March 2003

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30 Jan 2003 - Il Centro

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Italians Concentrate on Force Protection, by U.S. Army Maj. William Mott - 11th Public Affairs Detachment (sent by Bill DeCarlo, IL)
The U.S. shock and awe campaign has increased security operations throughout the world. Our coalition partners here are just as concerned about their soldiers security as the Americans.
Working as a liaison officer between the Combined Joint Task Force-180 Joint Operations Center and the Nibbio Task Force, 1st Lt. Emiliano Mosca attends all Dragon Base briefings and relays the latest information on intelligence and threat conditions to his task force.
I am confident in the security of the compound, Mosca said. "The exchange of information between the American and coalition forces strengthens Bagram Air Base. The directives I get from the JOC are immediately implemented on our new compound.
Mosca is part of the Taureinense Brigade, deployed from L aquila, Abruzzo, Italy, with the Nibbio Task Force for the war on terror.
As a platoon leader for the Taureinense Brigade and force protection LNO, Mosca plans the emplacement of bunkers and shelters in coordination with the force-protection plan for Bagram Air Base.
The Italian compound is still under construction and his plan has to be flexible enough to coincide with moving offices and new access gates. Everyday, temporary walls go up and come down, wreaking havoc on security plans. But construction is always geared towards increased security, not convenience.
Our concerns include the threat level, Afghan workers and the Bagram area, Mosca said . We have alert exercises in coordination with the base exercises and perform after action reports to ensure the security of the compound.
My job has offered me a great opportunity for cultural exchange with the other coalition members and U.S. soldiers while I play a critical role in the safety and security of my fellow soldiers and the success of Nibbio Task Force mission.
Nibbio forces also operate from the Salerno Forward Operating Base, executing missions in the war on terror to capture residual al Qaeda terrorists and stop followers of Osama bin Laden from returning to Afghanistan.