The detainees are suspected of managing staging areas throughout the district to traffic insurgents, weapons and other equipment, such as vehicles and communications radios. The suspects surrendered, and the operation ceased without a single shot fired.
At least 12 suspects were released after initial questioning on site, with the remaining individuals turned over to the district’s National Security Directorate.
U.S. Army Spc. Jerry N. Wallace, a gunner with the 850th Transportation Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, prepares to climb into the
mine resistant ambush protected vehicle during preventive maintenance checks and services, Sept. 11, 2013 at Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/Released)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - (Story by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs) The mission is to execute the movement of sustainment and retrograde materiel up and down the most dangerous roads in the world; to support 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) mission in Afghanistan.
After lessons learned due to continued contact with the enemy on the Afghanistan roads, the 157th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in support of Task Force Lifeliner, established a training course to share invaluable knowledge with incoming convoy escort team (CET) units.
“The CET Academy is a program that was derived from experience from other convoy escort teams that have been running the roads of Afghanistan,” said Sgt. 1st Class Juan J. Villalobos, a convoy commander with the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 157th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. “It’s a program to give them (new soldiers) an overview of what to expect when they’re out on the roads.”
Villalobos stated, “What we do is we take specifics that have worked in the country of Afghanistan and that gives them a better understanding of what is going on here.” He added that they don’t really get this updated training when they’re back in the states because everything changes daily.
“The enemy is forever changing,” exclaimed Sgt. David A. Armstrong, a native of Memphis, Tenn., and a truck driver with the 850th Transportation Company, 157th CSSB. Armstrong, as a new Soldier in Afghanistan and taking the training he understands how vital this program can be to understanding their daily mission and the safety precautions that go with their task. He explained that the enemy
has the ability to learn their techniques and their positions during convoys. The way to success is this type of training where one can learn from soldiers who have actually experienced missions on the road and have dealt with the insurgents.
“Personally I have run over 33 missions and I’ll tell you that we did not have this training when we got here back in December,” Villalobos stated. “This program, it’s important, it’s vital and it’ll probably make their life and their job a little bit easier.”
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – (Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Story by Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh)Neighboring district elders and leaders met with provincial officials Sept. 7 in Kandahar province to share security ideas and solutions.
Representatives from Shah Wali Kot, Nesh, Mya Neshin, Arghandab, and Khakrez districts attended the shura.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Habibi, 1st Brigade commander for the Afghan National Army’s 205th Corps,
cited recent security improvements in Arghandab district as an example for others. Arghandab, he said, has remained secure since this summer when NATO and coalition forces retrograded from the area. According to officials, it is more secure than the neighbouring districts.
“Everyone needs to cooperate with each other,” Habibi said. “Arghandab is not secure because it is close to Kandahar city. It is secure, because the people there stopped arguing and started working together.”
Provincial Peace Council Director Atta Mohammad lobbied for non-violent intervention to take away the Taliban’s “most vital resource.”
“Get your young people to the peace shuras,” Mohammad said. “If your sons are fighting for Taliban and other bad groups, get them and take them to the nearest peace shura.”
Volunteers such as Mohammad work extensively with troubled youths to prevent them from joining the Taliban or to influence their leaving the terrorist group. Peace Council shuras aim to increase one’s understanding of Islam, while denouncing Taliban’s skewed beliefs.
“If your son is making a jihad against the government of Afghanistan, and you tell me you cannot get him to stop and come home, then call me and give me his number. I will call him home, and together we can get him to leave the Taliban,” said Mohammad.
“It wasn’t a government or army that defeated the Soviet Union,” Mohammad added. “It was the people that worked together and supported each other that drove them out.”