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Afghan National Army holds Senior Security Shura focused on logistics Story by Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM-SPO PAO KABUL, Afghanistan – Senior military and logistics leaders from the Afghan National Army, with some help from Regional Support Command-Capital and Deputy Command of Support Operations mentors, gathered for a logistics Shura Sept. 29 at one of the national-level logistics warehouses known as ‘Depot 0’ in Kabul. See LOGSHURA on p. 6-7
Participants of the Sept. 29 Senior Security Shura focused on ANSF logistics listen attentively to a speaker . Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM SPO PAO 1
TABEL OF CONTENTS: P. 1 & 4-5: Afghan National Army holds Security Shura focused on logistics P. 2-3: From our leaders P. 6: First 2012 class of ANP officers graduate in Kandahar P. 7: A day in the life of an ANA recruit in Helmand P. 8: Kandahar, Helmand doctors meet to mend collective concerns
P. 9 & 14: Featured coalition Partner P. 10-11: Training center transitions to Afghan control P. 12-13: Mentors invite ANA to participate in Army TenMiler shadow run P. 15: Medical shura brings three parties together P. 16: ANP in a box P. 17: RSC-N photo medley P. 18-20: Around the battlefield
From our leadership DCOM-SPO Team, The month of October is in the history books; it is now time to reflect on some of our great accomplishments. We have seen a lot of our service members getting promoted to the next higher rank. Congratulations to all of you! Being promoted to any grade in our services is an honor which allows you more of an opportunity to mentor others and assist them to the next level, "Build the Bench" and serve our great Nation. Camp Eggers had its' first Annual Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run with over 200 runners in attendance. It was a great event that was sponsored by our MRW team, our volunteers and Base Support Group staff. The run here at this tiny post of Camp Eggers took 16 laps around the camp, with cheering fans and runners edging each other on. The 16th Sustainment Brigade is starting to penetrate the DCOMSPO ranks as they start their ‘left seat, right seat ride’ of this operation. We will do a Transfer of Authority ceremony on November 30th, to officially pass on the responsibilities held by members of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command to the incoming members of the 16th Sustainment Brigade. The Team of 16th SBDE are highly-trained professional ready to take on the task. Team DCOM-SPO with a sprinkle of the 13th ESC is prepared to assist the 16TH in all ways possible as they continue to raise the standards. Our monthly morale booster, the "Halloween SPOoktacular”, was a hit as these events have been every month since we started doing them at Camp Eggers. Unfortunately there's no such thing as "a day off in the combat zone", because the enemy gets a vote. BG LeMasters and I believe in working hard and we also believe in, as he would say, "laughing at yourself". We all must make some time to reenergize our batteries. The morale boosters, leader's dinners, ethnic observance celebrations are just a few ways to allow a little fun. Towards the end of October, we attended a Afghan National Security Force Logistics Development Conference that illustrated the Afghan leaders are prepared and ready to take the lead. We as a coalition team are a powerful combination with a wealth of talent and knowledge and we have to continue assisting them, making them and their units more independent and self sufficient. For those of you who are just arriving here and those who are about to leave, I have some words of caution: it is usually the very first days after you arrive in theater, and the time you are about to go home or just arrived home, when unexpected things may happen to you. Be patient and stay level-headed. I need you to be alert on and off duty. If you are unsure about something, ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Last and most important of all, Team DCOM-SPO, you are the reason for our success that includes our Armed Forces, Contractors, DOD civilian and our Coalition Partners; everyone is making some sort of a sacrifice. We are all separated from our families; we all work in a dangerous environment. I want to commend all of you for your service and support. It is all about you believing in yourself as a valued member of this team and organization. I continue to challenge each and every one of you to be part of the solution; anyone can throw salt. Once Again, I'm honored to serve in my capacity as the DCOM-SPO CSM, "BESIDE YOU", you are the reason for our success. CSM Terry E. Parham Sr. DCOM-SPO/13TH ESC CSM 2
DCOM-SPO/13th ESC Team, as we roll into November there are several priorities that I need you to focus on, First, the arrival of the 16th Sustainment Brigade ADVON marks the beginning of the transition of responsibilities from the 13th ESC members of the staff. If you haven't looked at the 90-Day plan, please review it. Ensure your continuity books, SOPs, POC lists and your "to-do" lists are transferred to your replacements. Spend time talking about these areas that require focus and are not complete. You have established checklists and you will conduct briefings on the transition. You are the key to ensuring that the 16th SB replacements understand their new mission. DCOM-SPO is continuing work on transition of fuel management responsibilities. The next major event is the signing of a memorandum of understanding which spells out responsibilities of various Ministries involved with this important function. The hard work of the Logistics Operations fuel team has laid the way ahead for our Afghan partners to take over the management of approximately 1/3 of the total fuel requirements for the MOD and MOI. Additionally, CW2 Upshaw and the MRB team have laid the ground work for another increase in the stockage levels for Class IX repair parts for the ANA. Through Operation Steel Storm- we will see more repair parts arriving over the winter months- with a goal of higher stockage levels within the Kandaks all the way to the Regional Logistics Support Commands. The analysis supporting this effort will also be used to layout the plan for ordering parts for the ANP. Class IX repair parts are critical to enabling the ANSF organic maintenance program. The work of RSC-C and ANA Logistics Command has made