News: Afghan Uniformed Police closer to becoming Provincial Response Company
Story by Sgt. Ruth Pagan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police in the Kandahar Provincial Response Company are taking a high risk operations course taught by the Security Force Assistance Team 2, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
AUP officers must complete an initial four-week course to become qualified to continue PRC training.
“This course prepares the PRC to conduct operations designed to protect the Afghan people from the enemies of Afghanistan,” said Sgt. Preston Haynes, a soldier in SFAT 2.
PRC officers conduct high risk operations and close proximity offensive actions or close quarter battle, which requires the officers to make split-second decisions and take appropriate actions in order to save lives.
“Realistic training like this allows the PRC to capture the enemies of Afghanistan without putting civilians in danger,” said Cpl. Jason Lovejoy, a soldier in SFAT 2.
SFAT 2 trains the AUP to identify and describe the elements of a vehicle borne improvised explosive device, identify and describe the elements of a suicide bomber, recognize dangers of improvised explosive devices and how to react to IEDs. Convoy operations are also taught.
The AUP learn how to do pre-combat checks, convoy formations, rules of engagement while mounted, mounted contact battle drills, recovery operations, and IED awareness and avoidance.
“I feel more confident after this training,” said Abdul Rahman, AUP officer. “I’m more prepared to defend my country.”
The AUP will have to complete a PRC advance course to become proficient and successful PRC officers.
“I am proud to watch the PRC train and improve,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Morris, a soldier in SFAT 2. “These elite soldiers know the risks their job carries and, therefore, train especially hard.”