Commander of the 10th ACR Unit of the Provincial
Reconstruction Team in Logar, ISAF, Colonel Josef Kopecky
assumed an operational task from his predecessor Colonel
Antonin Genser commanding the 9th ACR Unit PRT ISAF in
Afghan Province of Logar on 14 August 2012.
The handover ceremony was held at the Shank U.S. Forward
Operating Base in Logar, south of Kabul. Soldiers of the
10th Unit together with Czech civilian experts go on in
improving quality of lives of Logar citizens not only by
building and reconstructing the local infrastructure. They
provide basic and advanced training for Afghan National
Police personnel, distribute school supplies to children
and in cooperation with the US Task Force BAYONET soldiers
help build the secure environment.
The Czech Republic has lost two soldiers who had served
with the PRT in Logar.
More than 1,400 Czech soldiers have rotated during five
years at the Shank since the Czech Republic opened its own
Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar in March 2008. Each
rotation size was 200-293 soldiers and 9-12 civilian
experts. The average distance from Czech home bases to the
Shank is 4.600 kilometres.
The Czech presence in ISAF commenced in 2004 when Czech
military contingents served with the German Provincial
Reconstruction Team in Fayzabad, the Badakshan Province.