improvements in the frequency of the distribution convoys supporting the ANA. The combined work of our advisors and with the support of the Logistics Command Commander, BG Basir, the number of Central Movement Agency convoys has increased and the time between convoys was reduced. This will have a marked impact on the support provided to the ANA and will go a long way to improving the confidence the ANA leadership has in the logistics system you are developing. Other areas we are working on include transition of Class V (ammunition) management, increased emphasis on the management of the ANA and ANP maintenance contracts, finalizing the transition timelines for the organic maintenance capabilities for both the ANA and ANP and the final planning by RSC-C for the consolidation of the Kabul contractor operated Depots and the TMSI lot into Depot 0 (ANA Central Supply Depot).....plus many, many other items. As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to fall, don't go into hibernation! Keep going to the gym and stay fit. Eat right and take care of yourself, with the hours that you keep- it’s important that each of you make time for some good PT and good food to keep your batteries charged! "Shohna-ba-Shohna!" شاهنه به شاهنه BG Clark LeMasters DCOM-SPO/13th ESC Commander NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan 3
LOGSHURA from p. 1. The purpose of the Shura was to inform ANA commanders on the capabilities of the national level logistics system and to provide a forum for discussion on national logistics processes and priorities. Among the invitees were all ANA Corps commanders and senior logistics managers, as well as the Afghan Interior Minister and senior leaders from the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) headquarters. Afghan Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Muhammadi addressed participants of the Afghan Na“The message we are tional Army Senior Security Shura Sept. 29 at Depot 0, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Senior logistics leadtrying to get across here is ers from the ANA came together to discuss logistics processes, accomplishments and challenges. The Afghan Interior Minister and senior International Security Assistance Forces personnel also all the progress we have attended the conference to obtain visibility on the state of the ANA logistics systems. Once the conmade in logistics for the ference was complete, participants had a guided tour of Depot 0, to show them where some of the ANA,” said US Navy Capt. Class IX spare parts originate from at the national level and to familiarize them with the orders William B. Mattimore, logis- process. Photo by US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM-SPO/NTM-A PAO tics command advisor from RSC-Capital. “They have come a long way. This boots. They have 21,000 personnel assigned, but is an opportunity to show the rest of the ANA, the only have 3,000 boots to issue to his soldiers; chain of command and the ministers, how far we therefore, his corps needs more boots. have come, and how efficient these warehouses Other commanders raised the issue of the are.” Mattimore sees clear progress in ANA logis- lack of Tashkil (authorization table for personnel tics development and thought it was very impor- and equipment)-authorized transportation assets, tant to bring Afghan leaders together and organ- the need for more living areas or containers, or ize this senior logistics conference. not receiving an annual logistics plan from higher “We have been building the ANA, increasing headquarters. our numbers, it is now time that we focus on Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Hotak, Army quality, not quantity,” said the Assistant Defense Support Command commander, briefed about Minister for Acquisition, Technology and Logisthe roles and responsibilities of ASC. Some of tics, Lt. Gen. Abdul Hamid Mohebullah through the subordinate ANA commanders are still not an interpreter during his opening remarks. “In or- fully aware of this relatively new department in der to provide security and peace for our people, the Ministry of Defense, said Hotak. we have to get the right logistics at the right He further explained about the Regional Loplace, at the right time”, he said. gistics Support Commands, which provide supThe 203rd Afghan National Army Corps Com- port to the ANA corps in their individual areas of mander, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Yaftali, provided operation, however fall under ASC command. an update on their maintenance readiness, stat- Hotak also explained how the RLSCs support the ing that 80 percent of their Ford Rangers are op- ANA corps focusing on three major areas, which erational. Several things are going well within his are materiel management, supply distribution and corps, he said, however there is a shortage of maintenance support. some Class II (clothing) items, more specifically One of the updates provided during the 4
conference came from the Logistics and Materiel Readiness chief, Maj. Gen. Abdullah, who explained in detail about how the MOD14 ordering form process will be expedited and simplified in the near future. The main change being that the form will require the signatures of fewer managers between the unit where the order is placed and the regional or national depots where the order is filled. This topic attracted quite a few questions from the Afghan invitees, and it also attracted the interest of Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Muhammadi, who supported making the process shorter and more effective. Attendees left the conference with plenty of handout materials and laminated smart cards that contained quick reference charts on logistics processes, to include the simplified MOD14 processing. Upon completion of the conference, organizers took the participants on a walking tour of one of the national-level warehouses, to show them the Class IX (spare and repair parts) warehouse, explain the shipping process and allow the ANA leaders an opportunity to ask questions. The MOI plans to organize follow on conferences at least once a quarter, as it was stated during the event. Because of the discussions during the conference, Lt. Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the chief of staff of the Afghan Army called a second session on the following day for all commanders and logistics chiefs (G4s) to further discuss the logistics issues of the ANA.
