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ANA members get familiar with IEDs Master Sgt. Renee Crisostomo

Afghan National Army recruits conduct a thorough area inspection and set up security after dismounting from a simulated patrol during an improvised explosive device awareness class at Camp Hero, southern Afghanistan, April 11, 2012. The five-hour training session educated recruits on recognition, isolation and reporting of IEDs during routine operations.

CAMP HERO, Afghanistan - Insurgents in Afghanistan use a variety of items to make improvised explosive devices, ranging from plastic jugs to cell phones. Afghan National Army recruits are becoming familiar with these methods during regional warrior basic training.

The recruits attended a five-hour IED awareness session taught by the RONCO Consulting Corp., based out of Maryland.

David Bateman, RONCO’s IED mentor and continuation training team leader on Kandahar Airfield, said the course is important for ANA operations.

“For the soldiers, knowing they have some knowledge of the enemy’s current tactics and methodology of IED construction and placement will give them confidence during their patrols,” said Bateman.

About a month ago, this training proved to be useful.

“Afghan National Civil Order Police members attended this course and almost immediately were sent on patrol where they discovered and avoided three devices, potentially saving nine lives,” related Bateman.

“The mentors working with the ANCOP were delighted to see that the training was being applied out on the operational field and informed us of this news,” continued Bateman. “Feedback is always encouraged because it helps up to improve the course where needed.”

Pvt. Abdul Raqib, a 19-year-old recruit from northern Afghanistan, joined the ANA to help rebuild his country.

“I didn’t realize how dangerous IEDs were until I attended this class,” said Raqib. “This is a real benefit because I can help the people in my village recognize IEDs too.”

By the end of April 2012, more than 3,500 Afghan National Security Force members from Kandahar alone will have attended the IED awareness course.


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This work, ANSF members get familiar with IEDs, by MSgt Renee Crisostomo, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.11.2012

Date Posted:04.17.2012 04:20

Location:CAMP HERO, AFGlobe

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