RTC Mazar-e Sharif holds graduation, turnover

2012/05/07 • Comments
Story and Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Lockwood
NTM-A Public Affairs

 

 

 

 

French Army Lt. Gen. Olivier de Bavinchove, ISAF Chief of Staff, salutes the Mazar-e Sharif Training Center flag, Apr. 12, 2012, during a ceremony commemorating the end of the training mission there.

French Army Lt. Gen. Olivier de Bavinchove, ISAF Chief of Staff, salutes the Mazar-e Sharif Training Center flag, Apr. 12, 2012, during a ceremony commemorating the end of the training mission there.

The official transition of the national security of Afghanistan to Afghan forces is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2014. There are many pieces that need to shift before the transition is complete.

Afghan National Civil Order Police are trained at Regional Training Center – Mazar-e Sharif (RTC- MeS).  The last class trained by European Gendarmerie Forces (EGF)-led Coalition trainers graduated from the command April 12. The ceremony marked the end of the training mission for the EGF as well.

“This transition was really important for ANCOP,” said Capt. Bruno Gonzales, Chief of Training for RTC-MeS. “For two years, we’ve trained them to be independent, to be able to work in total independence, and in the future they will be able to train themselves and their teams.”

Afghan Col. Abdullah Wakmal, the training deputy for RTC MeS, administers the oath to ANCOP graduates, Apr. 12, 2012, during a graduation ceremony, in Mazar-e Sharif.

Afghan Col. Abdullah Wakmal, the training deputy for RTC MeS, administers the oath to ANCOP graduates, Apr. 12, 2012, during a graduation ceremony, in Mazar-e Sharif.

The ceremony concluded with graduates, who were chosen to represent the class, took the oath of service.

Afterwards, the EGF trainers deployed to MeS held another ceremony to commemorate the end of their training mission in Afghanistan, as well as the end of their time in country.

“Our part as EGF was transferring all the competencies to the Afghans—logistics, planning and all the training,” said Gonzales. “We’ve had a great time with our Afghan counterparts. However, now it’s time for us to go home.”

However, the French—the leading EGF member in MeS—has not left Afghanistan. France and Afghanistan have a 20 year partnership for which Afghans will go to France to receive advanced training.

NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan is a coalition of 38 troop-contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. For more information about NTM-A, visit www.ntm-a.com.

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