ABOVE: Senior leaders from the Afghan National Army take a tour of an ANA national logistics warehouse on Sept. 29, after an ANA Senior Security Shura in Kabul, Afghanistan. The shura focused on logistics issues and development. The tour aimed to show corps commanders and regional logistics managers where supplies originate from in the capital region. Photo by US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM-SPO/NTM-A PAO
ABOVE: Afghan National Army corps commanders and senior logistics leaders arriving to the ANA's Senior Security Shura focusing on logistics stop by a table displaying free issue items, before entering the conference room on Sept. 29 at Depot 0, Kabul, Afghanistan. Conference organizers wanted to raise awareness about the availability of some of the supplies that can be helpful equipping the force and assist in winterization of base camps. These supplies are slated to be moved from one national depot to another, and to avoid moving them twice, once to the new location and for the second time as they are being issued to the units, organizers hoped to receive on the spot orders and be able to deliver the items from their current locations to the units in need of these supplies. Photo by US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM-SPO/NTM-A PAO 5
First 2012 class of Afghan National Police officers graduate in Kandahar Province By Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Pitts, RSC RSC--South Unit Public Affairs Representative CAMP NATHAN SMITH, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police graduated new officers who have just completed the officer candidate school here Sept. 20, 2012. Most of the 69 officers are from Spin Boldak, a border town near Pakistan, while the rest of the officers are from Kandahar City. The six-month-long course which began back in April covered a wide range of police instruction from ethics, rule of law, civil rights, self defense, Afghan constitution, tactical weapons, and leadership in law enforcement. The latest class to graduate from the ANP OCS program is the first class to have graduated from the entirely Afghan-led course without coalition support or help of advisors, which marks a milestone for the ANP. It is also the sign of gradual transition from coalition forces to Afghan control. “This was the first course the Afghans led
without support from the coalition – their determination, resilience and passion reflected their determination to see their nations succeed,” said Staff Sgt. Jeffery Guzman, the Kandahar Training Center noncommissioned officer in charge. Many of the new officers will have to overcome some obstacles, as they begin working in their jobs. “The increased position comes with increased responsibility,” said Col. Christopher Reed, the Regional Support Command-South Commander as he addressed the graduating class, explaining that there will be challenges and they, as leaders must lead by example. The successful graduation of the new ANP officers this shows that the ANP are able to sustain themselves with providing instructors and conducting the training at their academies to further continue bolstering their ranks and contributing to the security of the Kandahar province.
Hiji Torjhan, the landowner of Camp Nathan Smith congratulates one of the graduating officers and presents him with his certificate Sept. 20, during a graduation ceremony. The six-month long course graduated 69 police officers. US Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Pitts
A day in the life of an Afghan National Army recruit in Helmand By Bill Putnam, RSC RSC--Southwest Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Haney, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry Regiment, takes an iris scan of an Afghan National Army recruit during the biometrics phase of ANA induction at the Regional Military Training Center Southwest in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 23. Danish Army Warrant Officer BT, takes the finger prints of an Afghan National Army recruit during the biometrics phase of ANA induction at the Regional Military Training Center Southwest in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 23. Just over 1,000 recruits recently arrived to begin the nine-week ANA Regional Basic Warrior Training at RMTC-SW. Biometric screening is one of the steps to vet and screen all recruits in the Afghan National Security Forces. U.S. Army photos by Bill Putnam, Regional Support Command Southwest PAO
ABOVE: An Afghan National Army recruit rinses his chai cup before getting in line for lunch at the Regional Military Training Center Southwest Sept. 23. BELLOW: Afghan National Army recruits wash their hands in a hurry before getting lunch at Regional Military Training Center Southwest .
