Staff Sgt. Marcus Evans, a 19D with Company C, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, helps an Afghan Uniformed Police officer adjust his firing position at the range on Forward Operating Base Walton, Sept. 10. (Photo by Spc. April York)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (September 14, 2011) — Soldiers from 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, offer a sustainment excellence courses to Afghan Uniformed Police to teach basic-level skills at Forward Operating Base Walton.
The course, which has been running for seven weeks, is offered to AUP who work in the 17 police sub stations located in Kandahar City and is offered twice each week.
The course consists of three different stations and each station has a translator. The first station is vehicle preventative maintenance checks and services and generator PMCS. The second station is basic first aid and the third is the range where they go over weapon familiarization.
“We are teaching them how to take care of themselves,” said 1st Lt. Adam Stear, the officer in charge of the 204th logistic training assistance team. “One of the main goals for sustainment excellence day is to link-up the AUPs with the contractors who are available to them.”
Stear went further to say, “a lot of the AUP don’t know that [contractors] are out there and they don’t know the process so we are connecting the dots between them.”
The AUP have two contracting companies to help sustain their vehicles and weapons. Alfa Omega Services is their weapons maintenance contractors and Automotive Maintenance Systems services their vehicles.
While the AUP are rotating between the stations AOS services any of their non mission capable weapons and AMS services the vehicles the AUP brought with them in order to give them a better understanding of the services they offer.
“So far we have had a great turn out,” Stear said. “We usually have about 30 AUP who show up and we split them into groups of 10 to rotate between the stations.”
“The training is going really well,” said Sgt. Christopher Griffin, a medical technician with Company C, 204th BSB, who teaches the first aid course. “I’ve gotten good responses from them and they are definitely very appreciative of having the class.”
“As long as the AUP understand that AOS and AMS are available and at their disposal then we are helping them accomplish their mission,” Stear said.