Afghan Air Force Protects Base from Unexploded Ordinance

Kab­ul, Afghanistan — Fol­low­ing mul­ti­ple rock­et attacks on the Kab­ul Inter­na­tion­al Air­port dur­ing the evening of July 19, 2010, Inter­nal Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force and Afghan Air Force react­ed to clean up after the attack.

ISAF Explosive Ordinance Disposal team
Com­bined Air Pow­er Tranis­tion Force and Afghan Air Force Secu­ri­ty Forces marked the unex­plod­ed ordi­nance and pro­vid­ed grid coor­di­nate for ISAF Explo­sive Ordi­nance Dis­pos­al team
Source: U.S. Air Force photos/RELEASED
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The AAF Secu­ri­ty Forces noti­fied Com­bined Air Pow­er Tran­si­tion Force men­tors of a unex­plod­ed ordi­nance loca­tion between the taxi­way and run­way in the ear­ly morn­ing. CAPTF men­tors noti­fied Kab­ul North Oper­a­tion Cen­ter and ini­ti­at­ed response. 

AAF and CAPTF men­tors marked the unex­plod­ed ordi­nance and pro­vid­ed grid coor­di­nate for ISAF Explo­sive Ordi­nance Dis­pos­al team and direct­ed their response. ISAF EOD spent sev­er­al hours dig­ging out the rock­et buried approx­i­mate­ly 1 meter deep. Both ISAF and AAF pro­vid­ed secu­ri­ty and obser­va­tion dur­ing incident. 

Mas­ter Sgt. Buffie Ver­ha­gen, CAPTF Secu­ri­ty Forces men­tor explained, “Afghans Secu­ri­ty Force Mil­i­tar Police Com­pa­ny com­man­der report­ed it and we facil­i­tate his dis­cov­er. It was a good find for the Afghan Air Force Secu­ri­ty Forces and great coor­di­na­tion with all involved.” 

Ulti­mate­ly, the 107mm rock­et was suc­cess­ful­ly det­o­nat­ed in place with­out per­son­nel injured or air­craft dam­aged in the ear­ly after­noon. ISAF, CAPTF and AAF mem­bers worked to make sure the ISAF Joint Com­mand and Afghan Air Force base were safe and secure 

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