‘Pathfinders’ tackle drug routes during joint ANCOP SWAT mission

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Samuel Corsolini, gunner, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID, pulls security with other “Pathfinders,” as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off after unloading his team and members of the 2nd ANCOP SWAT during Operation Pranoo Verbena. The purpose of the mission was to disrupt drug trafficking in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 16.

Pfc. Samuel Corsolini, gunner, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID, pulls security with other “Pathfinders,” as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off after unloading his team and members of the 2nd ANCOP SWAT during Operation Pranoo Verbena. The purpose of the mission was to disrupt drug trafficking in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 16.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The rotor blades of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters beat hard through the dust as they drew closer to the ground. The wheels touched and the aircraft came to a stop.

“Pathfinder” and soldiers from the 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Special Weapons and Tactics Team, or ANCOP SWAT, then unloaded the helicopter in close vicinity to a suspicious vehicle, here, March 16.

This occasion was the fourth time Soldiers with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, “Pathfinders,” 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and Afghan soldiers have worked side-by-side. Their teamwork and joint professionalism on Operation Pranoo Verbena is proving successful in disrupting Taliban operations.

“I am happy to be working with the coalition forces,” said Afghan Capt. Sultan Aziz, commander, 2nd ANCOP SWAT. “It is great to be able to help the people of our country.”

Since completion of their air assault training in May with the 159th CAB, the Afghan soldiers have become proficient with skills needed to provide a more secure environment for the people of Afghanistan.

During the operation, 2nd ANCOP SWAT soldiers stopped and searched multiple vehicles. Their intent is to cut off the export of drugs into the area and keep the weapons from coming into the province.

The 2nd ANCOP conducted all searches, detaining and questioning, while the Pathfinders pulled security.

“The (2nd) ANCOP soldiers executed the mission very well,” said Sgt. Kaylub Divine, A Team leader, Co. F., 2-25th, 25th CAB. “They learn fast and complete all tasks given to them in a professional manner.”

Aziz and Capt. Aroyn Borries, ground commander, Co. F., 2-25th, 25th CAB, worked together for a successful mission. The amount of teamwork showed that Afghan SWAT is motivated to provide security for Afghanistan.

“With the level of professionalism and dedication to achieving the operation, the soldiers of the 2nd ANCOP are closer to being able to conduct independent missions,” Divine said.

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