An ANA recruit takes his tray of food for lunch during one of his first days of in processing at the Helmand Province Regional Military Training Center Sept. 23. He will soon start nine weeks of basic training with approximately 1000 of his classmates. 7
Kandahar, Helmand doctors meet to mend collective concerns By Sgt. Ashley Curtins, 111th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP HERO, Afghanistan -Afghan war casualties rely on the medical evacuation services and expertise of a broad range of Afghan medical and civilian medical professionals. Doctors representing the full spectrum of medical groups here came together recently to answer one big question about these patients: What more can we do to give them the best care possible? Doctors from the Afghan National Army, Afghan Air Force and Afghan National Police, as well as Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Dr. Sayed Azim Hussaini, Kandahar Regional Military Hospital’s commanding their Afghan civilian colofficer, speaks at a medical shura held at Camp Hero, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2012. Doctors from the leagues from Helmand and Afghan National Army, Afghan Air Force, and Afghan National Police, as well as civilian doctors from Afghanistan’s southern and southwestern regions met to discuss various topics, including how to logisKandahar provinces came tically make the medical evacuation process smoother and more efficient for Afghanistan’s war together for a two-day wounded. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ashley Curtis, 111th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment medical shura, better known as a conference to the west- shared what they had observed and having another one.” ern world, in order to share their learned about several other topics, International Security Assisexperiences and tackle medical is- including immunizations, orthope- tance Force (ISAF) partners echoed sues head on, Oct. 10-11, 2012. dic injuries and surgical wound Azim Hussaini’s sentiment and said Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Dr. care. they were proud of the Afghan NaSayed Azim Hussaini said the disThe doctors in attendance came tional Security Force medical comcussion surrounding improved ways from hospitals including the Kanda- munity’s growing self-sufficiency. to help medics smoothly evacuate har Regional Military Hospital and "[The Afghans] developed [the troops off the battlefield was the smaller troop medical clinics shura] and they executed it," said most important topic of conversa- throughout the region. Representa- U.S. Army Lt. David Cole, 3rd Intion at the event. tives from the Kandahar Medical fantry Division and Regional ComAttendees examined logistics School and Afghanistan’s Ministry mand (South) division surgeon and maneuvers and communication in- of Public Health also participated in mentor to KRMH personnel. "A volved with ambulance and helithe discussion. key thing that did not happen at this copter retrieval of patients as well The attendees considered the shura was any mention of needing as the training medics receive to event a success. ISAF assistance. Truly, this medicare for casualties. “It went very well,” Azim Hus- cal shura is a shining example of Along with extensive discussaini said. “It was one of the best Afghan National Security Forces in sion surrounding battlefield evacua- medical shuras in Afghanistan. In the lead in Regional Command tion, the medical professionals also three months, we’re planning on South." 8
OCTOBERâ€™S FEATURED C OA L I T I O N PA R T N E R S I M O N J. C H A R N O C K What service do you serve in, in the United Kingdom? I am a Logistician in the Royal Navy, and have previously served in Aircraft Carriers (Her Majesty's Ships ARK ROYAL and INVICNIBLE) and Destroyers (HMS LIVERPOOL and YORK); as well as numerous joint organisations such as the UK Defence Support Chain and the Joint Helicopter Command. Where are you stationed in the UK? I live in Bristol in the South West of England. It is a grand old city which used to be a wealthy port trading tobacco and ceramics - now it is a great night out, with good music and lots of pubs. What was your job, duties and responsibilities at home before you deployed? Before I deployed to Afghanistan I worked in the UK's logistics and acquisition Headquarters (Defence Equipment and Support) in Bristol. I was on the ops team planning the deployment of Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs), ammunition and urgent spares to support British Forces around the world. This included Helmand province, but also the recent Operation in Libya, as well as Royal Navy Ships around the world. How long have you served in the Royal Navy? I have served in the Royal Navy for eight and a half years. What do you do now in DCOM SPO? I work in the J5 shop, developing future plans and concepts for the ANP logistics system. This is the first time I have done J5 plans, so it is proving quite the learning experience. How many times have you been deployed, to what locations? Besides numerous deployments with Ships, my last operational tour was working with a team in Ramallah in the West Bank. We were developing the capacity of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces and working with partners from the US, Canada, Netherlands and Germany (among others). I leant a lot from that tour which is proving useful here. Land based deployments are very different to Ships, but one of the advantages is you have the time in one place to build up a rapport with the country in which you are working. When did you arrive to Afghanistan and how long are you staying? I arrived in mid-August in the heat, and will depart in mid-February in the cold. A mere six months I am afraid. What are the challenges and benefits of working with other coalition forces? We have a lot to learn from each other. Once I recovered from initial shock of capture, I have really enjoyed working in a US led organisation. There have been lots of jokes, given and taken about out long history of working together, including something about 1776 (which we didn't lose by the way, we just recognised your right to independence). Besides this, I have enjoyed working with French and Canadian (and French Canadian) colleagues. I have made some good friends who I hope to stay in contact with in the future. What do you find rewarding about your job? Firstly the people I have met. I have made some good friends among my work-mates and heard some really interesting stories. Secondly, any opportunity I get to get outside the wire and work with Afghans. It is great privilege to make my tiny contribution to helping them rebuild their country and secure a future for themselves. See COALITION on p. 14 9
