The Afghan Border Patrol in the northern sector of Afghanistan is under constant risk from improvised explosive devices while patrolling its section of the Afghanistan border.
Task Force Outlaw, part of Joint Task for Empire, worked in conjunction with members of Task Force Paladin, to conduct counter-IED training for agents of the north ABP at the Joint Regional Afghan National Police Center in late September.
Forward Support Company, 120th Engineer Battalion, provided instructors, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Vernnon and Staff Sgt. John Shaner, and a personal security detail consisting of Staff Sgt. Garrett Duke and Pfc. Stephen Fadden. This task force was assigned to train eleven ABP officers on C-IED equipment operations to better support their mission.
Master Sgt. Jason Mullennix, the JRAPC point of contact, applauded the efforts of the task force by saying, “Your guys did a hell of a job with the Afghans. The training ended being a first class event and the Afghans are better off for it.”
The ABP said they were truly grateful for all of the support and training they received, especially so because this training will allow them to save the lives of those they serve with and be a more effective tool on the battlefield.
Article by Spc. J. Alex Klein, 120th Engineer Battalion - Task Force Outlaw