• Colonel Paul Calbos, RSN-North commander, makes a comment during a session at the conference May 18.

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    Colonel Paul Calbos, RSN-North commander, makes a comment during a session at the conference May 18.

  • Major General James B. Mallory (left), deputy commanding general, NTM-A/CSTC-A, makes a point as Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, DCOM-RS, listens in May 18.

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    Major General James B. Mallory (left), deputy commanding general, NTM-A/CSTC-A, makes a point as Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, DCOM-RS, listens in May 18.

  • Italian Col. Marco Cenni, director of programs, Afghan National Security Force, RSC-West, reads a book on recent Italian political affairs during a conference break May 18.

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    Italian Col. Marco Cenni, director of programs, Afghan National Security Force, RSC-West, reads a book on recent Italian political affairs during a conference break May 18.

  • Conference attendee Marine Col. Mike Brown, Regional Command-Southwest, Afghan National Security Force, Helmand Province, remarks during a session May 18.

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    Conference attendee Marine Col. Mike Brown, Regional Command-Southwest, Afghan National Security Force, Helmand Province, remarks during a session May 18.

  • Colonel Greg Baine, RSC-South commander, and Col. Mario Trevino, deputy director, Combined Joint-Engineering, NTM-A/CSTC-A, converse during a conference break May 18.

    RSC commanders

    Colonel Greg Baine, RSC-South commander, and Col. Mario Trevino, deputy director, Combined Joint-Engineering, NTM-A/CSTC-A, converse during a conference break May 18.

  • Brigadier General Tom Cosentino (left) Deputy Commander-Regional Support, NTM-A/CSTC-A, and Col. Howard Arey, DCOM-RS chief of staff, listen during a comment being made at the RSC Commanders Conference May 18.

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    Brigadier General Tom Cosentino (left) Deputy Commander-Regional Support, NTM-A/CSTC-A, and Col. Howard Arey, DCOM-RS chief of staff, listen during a comment being made at the RSC Commanders Conference May 18.

  • Colonel Howard Arey, chief of staff, Deputy Commander-Regional Support, NTM-A/CSTC-A, briefs attendees during the RSC Commanders Conference May 18 during a session discussing transition at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan.

    RSC commanders

    Colonel Howard Arey, chief of staff, Deputy Commander-Regional Support, NTM-A/CSTC-A, briefs attendees during the RSC Commanders Conference May 18 during a session discussing transition at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, commanding general, NATO Training Mission -Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, announced on opening day of the Regional Support Command Commanders Conference May 17 that the Afghan Basic Patrolman Course will increase two weeks for a total of eight weeks of training.

The announcement was also made by the Afghan Ministry of Interior to that country.

According to an NTM-A press release, officials are planning to conduct three concurrent pilot courses, which are slated to begin July 2. Following evaluation, the eight-week course is expected to begin nationally in October.

"We are wholly committed to the professionalization of the ANP at every level," said Caldwell said. "We are accelerating our efforts to professionalize and build a police force which supports the Rule of Law and protects the communities of Afghanistan. Increasing the course from 6 to 8 weeks has been a longstanding NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan objective."

The RSC Commanders Conference runs May 17-19.The Regional Support Commands, who report to Deputy Commander-Regional Support, NTM-A/CSTC-A, serve as forward coordination and integration cells between that unit, Regional Commands, and the Afghan National Security Force to identify and address requirements within the regions.

There are six RSCs located throughout Afghanistan. Conference topics include transition, lessons for the future, logistics, training, security and personnel accountability.

The conference will conclude with a scheduled out briefing to Caldwell.

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