October 19, 2011

ANA joins police in Shah Wali Kot

Release 2011-10-010

SHAH WALI KOT, Afghanistan (Oct. 19, 2011) — Afghan National Army soldiers arrived at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in October to help Afghan Uniformed Police secure more areas inside the Shah Wali Kot district.

The AUP have been conducting patrols, check points, community watch efforts, and air assault clearing missions throughout the district along-side soldiers from 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

SWK is one of the larger districts of Southern Afghanistan, which makes it difficult to have a constant security presence in all areas.

"This adds another great element to the fight and provides even more security to the region" said Lt. Col. David Raugh, commander of 5th Sqdn., 1st Cav. Reg.

The first ANA company arrived to SWK eager to work together with both AUP and International Security Assistance Force units. "We are very glad to have everyone working together to fight the insurgents," said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Salim Ehsas, commander of the 404th AUP. "It is important that we all work together since we all have
the same goals."

Afghan Local Police play a big part in keeping the citizens of SWK safe. "The ALP is a very good program because they know the area and the people better than we do," Ehsas said. "We need more ALP and we are hoping the presence of the ANA will help with recruiting."

Soldiers from 5th Sqdn., 1st Cav. Reg. train the ALP and now they will train the ANA as well on mine detection, basic rifle marksmanship, first aid and signal communications.

"We train all the time," Raugh said. "That is what soldiers do."

The people of SWK already see ANA in their villages, on the roads and in the mountains. There are more ANA soldiers on the way in the very near future. ISAF officials say they are excited to have them here along side the AUP and will work with both partners to make SWK insurgent-free.

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