News: Talon improves living conditions at ANCOP HQ
Story by Sgt. Ruth Pagan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, have been enhancing the area of the Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade Headquarters, which has improved the quality of life for themselves and their Afghan counterparts.
“I feel good about the progress so far,” said Capt. Jonathan Holm, the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. “We are working on the quality of life.”
There are a few projects in the works, said 1st Sgt. Jeffery Dice, with HHC, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. We are building hardstand buildings for soldiers to live in and a new dining facility. Once those are complete, we will expand the Morale, Welfare and Recreation tent as well as build a couple of gazebos.
“These projects are important for soldiers because they need something to do with their down time to truly unwind so when they are out at the [entrance control point] patrol they can focus,” Holm said.
Task Force Talon is also improving security measures.
“We are improving force protection by getting more cameras, we’ve improved fighting positions within the towers, and we received a body scanner, spike strips and metal detectors,” Holm said.
In addition to construction and security, the soldiers are working with ANCOP to make sure the camp is clean.
“The ANCOP are used to just throwing trash anywhere because that is part of their culture,” said Staff Sgt. John Lamora, the assistant mayor at the ANCOP HQ, with HHC, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. “We have talked with them about cleaning and have moved garbage cans closer to their guard towers and dining facility so that it will be easier for them to remember not to throw it on the ground; so far it’s been working.”
“The ANCOP are working with us to improve the camp because they want the same things we do: better living conditions,” Lamora said.