Afghan Brig. Gen. Tafseer Khan speaks to the approximately 100 members of the Afghan National Security Force and International Security Force in attendance at a 3rd Zone Border Police commander's conference at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, May 26, 2012. The conference highlighted 3rd Zone ABP operations, personnel overview, logistics and communications.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan— More than 100 members of the Afghan National Security Force and the International Security Assistance Force attended a 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police commander's conference, May 26.
The conference highlighted overall zone operations, personnel issues, logistics and communications of the 3rd Zone ABP, which is the main force at checkpoints along the border in southern Afghanistan.
"The security status and situation of Afghanistan is getting better day by day,” said Afghan Brig. Gen. Tafseer Khan, commander of the 3rd Zone ABP. "We are doing very well but there is way more ahead and many things to take care of.”
Besides discussing logistical issues, Afghan leadership spoke about their ambitions and future operations of the 3rd Zone ABP.
"Throughout our mid-term cycle we will be able to defeat insurgents, Taliban and smugglers,” added Khan. "If not, at least we will be able to reduce the number of their activities.”
The long-term goals and objectives of the 3rd Zone ABP include the defeat of the Taliban, increasing the capabilities at border checkpoints, and providing more training and education for all border police members.
"To reach all of these goals and objectives, our staff needs to benefit from this opportunity and become one team,” said Khan. "As a result of all these developments, the 3rd Zone ABP will become a role model for other regions and zones.”
Although the ANSF is spearheading border operations, Khan recognized his goals wouldn't be possible without the support from ISAF members who are aiding in the country's stabilization.
"All of these national and international interests will be achieved with the help of ISAF,” said Khan, "so we can move forward and have the ability to stand on our own feet.”
Australian Army Brig. Gen. Chris Field, deputy commander for force development of Regional Command-South, spoke accolades about accomplishments made by the local ABP.
"You are here on the border, and you are responsible for stopping the insurgents trying to do harm on the people of Afghanistan, and you do a very good job,” said Field. "It's now the professionalization of your forces which will continue to make things better.”
The ABP's strength, posture and vigilance are especially important; their armed forces are the first show-of-force encountered but anyone crossing the border into Afghanistan.
"You are the first line of defense for your country, and that is very important,” said Col. Gary W. Johnston, commander of the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. "Do not let the enemy take the advantage in timing, or tone or tempo about this fight.”
The ABP are part of the larger Afghan National Police and fall under control of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The border police are responsible for enforcing immigration and custom regulations along the border and at the country's international airports.
"The things you do here impact the police in Kandahar. It impacts the ANA further inside your country,” added Johnston. "Thank you for your leadership and thank you for bringing freedom to your country.”
Story by Sgt. Brendan Mackie
117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment