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PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- The Paktika Afghan Uniformed Police graduated 112 students from the Provincial Training Sustainment Site inPaktika province, eastern Afghanistan, April 9.
This was the ninth class to graduate from the course and its success facilitated another surge of trained policemen to return to their districts through the province to maintain security, said Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment commander, U.S. Army Capt. Josh Powers, lead partner with the Paktika Provincial Police.
The eight-week long TSS course, held in the city of Sharana outside of the Paktika Police Provincial Headquarters, incorporated hand-to-hand combat, rifle marksmanship, multiple classes on standards and discipline, daily drill and ceremony and policing techniques .
Paktika Provincial Governor Abdul Qayum Katawazay gave a speech at the ceremony to recognize the achievements of the graduating students.
“I’m proud to see you graduate. I’m proud to see your discipline and organization,” he said. “To lose sweat in the training zone is to prevent losing blood in the combat zone.”
Powers also spoke at the graduation.
“As you go from this point back out into the community and work directly for (it), you will face many different challenges," he said. "Remember that with the training you received over the past eight weeks, you can face these challenges. You are a direct representative of the government of Afghanistan. As a commander working in the Paktika Province, I am very confident in your training.”
The Governor then honored the top four graduates from the class, and handed out graduation certificates to each of the students.
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