Training center transitions to Afghan control despite attack near facility killing two By US Navy Lt. David P. Varney, RSC RSC--W/NTM W/NTM--A Unit Public Affairs Representative ADRASKAN, Afghanistan – Adraskan National Training Center (ANTC) formally transitioned to Afghan National Police (ANP) control at a ceremony held at the facility Sept. 29, despite a nearby attack killing one civilian, one ANP Officer and wounding another. This day could have put a shadow on the pending transition that occurred only hours after the attack. Instead, it galvanized the attendees. Prior to the beginning of the ceremony, participants observed a moment of silence and listened to a Muslim prayer. Each keynote speaker remarked of the sacrifices that had been made by the coalition and the Afghans. “Our Police are ready to take responsibility for this facility, and for this country, even if it takes our lives. These men and this ceremony demonstrates that,” said Maj. Gen. Mashooq Silab, Afghan Ministry of Interior training commander in his speech. Silab also expressed his appreciation for the coalition for their efforts. “Ten years ago, we (ANP) didn’t have any facilities. Now we have 11 permanent facilities in Afghanistan with the help of the International Security Assistance Forces. You have helped in many ways, working shoulder to shoulder with us, but the biggest contribution is the training centers, like ANTC, and we will never forget that. It is our responsibility to take care of this facility and to maintain it. On behalf of the Ministry of Interior, we thank you, and we will always remember what you have done,” said Silab. Members of Regional Support Command West (RSC-W), tasked with the transition of ANTC to their Afghan partners also attended the ceremony with US Army Col. Keith Detwiler, RSC-W commander and his base transition staff in the lead. Also attending were ANP ANTC Commander Col. Fazi Ahmad Khalili and the Italian Carbinieri training and mentoring cadre. Detwiler, speaking just prior to the official transition documents being signed said, “This
Afghan National Training Center (ANTC) Commander Afghan National Army Col. Fazi Ahmad Khalili raises the Afghan flag to symbolize the transition of the base to Afghan control at a ceremony held at the facility on Sept. 29. US Navy photo by Lt. David P. Varney, Regional Support Command-West/NTM-A Public Affairs Representative
event marks the continued progress of transition in western Afghanistan. This progress is because of (ANP) Col. Khalili and (Italian Carabinieri) Lt. Col. Lingeri, their staff, instructors and mentors here. This progress comes at a very high cost, and we are reminded of this cost with the loss of life today. We will mourn their loss and vow to never forget them by continuing the work they started to bring peace and stability to the people of Afghanistan.” Detwiler concluded his remarks by looking to the future. “This is a very proud day. However, the proudest days are yet to come. Five, ten,
US Army Col. Keith Detwiler, Regional Support Command-West commander and Afghan National Police Col. Fazi Ahmad Khalili, Adraskan National Training Center commander, shake hands after transitioning the training center to Afghan control in a ceremony held at the site Sept. 29. US Navy photo by Lt. David P. Varney, Regional Support Command-West/NTMA Public Affairs Representative
twenty years from now, ANTC will continue to produce well trained police for Afghanistan. The coalition and our Afghan partners will always reflect on our past, but we must focus on our future… and that future is the peace and stability for the people of the great nation of Afghanistan.” US Army Capt. Frank Moy RSC-W base transition logistics advisor, who has transitioned several facilities to our Afghan partners remarked about the comprehensive process of transition. “Transitioning bases involves far more than simply tossing our Afghan partners the keys and wishing them luck,” Moy said. “It is a deliberate, thorough, and transparent process during which we ensure that the issues and concerns of all stakeholders are hammered out long before the turnover documents are signed." "It was great working with our Afghan partners, and with
RSC-W colleagues US Army Maj. Jeffrey Marsteller and Lithuanian army Lt. Col. Gintaras Vidzickas on the Adraskan Transition,” said Moy. “The relationships and trust that we forged with Col. Khalili and his staff were invaluable as we worked together to develop solutions to challenges inherent in the transition process. It was certainly an interesting and fun experience." Khalili emphasized the quality of training his staff will give to their students at ANTC. “My hope is that the quality of this facility represents the quality of output month after month from this facility,” said Khalili. “Most important are the trainees: when they come in, they know nothing. Here they will learn everything. After four months, they will enforce the rule of law to provide for a stable and secure future for Afghanistan.” Khalili concluded his remarks, likening the training cen11
ter and the mentorship they’ve received from their coalition mentors to the Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” ANTC is a $12.4 million compound that provides training site for the staff and students of the Afghan National Police (ANP), and Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) as well as additional facilities for training Afghan National Police recruits. Over 2,000 recruits are trained annually at the facility in specialized areas of law enforcement to include criminal investigation and special weapons and tactics. The compound includes an administration building, barracks, dining facility, and training facility.
