BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (March 28, 2015) -- Team Shield, the Train Advise Assist Command -- East (TAAC-E) Police Advisory Team, held a meeting today with police officials from Kapisa, and Panjshir provinces to build a rapport, and discuss security efforts.
Team Shield, a team of 50 law enforcement experts, advises the Afghan National Police (ANP) for TAAC-E in 14 provinces. About 15 members of the team were present along with 26 ANP leaders from the staffs of the provincial chiefs of police.
Meeting objectives included force optimization efforts in preparation for the fighting season; and developing training and recruiting plans for the province.
Col. Gregory Stokes, Team Shield senior ANP advisor, sat alongside Brig. Gen. Khujah Faghir Ahmad, Kapisa Provincial Chief of Police, and discussed operations and security.
"What you will see over time, I promise you, is that we will help you grow," Stokes said.
"We are expanding our operational reach throughout eastern Afghanistan in an effort to build partner capacity within the ANP," Maj. McFerrin McDonald, senior Afghan Uniform Police advisor, said.
"I'm glad you're all here," Ahmad said.
Ahmad then read off a list of items that he and his patrol need assistance with -- including better weapons, more tanks, and a higher police presence in areas with a large number of insurgents.
"It's up to us in this room to make sure that we ring out the issues," Stokes said. "The stronger our relationship is, the better we all are."