CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan -- Marines with Task Force Belleau Wood advised Afghan National Army soldiers with 4th Tolai, 6th Kandak, 4th Brigade, 215th Corps, on patrolling techniques during a training exercise aboard Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, April 19.
Approximately 100 soldiers with the 4th Tolai were recently assigned as a security detail for Afghanistan’s presidential elections. Now, these soldiers will combine forces with TFBW and assist with perimeter patrols in the area surrounding Camps Leatherneck, Bastion and Shorabak in the near future.
“I am very happy with today’s training,” said Sgt. Maj. Abdullah Safi, sergeant major of 4th Tolai, 6th Kandak. “I am happy because (ANA soldiers) will be properly trained for any situation. This training is very important for the soldiers. If we have an operation in the near future, I am very confident in my soldiers’ skill to be successful.”
Each day, Marines with TFBW patrol the surrounding perimeter of Camp Leatherneck to ensure it is clear of hazards.
The training exercise was designed to ensure the efficiency of the soldiers before they begin conducting perimeter patrols with Marines within the next couple of weeks.
“We can benefit from learning from each other,” said Sgt. Maj. Reginald Robinson, TFBW sergeant major. “We train the Tolai to take that footprint where we were guarding on the perimeter and let them lead the way with only minimal advising from Marines, so when the coalition forces depart they will be able to fully run the show.”
During the training exercise, the soldiers practiced hand signals, conducted classes on patrolling techniques and conducted a simulated security patrol.
They will continue to train to enhance their skills for future patrols throughout Helmand province.
“We are ready for anything and ready for wherever we will need to go in Afghanistan,” said Safi. “In the future, as far as their training is concerned, they will be one of the best units in Afghanistan. They are preparing themselves and training to be great soldiers. If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that you cannot have a good life without working hard for it.”