Mentors invite ANA Soldiers to participate in Army Ten-Miler shadow run By Capt. Monika Comeaux, NTM-A/DCOM-SPO PAO CAMP EGGERS, KABUL, Afghanistan – Seven Afghan National Army soldiers working for the ANA Army Support Command and subordinate units had the opportunity to participate in the Army Ten-Miler shadow run here Oct.7. The ANA soldiers were invited by US Army Sgt. Maj. Jerry Charles, the senior noncommissioned officer of the future operations section of Deputy Command of Support Operations, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, and senior enlisted logistics mentor for the ANA’s Army Support Command. “Command Sgt. Maj. Muhebullah (ASC senior noncommissioned officer) and I discussed his soldiers’ participation in the event in August,” said Charles. “His intent was to extend the invitation to each Regional Logistics Support Command to provide one or two soldiers to participate. Only soldiers from the ASC headquarters in Kabul par-
Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Maj. Muhebullah, the senior noncommissioned officer of the ANA's Army Support Command, pins a bib on one of his soldiers Oct. 7, Army Ten-Miler shadow run. to participate in the run. Photo by US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM-SPO PAO
ticipated in previous events.” Fort this event, two RLSCs sent soldiers to participate, and that demonstrates my fellow sergeant major’s leadershipreach, added Charles. It took some organization, but after getting his commander to sign a letter authorizing the participation in the run, the units were eager to line up their best soldiers, said Muhebullah. “Four of them are from my headquarters; two of them came from Gardez and one from Kandahar,” he said. The day of the race the ANA soldiers showed up in outfits reflecting the colors of the Afghan national flag. The soldiers were applauded by the close to 200 runners in front of the NTM-A headquarters, as they joined them at the start line. Coalition runners like US Army Capt. Nicole Gray, the DCOM SPO battle captain welcomed the idea of having our Afghan partners run in the race. “I like having the opportunity to have them participate in something that is just not related to our goals here. It's nice to see them getting to do something fun.” Gray participated in a total of six runs before, but all shorter than the ten-mile shadow run. She stuck to a training program to prepare for this particular competition. She ran with a battle buddy who she kept talking to and also used a Global Positioning Device watch to track her laps and not to lose count. ANA soldier Monir Khan, a medic from Regional Support Command-East under the ANA Army Support Command on the other hand said his unit’s rigorous physical fitness program was his train-up for the race. “I have always been ready to run,” said Monir through an interpreter. “Every morning my unit conducts physical fitness training… some days we run 20 kms,” he said with a proud smile. He tried to ‘tailgate’ some faster runners in the competition, to keep a good pace.
ABOVE: Afghan National Army soldier Monir Khan, a medic from the ANA's Regional Support Command-East gives his all during the Camp Eggers Army TenMiler shadow run Oct. 7. Khan said he is in good shape because he conducts physical fitness training every day with his unit. He stated that at times, his unit has run 20 kms. Photo by US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM-SPO PAO RIGHT: Afghan National Army soldiers and Deputy Command of Support Operations Soldiers pose for a photo Oct. 7 at Camp Eggers, upon completion of the Army TenMiler Shadow run. Some of the ANA Soldiers serve in Kabul, while others came from Regional Support Command South and East to participate in the run. Both parties agreed that it was a good team-building event and a good way to enhance cooperation. Photo by US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOMSPO/NTM-A PAO 13
Charles said Muhebullah was very appreciative of the invite for his soldiers to participate in the run. “The Soldiers from the RLSC appreciated the opportunity to visit Kabul and their headquarters, but most of all compete in a coalition event,” said Charles. All but one ANA soldier completed the event in less than 78 minutes, he added. Charles thinks that combined sporting events are a “great resource to further partnership, reearn host nation trust” and to provide an opportunity for his counterpart to motivate his soldiers. “The gains of these types of events and opportunities with our ANA and Afghan National Police counterparts are immeasurable,” he said. “Maybe in time we could have an ANA and US Army football or volleyball competition,” recommended Muhebullah. “It would be great for them to have more interaction and more communication with each other…This is a good thing for both the ANA and the US Army,” said Muhebullah in conclusion.
COALITION continued from p. 9. What new things have you learned so far, if anything, since you joined the SPO team? I think I have leant a lot about being a planner - my boss might disagree with me. Otherwise, I can now recognise American regional accents, and almost sit through a whole American football game. Where do you hope to see Afghanistan in 10 or 20 years down the road? Stable, self-sustaining and most importantly peaceful. The future of Afghanistan will depend on the quality and skills of the people who live here. The Afghans I have worked with are proud, resourceful and committed, so I am hopeful for their future. What do you miss most about home? Marmite and butter on toast; proper football instead of American football; and English cask ale in a country pub on a cold day. What would you want others to know about your country? Probably that I am one of a long line of British Servicemen to have worked in Afghanistan. The thing about being British is wherever you go in the world you find that your ancestors have interfered at some point. What "American" or "Australian" expressions have you learned since you arrived here? I have learned a great deal about talking to people from the former colonies - but my favourite was an Australian abbreviating ambulance to 'ambo' in a General Officer briefing. Needless to say the General had no idea what he was talking about!
