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Afghan officers receive ID cards to work at Mazar-e-Sharif Airport

Spc. Justin Kruger

Contributing Writer

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan — The Mazar-e-Sharif International Airport will soon welcome a new security element to its expanding security program.

More than 100 Afghan National Border Police officers and noncommissioned officers stationed at the airport will receive their own identification card. Each laminated card will have the officer’s photo and personal identification information, written both in Arabic and English.

The airport is undergoing major renovations, and the ANBP airport commander, Capt. Mohammad Khan, as well as his International Security Assistance Force partner, Capt. Melissa Viator, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, has expressed the need for a more sophisticated tracking system for all personnel.

The ID cards not only add to the legitimacy and credibility of such a security system, but will effectively raise both morale and loyalty within the ranks.

“I welcome these changes within the airport and observed the strong partnership between the Military Police and the ANBP,” Khan said. “Together, we are making a difference for our Afghan people by providing a stronger security force in Afghanistan.”

The ID cards will give each officer his or her own identity and a feeling of belonging within the ANBP organization. Each card contains personal information on the individual, allowing the command to track and maintain each officer’s individual performance record within the system.

Security upgrades at the airport show the dedication by officials from both the ANBP and 1st BSTB Military Police Platoon as they work together to accomplish these security goals.

Increasing the security of all passengers and workers at this centralized facility will allow for increased protection services and enable the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to provide security for its own people.

Soldiers of 1st BSTB MP Platoon have dedicated their time and effort to organizing, processing and producing airport ID cards and have already observed a sense of pride and honor from the policemen and policewomen.


(1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

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