News: PTDS enhances safety, security in Ghazni
Story by 1st Lt. R.j. Peek
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Since the Precision Threat Detection System surveillance system went into operation over Forward Operating Base Andar in November 2010, insurgents have had a challenge operating against the government of Afghanistan in Ghazni province.
Across Ghazni province, the PTDS camera identified enemy tactics being used, and provided real-time surveillance needed to positively identify enemy combatants in the area.
The PTDS camera system allows 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment to monitor insurgents until it’s safe to kill or capture them. Also, the system can operate in any weather condition allowing for full-time coverage even in the worst conditions.
“The PTDS is extremely effective, but is not a standalone asset,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Strausbaugh, Scout Platoon sergeant from Forstoria, Ohio. “When it is used in conjunction with our other assets, it makes it nearly impossible for the insurgents to hide from us.”
The PTDS provided essential intelligence and surveillance on over half of the enemy fighters Task Force Iron Rakkasan has eliminated since mid-November.
On Jan. 11, surveillance from the PTDS aided Task Force Iron in stopping four armed insurgents. The camera system located a group of insurgents on motorcycles near the village of Shamshay. The task force provided the location and target description to the Attack Weapons Team who engaged the insurgents as they drove through an open field.
“Using the PTDS, the Scouts and the AH-64s from TF Gambler, eliminated another threat to the security of Ghazni province,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat from Delaware, Ohio, commander of 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. “Task Force Iron will continue to use this technique to remove insurgents from this historic insurgent safe haven and increase the influence of the Afghanistan government.”