Regional Support Command Command--South Transfer of Authority Between Sgt. Maj. Timothy Alston and Sgt. Maj. Carl Bellard
October 23, 2012
Medical shura brings three parties together By Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Vincent P. Escanlar, Medical Training Advisor "Life and death are in the hands of God - but health is in the hands of doctors". Opening the first-ever North Medical Command Leadership Regional Conference for military, police and civilian medical leaders in Northern Afghanistan, the deputy governor of Balkh province Fiaz Habibullah set the stage: it's up to Afghanistan's medical professionals to improve the well-being of the nation. The two-day shura of 16-17 October 2012 brought together the region's senior Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP) and Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) commanders and leaders. It was an opportunity to highlight each organizationâ€™s recent accomplishments, ranging from the record 3,500 vaccinations provided by the MoPH for travelers to the Hajj in Mecca, the successful management of two back-to-back mass casualty events by the ANA's Regional Military Hospital in July, to the ANP's establishment of new regional clinics. Coalition advisors underscored the importance of the Afghans' initiative in making progress. "Do not ever forget the significant progress you have made in the past few years", said German Army Col. Jens Diehm, Medical Advisor for the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command - North. "We had a good example yesterday [after an ANA patrol struck a roadside bomb]: though ISAF helicopters picked up the casualties, it was the regional hospital that treated them. The Regional Medical Hospital [North] has proven itself capable, absolutely capable, of managing even [the most serious] category A patients." As Afghanistan continues to rebuild after over 30 years of war and the resulting ongoing challenges in supplies, education and personnel, cooperation across the country's medical professionals will be key to success. "Think of a cord, woven of three individual strands", explained Colonel David Johnson, Medical Training Advisory Team Lead to the Afghan regional medical commander.
"The three strands, woven together, are exponentially stronger. If you can bring the ANA, ANP and MoPH system together, there's nothing you can't accomplish." The shura also provided an open platform for the three Afghan regional organizations to speak frankly about their challenges ahead - an opportunity that their leaders quickly took up. Colonel Kohbandi, ANA 209th Corps Surgeon, laid bare his frustrations about medical records: "Our clinic has been ordering patient charts for the past nine months, and Kabul keeps telling us they are on the way. I don't know to believe if they have been sent, or if they even exist!" Though sometimes heated, the passionate, no-holds-barred discussion between senior leadership reflected their commitment towards their common goal: better health care for all Afghans, whether civilian, police or military. Diehm lauded the Afghans' growing approach to open discussion and collective solutions. "Talking frankly and passionately about problems, and solutions, is key", he explained. "I am very encouraged by the discussion at this shura - it is something refreshing that even we in my home need to be better at." Although some broad common hurdles remain that must be addressed above and beyond the regional level, as challenges were mentioned the Afghan leaders agreed on ways they can meet them together. ANA Brig. Gen.Sultan Gul Totakhil, Regional Command North medical commander, committed to helping his ANP counterpart with oxygen supplies using the regional hospital's new oxygen generator. As the deputy director for the local public health district highlighted his gratitude for the ANA's assistance with patient evacuations during a recent flood, the message was clear: cooperation between civilian, police and military medical services is already bearing fruit for Afghanistan. Integration of women into Afghanistan's plans for health care is also mak15
ing progress. The regional hospital's women's division was well-represented at the leadership conference, with about a dozen female physicians and nurses invited to attend. The health district's deputy director highlighted family planning teaching sessions - 200 in the past year - a public health initiative empowering women in Northern Afghanistan. With now 110 female physicians in practice - one-third of the region's doctors joining 80 midwives, with another 50 in training, the gender gap in the Afghan medical profession is closing. As progress and development continue to come to Afghanistan, Diehm reminded the Afghan leaders that cooperation is not only about delivering medical care. "The ANA medical system is the best service in Afghanistan; the civilian system remains undeveloped," he observed. "The inequalities between the two systems may lead to social tensions between soldiers and civilians. Cooperation may help not only improve services, but also improve relationships between civilians and the military in the North." The ANA Camp Shaheen's garrison commander agreed. "If [the ANA] can help the people, they will help us back", he suggested, proposing that civilians living in the camp's vicinity may be forthcoming with tips about suspicious activity around the base if they had access to ANA medical care. Although the general Afghan population is not entitled to non-emergency medical care by the ANA, Totakhil noted the past history of ANA medical outreach to local civilians, and suggested that if national leaders allow it, it could be an opportunity to explore. Addressing the overarching concern in the room, Diehm spoke to the coalition withdrawal in 2014. "We will continue", he said, "to stand by our Afghan partners throughout the upcoming time. We will remain as a fall back assistance when you need us. But it is also important for us to give you and see you take the chance to lead."
