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Army January 31, 2013
Defeating the devices
Afghan troops run their own explosive hazard reduction courses to train new engineers
Capt Jessie Platz
THE Afghan National Army
(ANA) has made a significant
step to bolster its independence in
specialist capabilities by leading
the Explosive Hazard Reductions
Course (EHRC) for the first time
at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
22 Afghan sol-
diers in the tech-
niques to counter
IED and unex-
The soldiers grad-
uated from the
late last year.
Hassain said the
ANA could now
qualify counter explosives specialists
by themselves and employ the skills
"We can now go out on missions
and take out the mines that are in our
country. I'm very proud of the stu-
dents and their skill and capability,"
Sgt Hassain said.
"Getting rid of dangerous explo-
sives is so important for the safety of
my people. We taught the class how
to do this, and eventually they will
go on to teach their colleagues."
The CO of the 7RAR Task
Group, Lt-Col Malcolm Wells, said
credit was owed to both instructors
and students for their exceptional
performance on the course.
"I would like to honour and
acknowledge the outstanding work
of the instructors. Their professional-
ism, their knowledge and hard work
of the future of
the 4th Bde here
Lt-Col Wells said.
"I also honour
their skills bring
and the country
They are truly the
defenders of this country."
The EHRC has produced 10
groups of graduates since June 2010.
It was previously run by Australian
and Singaporean mentors, who have
now moved into an advisory role for
the ANA instructors.
"The job is now for the ANA
to use these skills for the brigade
to continue to drive the insurgency
out of this province and to enable
the government to prosper," Lt-Col
explosives is so
the safety of my
-- Sgt Mohammad Hassain,
EHRC lead instructor
Beating bombs: Singapore
Armed Forces Capt Ranon
Li and Australian Army Capt
Steven Barns observe ANA LCpl
Barakatullah Ihsaunllah marking
the ground where a potential
explosive hazard lies during
training at the counter IED
range in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.
Inset, LCpl Mohammad Usman
carefully removes dirt from an
inert IED during the course.
Photos by LS Andrew Dakin
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