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NEWS | May 1, 2011

Forty-six Afghan soldiers complete IT training

By Sgt. Jason Boyd and Spc. Timothy Cordeiro , Task Force Peacekeeper and Task Force Four-Three Public Affairs

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (May 1, 2011) — A class of 46 Afghan National Army soldiers graduated from the Information Technology course in Parwan Province, April 23.

The two month course provided in-depth instruction on the internal components of the computer such as motherboards, hard drives and rams, and computer hardware trouble shooting techniques, and included familiarization training on the Windows XP operating system.

The commander of Task Force Peacekeeper said the training these ANA soldiers received is integral to the mission of the Afghan National Army.

“Congratulations on your great achievement. You have spent a great number of hours on learning a new skill that will help take you and the Afghan National Army that much further in your mission,” said Brig. Gen. Mandi Murray, commander 46th Military Police Command, Task Force Peacekeeper. The soldiers also received a course of instruction on computer security and information assurance and on all the components of Microsoft Office, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

“I am really proud of all of the students that put forth the effort to graduate from this course,” said ANA Col. Gulam Faroq, Pol-e-Charki Military Police Brigade chief of staff.  “Our brothers have completed a computer course that will help the Afghan National Army continue to move forward in our mission to achieve peace for Afghanistan.”

The 46th Military Police Command, Task Force Peacekeeper, a subordinate CJIATF-435 command, oversees all detention operations in Parwan. Task Force Peacekeeper is responsible for oversight of detention operations at the DFIP, including ensuring the humane care and custody of detainees and partnering with the Afghan National Army (ANA) in preparation for the conditions-based transition of the DFIP to the Afghan government.

The DFIP, a state-of-the-art theater internment facility, located several kilometers from Bagram Airfield, was completed in September 2009 and occupied by detainees in late December 2009.  The DFIP is equipped with a medical facility, on-site family visitation center, vocational facilities and educational classrooms.  The design of the DFIP accommodates detainee reintegration efforts and enables CJIATF-435 to better align detainee operations with the overall strategy to defeat the extremist insurgency in Afghanistan.

CJIATF-435, in partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and U.S. interagency and international partners, conducts operations in detention, corrections, judicial sector and biometrics.   Ultimately, the CJIATF will transition detention operations to Afghan control while promoting Rule of Law practices.