Afghan Local Police receives pre pre--configured cloting and equipment shipments By US Army Capt. Monika Comeaux, DCOM DCOM--SPO/NTM SPO/NTM--A PAO KABUL, Afghanistan – The first of several “Afghan Local Police in a box” shipments left the Afghan National Police Central Warehouse in Kabul Oct. 14, arriving to its destination on Oct. 17. The pre-configured clothing and equipment shipments are transported from the capital to the ANP’s Regional Logistics Centers, and there they wait untouched in a sealed container until the gaining unit shows up to sign for them. The issues of certain ALP units not getting their allotted equipment arouse from discussions with the regional commands and battlefield circulations to certain areas, said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Laurie Moore, the supplies and services branch chief in the DCOM SPO Logistics Operations Cell. The issue was also indicated by some of the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan and NTM-A’s Deputy Command of Special Operations Forces teams, said U.S. Army Capt. Ian Worcester, the chief advisor to the ANP Central Warehouse/Interim Logistics Facility. “The supplies were not recognized as ALP and were joined with the large inventory, this creating obstacle to further distribution,” said Worcester. DCOM SPO hosted a series of meetings identifying the problem at the RLC-level. During these meetings someone raised the idea of packaging ALP orders in a manner similar to medical supplies; packaged and sealed, specific for each unit, added Worcester. The supplies shipped in this
manner include Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment items like uniforms, boots, Tshirts and socks, said Moore. The shipments may also contain weapons, ammunition and medical supplies, depending on what the gaining unit needs, she added. The special An employee at the Afghan National Police Central Warehouse packs operations advi- Afghan Local Police uniforms in a crate in early October. The uniforms are part of a pre-configured load that was pushed to one of the police sors provide zones to equip the ALP. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Ian Worcester, chief Moore’s secadvisor to the ANP Central Warehouse/Interim Logistics Facility tion, with a ‘push order’ (order mandated or packaged order was a success.” pushed from the top down, vs. unit These pushes are a temporary ordering a shortage). She ensures solution to equip and re-supply the the orders are submitted in a timely ALP. The ultimate goal is to have manner to the Afghan Material the RLC’s set up their operations so Management Center-Police. Moore they have ALP items on hand in also coordinates with the mentors their warehouse inventories, and and trainers at Regional Support they properly support ALP units in Command-Capital for visibility. the areas they cover, Worcester The clothing and equipment said. “…[It] is a positive step in items are packed in wooden crates empowering the ANP and ALP to recycled from communications be self-sufficient and a strong step equipment shipments, said Worces- towards transition,” said Worcester. ter. The ILF team developed a plan “As the convoys come and go, and for filling, banding, marking and the ALP crates are received by loading the crates specific to the these units…they will know they order. “Further refinement of the are supported by a system which is order process is necessary to make no longer a confused barrier, but a this a viable and sustainable plan,” lifeline.” said Worcester, “however the first 16
Regional Support Command Command--North photo medley Courtesy photos from the past few months
Terry Fox Run
Maj. Harrell, Sgt. Maj. Serrano, Sgt. 1st Class Dawson after the 9/11 Run
Maj. Harrellâ€™s promotion
Spc. Birks in the Canadian
Staff Sgt. Vargas and Master Sgt. Rothrock in the 9/11 run 17
From around the battlefield A British Army military working dog rides on a British Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter to Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Bill Putnam
Afghan National Army soldiers wash up after the first lunch at an ANA-run dining facility on Regional Military Training Center Southwest in Helmand province Afghanistan, Oct. 6.The ANA took over operating and cooking food in the dining facilities on RMTC-SW from contractors. The hand off was one step in taking over all operations and maintenance at the training facility before the end of the 2012 calendar year. U.S. Army photo by Bill Putnam
British Army Lt. Col. Ron Laden the officer in charge of the Regional Support Command Southwest Logistics Cell greets Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Shahwali at the now ANA-run dining facility at Regional Military Training Center Southwest in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Oct. 6. The ANA took over operations at the dining facility from contractors. This handover takes the ANA one step closer to fully operating the training center by the end of 2012. U.S. Army photo by Bill Putnam 18
From around the battlefield
An Afghan National Policeman washes a HMMWV on a wash rack Oct. 9 in Regional Support Command-East, in Gardez. Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Monika Comeaux
U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Gist, executive administrative assistant from the command group of Deputy Command of Support Operations re-enlists at Camp Eggers on Oct. 12. Gist’s family had the opportunity to witness the re-enlistment via VTC. Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Monika Comeaux
ABOVE AND LEFT: What really makes a ’jingle-truck’ jingle? These small chains and bells create the typical jingle sound as the truck rolls along. Drivers take extreme pride in the decoration and ornaments on their trucks. Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Monika Comeaux 19
From around the battlefield
Visitors to the Forward Operating Base Lightning dining facility, to include Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters, Deputy Commander of Support Operations, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, each fill up a sandbag before being entering the facility Oct. 9. This initiative helps replace fraying sandbags on the FOB. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux
Regional Support Command-East service members line up to receive their awards from Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., and Command Sgt. Maj. Terry E. Parham Sr., the Deputy Command of Support Operations command team on Oct. 9 at Forward Operating Base Lightning. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer William Velez received his going away gifts and award Oct. 12 at Camp Eggers. Velez came from a maintenance background but mastered ammunition management and was a very important part of the Class V team in the Logistics Operations Section of Deputy Command of Support Operations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux