KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 12, 2012) —
Surrounded by the debris of previously detonated objects, students from Camp Hero’s Afghan National Security Forces Explosive Hazards Reduction Course climb out of their truck with mine detectors. Walking on either side of their vehicle, the Afghan National Army soldier and Afghan Uniformed Policeman check the immediate area to ensure a safe dismount for the rest of their team members.
Recruiting Afghan service members from all over Regional Command (South), Task Force Paladin (South) and their Afghan counterparts at Camp Hero have set up the four-week-long EHRC to train and improve ANSF capabilities in identifying and removing the threat of explosives in the battle space.
“These guys are going to be filling empty spaces in [explosive ordnance disposal] units,” said Army Capt. Benjamin J. Beck, EOD Partnership officer in charge, Task Force Paladin (South).
There are thirty students split into three groups, he said, with two Afghan and two Australian instructors.