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Afghanistan border officials discuss upcoming year
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Pfc. Andrya Hill
4th BCT, 25th ID PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division, hosted a Focused Border Development Conference and a Super Border Flag Meeting here Saturday and Sunday.

Commanders of the Afghan Border Police, along with their Pakistani counterparts, attended the conference to discuss the goals, training, recruiting, retention and operations of soldiers who will protect the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The conference also covered a thorough evaluation of the previous year's efforts and focused on the partnership and communication between the Afghanistan and Pakistan border security forces and the International Security Assistance Forces.

"Over the years, as we have come to understand the value of implementing commander relationships with their counterparts, these meetings have become vital to the development and success of the continual border protection operations," said Col. Michael Howard, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division commander and the incoming commander for the area.

The conference proved beneficial in the integration of the future commanders from 4-25th BCT with their respective Afghan and Pakistan commanders, Howard said, and established a solid outline for future operations and communications between the security forces.

Col. Pete Johnson, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division commander, speaks with commanders of the Afghanistan Border Police during a Focused Border Development Conference Saturday at Forward Operating Base Salerno.

photos by Pfc. Andrya Hill/4th BCT, 25th ID PAO

Above:  Col. Pete Johnson, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division commander, speaks with commanders of the Afghanistan Border Police during a Focused Border Development Conference Saturday at Forward Operating Base Salerno.

Left:  Commanders of the Afghanistan Border Police Kandaks are interviewed by Khowst media following a Focused Border Development Conference hosted by the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Saturday on Forward Operating Base Salerno.

Commanders of the Afghanistan Border Police Kandaks are interviewed by Khowst media following a Focused Border Development Conference hosted by the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Saturday on Forward Operating Base Salerno.