13 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-179

ANAP recruits receive a special lift in Uruzgan Province

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – On March 11, 35 Afghan National Auxiliary Police (ANAP) candidates were picked up by an ISAF helicopter from a remote village approximately 40 kilometres east of Tarin Kowt to commence their two-week basic training at Camp Holland, Uruzgan.

The four Cougars and two Apache helicopters attached to the Netherland Air Task Force, based at Kandahar Airfield, completed this unique mission with help from ISAF Dutch ground forces from Task Force Uruzgan.

“This once-in-a-lifetime mission to help transport ANAP to Camp Holland in order to commence their two-week basic training was done in support of the Government of Afghanistan’s mandate to establish security forces in all regions of the country,” stated Colonel Ben Ruijs, Commanding Officer, NLD Air Task Force.

“The candidates were excited and nervous due to the fact it was their first helicopter ride. Added to this, they all knew that this trip was taking them to the start of their ANAP training. It seemed like the entire village was present to bid farewell to the candidates. It was an exciting day for all,” stated Major Eric Jonkers, spokesperson for Task Force Uruzgan.

Upon graduation, these candidates will return to their remote village in uniform as ANAP patrolmen to provide security for their people.

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