MPs train AUP on weapons, skills

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Gordon Williams (right), squad leader, 58th MP Co., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, demonstrates the proper way to hold a weapon while in the kneeling position to his AUP counterpart, Sept. 18.

Staff Sgt. Gordon Williams (right), squad leader, 58th MP Co., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, demonstrates the proper way to hold a weapon while in the kneeling position to his AUP counterpart, Sept. 18.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Ruth Pagan
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 4th Infantry Division

 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Soldiers with the 58th Military Police Company, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, held an AK-47 rifle range training event at Camp Nathan Smith, here, for the Afghan Uniformed Police, or AUP, Sept. 18.

“This is the first step,” said Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Dampier, platoon sergeant, 58th MP Co. “We want to get them familiarized with their weapons, so they can be more proficient at doing their job.”

“We went over the different firing positions that they will be doing: kneeling, prone and standing,” said Staff Sgt. Gordon Williams, squad leader, 58th MP Co. “We also covered weapons safety and the basic fundamentals of firing.”

For some in the AUP, this training was their first time firing live rounds.

“We want them to come away knowing how the weapon operates, how to load it, clear it and to see how a round affects a target,” Dampier said. “We want them to get the feel of the weapon system while firing live rounds.”

Range training lasted only a few hours, but the knowledge and training gained will have a long-lasting effect.

“I think we are having a positive impact on our mission here in Afghanistan,” said Spc. James Lesmeister, MP, 58th MP Co. “We are training the police force to be more proficient with their weapons, which is making them into a more effective police force.”

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