Afghans graduate from explosive hazard reduction course

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Afghan Security, Development
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Story and photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler

An Afghan National Security Force soldier awaits his diploma during a graduation ceremony for completing the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, July 14. The course taught the students how to react when they encounter improvised explosive devices, the basics of insurgent IED tactics and how to handle and eliminate unexploded ordnance and munitions.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Twenty-four soldiers with the Afghan National Security Forces graduated from the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, here, July 14.

The course prepared members of the Afghan National Army, Uniformed Police and Border Police to know how to react when they encounter IEDs, the basics of insurgent IED tactics, how to handle and eliminate unexploded ordnance and munitions.

“We teach the students how to find IEDs and then how to eliminate them,” said Staff Sgt. William Genochio, operations chief for JSAS, and a native of Independence, Mo.

The ANSF students were taught to locate, identify and disarm victim-operated IEDs such as pressure plate and trip wires devices.

A close-up of an Afghan commando’s patch while he waits for his name to be called during a graduation ceremony for completing the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, July 14. The course taught the students how to react when they encounter improvised explosive devices, the basics of insurgent IED tactics and how to handle and eliminate unexploded ordnance and munitions.

“Eighty percent of the IEDs found in Helmand are found by human eyes, so we drill it into them the importance of locating these IEDs so the Afghan people can feel safe to carry out their daily business,” said Genochio.

Afghan National Security Force graduating class of twenty-four students stand during a graduation ceremony for completing the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, July 14. The course taught the students how to react when they encounter improvised explosive devices, the basics of insurgent IED tactics and how to handle and eliminate unexploded ordnance and munitions.

The soldiers will apply the training they completed to their respective units around Helmand province.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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