippe, Task Force Redhorse)

 

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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.

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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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