Story and Photo by
Maj. Matthew Gragg
728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
3rd BCT assists with security
PARUN, Afghanistan — The primary mission of the 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is to provide embedded mentorship to Afghan Uniform Police, or AUP, at Regional Headquarters, 24/7, 365 days a year.
This mentorship includes 84 districts, eights provinces and more than 13,183 AUP.
The Joint Combined Assessment Team, or JCAT, recently conducted an assessment of AUP capabilities. The JCAT included members of the 728th MP Bn., Afghan interpreters, Afghanistan National Security Forces, the Afghan Ministry of the Interior, the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the Afghan National Directorate of Security, observers from Combined Joint Task Force 1–Afghanistan and coalition forces from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provided security on the ground, as well as planning and coordination of movement of helicopter flights between assessment sites.
Assessment focused on assistance and evaluation in personnel management, operations, logistics, security and intelligence.
In October 2009, U.S. forces withdrew from their four main bases in Nuristan province to pull troops out of small outposts and relocate them closer to cities; the JCAT assessment was a significant achievement for combined Coalition Forces and ANSF personnel.
Members of the 728th MP Bn. said the assessment was also an exhilarating opportunity to get out in their sector with their AUP counterparts.