Story and photos by Spc. April York
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WALTON, Afghanistan — Soldiers from 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, offer sustainment excellence courses to Afghan uniformed police to teach basic-level skills at Forward Operating Base Walton.
The course, which has been running for about two months, is offered to AUP members who work in the 17 police substations located in Kandahar City and is offered twice each week.
The course consists of three different stations — vehicle and generator preventative maintenance checks and services, basic first aid and weapons familiarization.
“We are teaching them how to take care of themselves,” said 1st Lt. Adam Stear, officer-in-charge of the “Rough Riders” logistic training assistance team. “One of the main goals for sustainment excellence day is to linkup the AUPs with the contractors who are available to them. 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 has two contracting companies to help sustain its vehicles and weapons. Alpha Omega Services is its weapons maintenance contractors and Automotive Maintenance Systems services its vehicles.
While the AUP members are rotating between the stations, AOS services any of their nonmission capable weapons and AMS services the vehicles the AUP brought with them in order to give them a better understanding of the services offered.
“So far we have had a great turnout,” 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, medical technician, 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.