Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
Issue 81 Dec. 10, 2011
Female AUP train to make a difference For others this was a review. Grilliot said she was truly hroughout history women amazed when they were have been viewed as the showing the women how to weaker sex. But as history has also take the weapon apart that shown through countless women’s some of the female AUP movements, women are not willing showed the female MPs an to be seen this way. Afghan women easier way to do it. are no different. They seek to help “I didn’t expect to learn their sisters by serving in the Afghan something from them but I National Army, Afghan Uniformed did,” she said. Police and Afghan Local Police. The qualification table that One group of 11 female AUP who was used on the range was work for the Police Headquarters is the same as the one used at seeking to make a difference in their the AUP academy on CNS. own lives and the lives of women “We certainly have some in their community. Many of these talent here,” Spangler said. female AUP go out on patrols with “Our best shot of the day Female military police officers with 58th Military Police Company attached to 2nd Brigade their male counterparts and their was 57 out of 60 on target Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, watch over as female Afghan Uniformed Police ofCoalition Forces partners. They carry ficers fire glock handguns at targets during a range held at Camp Nathan Smith, Nov. 27. which is pretty impressive.” side arms to protect themselves and Mahgol who is the female with their weapons and give them an opporit’s their job to search and communicate with AUP who fired 57 out of 60 was very thankful tunity to qualify the same as male AUP. any women they come across during patrol. for the opportunity to train with the female “I think it’s important that if they are going Training opportunities are limited for MPs. to carry a weapon that they need to be trained female AUP due to the cultural restrictions “We never have this kind of training and how to use it,” said Staff Sgt. Grace Grilliot, placed upon men and women in Afghan I’m very excited,” she said. “This is very helpa unit supply specialist with the 58th MP society. ful for us. I will use this training to go back Company. “If we don’t do this they don’t really Realizing these limitations, female military and train other female police how to shoot.” have the chance to train and get familiar with police officers from the 58th Military Police “I think this will definitely boost their conthe weapon they do carry.” Company attached to 2nd Brigade Combat fidence,” Grilliot said. “They will be able to see “This is a great way to help (female AUP) Team, 4th Infantry Division, decided to step that they are capable of doing what we do and with their professionalization, which is a in and hold a training class, at Camp Nathan they will know that they are capable of doing main line of effort for the brigade,” said Capt. Smith Nov. 27, to familiarize female AUP what they need to do.” Megan Spangler, commander of 58th MP Company. “We want to develop the relationship between our female Soldiers and the AUP to make the female engagements more effective.” The training covered overall familiarization of a glock hand gun. “We broke it down to a classroom portion of exercises where we went through basic safety and pre-marksmanship instruction, which is what we would do for our Soldiers for one of our ranges,” Spangler said. “The second piece was the firing table at difCapt. Megan Spangler, commander of 58th Military Police A female Afghan Uniformed Police officer fires a glock ferent intervals out on the range.” Company attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infanhandgun down range during a training event hosted by female For some of the female AUP this was military police officers with the 58th Military Police Company try Division, assists a female Afghan Uniformed Police officer with her firing stance Nov. 27. the first time they have fired a weapon. attached to 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Story and photos by Sgt. April York 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., PAO
Issue 81 Dec. 10, 2011
A new approach in face-to-face appointments Story and photo by Capt. Cory Gerould 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Brigade Psychologist
nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division is using tele-behavioral health to conduct consultations and it has significantly increased the ability to provide services to a greater number of Soldiers in a more efficient and timely manner. Additionally, TBH has helped reduce some of the challenges that arise in connecting Soldiers with health providers downrange. For commanders, determining when a Soldier may be in need of behavioral health services is not always readily ascertainable, particularly when a Soldier denies having problems or is not ready to ask for help. The thought of taking a Soldier out of the fight for several days would have a considerable impact on the mission, not to mention the logistical challenge it would place on their platoon. TBH provides real-time video conferencing and grants an atmosphere similar to that of face-to-face interactions experienced in a more traditional setting. As a result, a Soldier doesn’t need to be moved or held back from going on a mission to meet with an incoming
provider, enabling units to maintain their combat strength. In instances where a Soldier in need is not co-located with a TBH system, evaluations and followup services are easily coordinated around the unit’s schedule; supporting both the unit and the Soldier. While there have been a few minor growing pains in establishing the TBH systems, the benefits continue to be realized on a regular basis. Health care providers have Spc. Jeffery Villar, a behavioral health specialist from Company C, found TBH greatly bridges the gap 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th in accessibility and allows them to Infantry Division, speaks with a Soldier from a distant location on the tele-behavioral health system located on FOB Walton. quickly assist commanders in constrained situations. portunity to discuss any concerns they might When a health care provider meets with a have with using this system. This further Soldier via TBH, at the outset of the interacengages the Soldier in the process and starts tion they make a point to explain the nature facilitating a therapeutic relationship. of the TBH system, including the potential The desert terrain coupled with the decenlimitations in connectivity. They also make tralized operations made it quite a challenge sure to obtain the Soldier’s consent to proceed to move Soldiers or the health care providers with receiving behavioral health services via to outlying locations, but TBH has proven to TBH during the first interaction. be a reliable and effective platform of increasTaking the time to do this helps the Soldier ing access to behavioral health providers feel more comfortable and provides an opdespite these factors.
2 STB transfers JCOP Pusht Rod authority to ANA Story by Capt. Bonnie Hutchinson 2nd Special Troops Battalion
igns of progress are evident as Afghan National Army soldiers are taking charge. Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, attached to 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, transferred Joint Combat Outpost Pusht Rod to their Afghan National Army counterparts, Nov. 20. In order to mark this historic occasion, Company D lowered an American Flag that had flown over JCOP Pusht Rod since Sept. 11. During the company’s time at JCOP Pusht Rod, the flag served as a reminder of what they were fighting for. “For the Soldiers of Delta Company, the flag symbolized our unwavering dedication to
Warhorse Pride Col. John S. Kolasheski...................2nd BCT Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa..............2nd BCT CSM Maj. Kevin Toner................................................2nd BCT PAO Sgt. Seth Barham..................................................PAO NCOIC Sgt. Ruth Pagan......................................Layout and Design Sgt. April York.........................................Layout and Design
our mission of training and partnering with the ANA as well as our mission of protecting the United States of America,” said Sgt. Terry Howlett, company tactical operations center noncommissioned officer in charge. As the American flag was lowered and honored, the company reflected on their accomplishments in the Pusht Rod District. “It was a surreal and meaningful moment when we lowered the American flag,” said Capt. Anthony Hoefler, commander of Company D. “The flag symbolized the unwavering dedication to the mission of all Delta Company Soldiers.” “Although the moment was bittersweet, it was also a proud moment as our ANA counterparts assumed responsibility for JCOP Pusht Rod and the security of the Pusht Rod
District,” he said. After the American flag was brought down, the flag of Afghanistan was raised by the ANA company leadership. “Raising the flag of Afghanistan over JCOP Pusht Rod is a testament to the success of Afghan National Security Forces across Pusht Rod District.” said 1st Sgt. Jon Martinez, of Company D. “Although it is hard to say goodbye to our partners, they are ready to assume a greater responsibility for the security and prosperity of their district.” “I believe this capable and independent fighting force will make the people of Pusht Rod and Afghanistan proud. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve alongside them, shoulder to shoulder, shona ba shona,” he said.
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