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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Zakiya Sangin (head scarf), a Parliament Attorney, the Parwan Deputy Governor Shawali (center), cut the ribbon across the entrance to the new Parwan Operation Coordination Center–Provincial building, while Maj. Gen. Abdul Nasser Ziayi, the Regional Command-East Operation Coordination Center-Regional commander, U.S. Army Brig. Gen Warren E. Phipps the 101st Airborne Division, Combined Joint Task Force-101 deputy commanding general, and Afghan National Police Lt. Gen. Fazluddin Ayar, the 202 Shamshod ANP Zone Commander (from left to right) watch, during the dedication ceremony at the Parwan OCC-P compound in Charikar, April 7. (By U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Parwan Operation Coordination Center-Provincial compound in Charikar, held a grand opening ceremony April 7 to mark the completion of a remodel and renovation project which started in June 2010.

With Coalition Forces guidance, representatives from the Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Directorate of Security work from the OCC-P to coordinate response efforts and disseminate information and intelligence. The goal is to provide a common operational picture across the Afghan National Security Forces in the province. so agencies can respond to security and emergency situations more effectively.  

“The new operations center will ultimately serve to increase the capability and capacity of the ANSF and OCC-P to conduct provincial planning and security response,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Cunningham, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, OCC-P senior advisor from Fort Dodge, Iowa. “It provides a place for successful, combined forces, tactical operations, allowing us to maintain situational awareness of Parwan Province and a common operational picture, security awareness, consequence management and coordinate ANSF response to emergencies.”

The renovation included construction of new staff offices, barracks for the Afghan representatives who conduct 24-hour operations, a new operations center, an entry control point for the front gate and four new guard towers for the compound.

“The renovation provided good working and living conditions for the staff officers that work here,” said Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Abdul Jalil Rahimi, the OCC-P commander. “Now all can work together in the same compound and operations center.”

The establishment of these operational coordination centers is an important step toward the transition of the security responsibility to the ANSF, he said.

“The equipping of the ANSF is our main goal,” said Shahwali, the Parwan Province sub governor. “According to the agreement with the international community, handover of security responsibility from foreign forces is going on in the current year.”

Successful integration will increase the capabilities of the ANSF forces and increase the confidence of the local people in their ability to keep them safe, Shahwali said.
“A successful Parwan OCC-P will provide for overall better security for the people of Charikar and Parwan,” said Cunningham. “Better security will bring more development and opportunities for jobs, for the local population, ultimately, building the people’s trust and confidence in the local security forces and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Cunningham (Left), the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, Parwan Operation Coordination Center–Provincial senior advisor from Fort Dodge, Iowa, speaks to Afghan National Police Brig. Gen. Mir Jaladeen Jamshed, the Regional Command-East Operation Coordination Center-Regional deputy commander, during the dedication ceremony for the new Parwan OCC-P compound in Charikar, April 7. (By U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Maj. Gen. Abdul Nasser Ziayi, the Regional Command-East Operation Coordination Center-Regional commander, addresses the guests during the dedication ceremony for the new Parwan Operation Coordination Center-Provincial compound in Charikar, April 7. (By U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, 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.

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

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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.   

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.

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

ANSF, TF Bastogne continue operations in Kunar


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.

Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward

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.