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Afghan Border Policemen train hard with Ram Soldiers

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Afghan Border Policemen finished their first week of training instructed by soldiers with 40th Engineers Battalion, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during an inaugural two-week training course at a Camp Shaheen compound, April 3.

The Afghan Border Police, or ABP, provide law enforcement at borders and entry points to deter criminal activity and the movement of insurgents into Afghanistan. The force also works to isolate insurgents and criminal groups from external sources of supplies, money and manpower.

Throughout the week, 30 policemen trained to more effectively perform their duties at border crossing points throughout the country.

Soldiers with 40th Engineers and U.S. civilian policemen, at the request of Lt. Col. Kadoos, the ABP training officer with 5th Zone Headquarters, taught their Afghan partners basic, U.S. military and police tactics. The Afghan policemen also trained on arresting techniques and how to identify counterfeit passports.

“Ram” soldiers also taught the policemen how to use cover and concealment against an enemy, react to enemy fire, low and high crawl, and how to tactically scale a wall. The policemen trained in map reading, land navigation and first aid procedures.

“We are able to provide instructors who train these policemen with a one-on-one style of instruction. This gives us the ability to hone in on key areas that will sharpen these policemen into the fighting force we know they can be,” said 2nd Lt. Logan Biggs, a Sturgeon Bay, Wis., native, now the ABP training program officer in charge.

During the last four days of training, the border policemen will go to a local range where trainers will give instructions on how to properly fire their weapons. The primary weapons the policemen use are pistols, AK-47 rifles and PKM machine guns.

Upon completion of the training, policemen will receive certificates during a graduation ceremony.

“All training is good for combat because we can use these techniques to make sure the wrong people don’t gain access to our country or to save our buddies if we come under fire from an enemy,” said Aijus Didn, a noncommissioned officer with the Afghan Border Police.

The 40th Engineers are scheduled to move all training to the new 5th Zone Headquarters compound near Mazar-e Sharif on April 12. This will allow Afghan Security Forces and the soldiers of the battalion to live and train side-by-side in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Article by Sgt. Jazz Burney, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team