DynCorp International embedded police mentors Timothy Branch and Gregory Franklin were recently awarded the Medal of Honor from the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior for the outstanding mentoring and training they provided over the years at the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) headquarters. With their leadership, ANCOP headquarters operations responsibilities were fully turned over to ANCOP personnel.
“One of the initial goals of this program was to mentor and train the Afghan Police so that their leadership could eventually take over planning, supporting and staffing of their own programs and be successful. As our teams draw down, mentors should take pride in knowing they made a major difference,” said Darrel Saxton, DynCorp International program support manager.
Branch began working at the ANCOP headquarters in May 2011. His initial role as a mentor was to assist in standing up an additional ANCOP brigade by mentoring Afghan colonels on inventory and accountability. Over time, the ANCOP personnel he mentored raised their capability milestone rating, and became less dependent on his assistance, which allowed for more focus on operations training.
Franklin came to the program as a subject matter expert to mentor the ANCOP logistics department. He was responsible for overseeing logistical requirements for seven brigades and ANCOP headquarters with approximately 16,000 deployable law enforcement officers.
By February 2014, the ANCOP personnel were operating autonomously without the supervision of mentors and had reached the highest capability milestone rating of 1-A.
“It has been a great honor to work at ANCOP headquarters,” commented Branch.
Working Shoulder to Shoulder with Afghan Teammates
“During my two years with ANCOP, I formed a strong bond of professional friendship with my Afghan counterparts. We faced each logistical challenge as a team with one mind and one focus – shoulder to shoulder,” said Franklin.
He continues, “The success at ANCOP headquarters can be attributed to the efforts of an ensemble cast of Afghan partners and Coalition Force team members. As a team, we worked to build the ANCOP organization into a model force. I’m honored to receive this award and will cherish the memories of working with DynCorp International and serving the people of Afghanistan.”
Afghanistan National Police/Ministry of Interior Development Program (AMDP)
Through the Afghanistan National Police/Ministry of Interior Development Program (AMDP), DI provides executive level mentoring, instructor training and certification, field training, and logistics across Afghanistan. DI executive mentors coach senior Afghan officials with a focus on leadership, management and ethical decision-making skills, and have mentored leaders at the Ministerial level.