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    Afghan Air Force MPs, TAAC-Air advisors train on searching, handcuff procedures



    Story by Capt. Edith Sakura 

    438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

    Capt. Eydie Sakura
    438th Air Expeditionary Wing

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Twelve Afghan military police “defenders” completed the third and last phase of training from Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) security forces advisers Aug. 12.

    The Afghan MPs did hands-on searching and handcuffing techniques to certify two Afghan Air Force instructors, and to make their program a sustainable capability for years to come.

    “The Afghan MP’s are expected to [engage in] multiple situations to include handling of suspects in terrorist and criminal incidents, as well as those confined in the Afghan Confinement Facility,” said Capt. Tony Short, TAAC-Air senior security forces advisor. “This requires positive control of suspects, and they formally had no means to do this. Along with providing them this new capability, they needed to be properly trained for their safety, as well as provided the means to make the skillset sustainable.”

    Searching and handcuffing is an extremely detailed and tedious process, and this proved to be no challenge for the Afghan MPs, the Oklahoma-native said.

    “They were eager to learn the new skill while taking the training very seriously and picking up the importance of attention to detail,” he said. “The instructors understood how important their role was and stepped into it with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. As the three phases progressed, both instructors tailored and developed their training techniques to ensure every student was receiving the correct message.”

    The Afghan law enforcement personnel never had this type of training or equipment, such as the handcuffs, before TAAC-Air advisors realized there was a need.

    Short, deployed from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, said his security forces advisor team developed a training plan and identified requirements several months ago to assist their Afghan counterparts.

    “Master Sgt. Daniel Prosymchak was able to fill the void of missing handcuffs, Tech. Sgt. Beau Hansen worked to produce training slides that were properly translated and instructed phase one, while Staff Sgt. Dylan Gillo assisted with the classroom and practical instruction,” Short said. “The Afghan leadership ensured they had personnel ready for class, future instructor’s identified, and stood by our side every step of the way. This class was the epitome of the train, advise and assist mission.”

    Col. [first name withheld] Faridoon, AAF security squadron training officer, said the searching and handcuffing training is good for the MPs on base as it reduces reliance on Coalition training teams and offers the AAF more organic training capabilities.

    “There’s many great experiences in learning new techniques,” he said through an interpreter. “I’d like to see this training for the [non-commissioned officers] in each MP squadron. It’s great training today.”



    Date Taken: 08.12.2015
    Date Posted: 08.14.2015 04:54
    Story ID: 173156
    Location: KABUL, AF 

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