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Afghan Army, Coalition Task Force Spread Security Message

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KABUL, Afghanistan  Soldiers with the 1st Company, 3rd Kandak, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, and Troop A, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, spoke with Sabikhel locals in Parwan province recently about their role in the security of Afghanistan Jan. 19.

“It is important to let the people know that the Afghan government is doing its best to improve the security and continue to develop as a country,” said Naweed Achmad, Afghan National Army platoon sergeant. “My hope for Afghanistan is that it continues to develop, improve its security and everybody gets an education. I want to see Afghanistan grow as a strong country.”

“The ANA platoon sergeant wanted to mobilize people to do the right thing, to support the government in establishing security in the area,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Peter Choi, 1st Platoon leader, Troop A. “He was really calling for that support because he knows that the Afghan National Security Forces can’t fight the insurgency alone, they need the people.”

Task Force Redhorse, which is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, assisted the Afghan Army with security and reinforced their message.

The Afghan army trains with coalition forces every day to improve their ability and understanding of military operations and tactics. But skill will only take them so far in the battle; the support of the people will remain a deciding factor in the war.

During the visit, soldiers with Troop A implemented the hand-held interagency identity detection system to collect biometric data on Afghan locals who worked on nearby Bagram Airfield, along with checking for proper and current identification and paperwork. The system is a biometrics collection tool that helps the U.S. military to quickly identify and track known criminals, making sure they aren’t hiding among the general population.

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