Supreme Group agreement to guide convoys for Afghan Protection Force
KABUL - In the spirit of collaboration with the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF), an initiative of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Supreme Group has agreed to support a “proof of concept” convoy to lead the way for the transition of security services from private entities to the Ministry of Interior-controlled APPF.
This inaugural step in the process was completed on October 21, when a contract to move the first 38 fuel tankers under the protection of the APPF was signed by Supreme Group, in conjunction with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) team of advisors. The convoy was then dispatched from the Supreme site in Kabul that evening and arrived safely and without incident in the Ghazni region on October 22nd following an overnight stop in Maidan Shah.
This convoy and its role in establishing the APPF as the manager of safety and security across Afghanistan is an important development. Two Presidential Decrees have called to transfer responsibility for the oversight of security to the federal APPF forces, and Supreme Group is pleased to have played such a key role in the process. Supreme Group is the single largest user of convoy security in Afghanistan and currently contracts more than 6,000 highly-trained Afghan Guards in support of a country-wide supply chain operated across some of the most difficult conditions in the world.
“This is a significant step forward for security in the region and Supreme is proud to be part of this exciting and essential development,” said Ernie Pallett, Director of Security for Supreme Group. “Our convoys not only provide integral security necessary for these convoys, but also employment for thousands of Afghan workers at our distribution centers and within transport companies.”
BG Gul Aqa Rohani, APPF Convoy Operations Director said “this is further evidence of Supreme’s commitment to
Afghanistan. The convoy development and the strategic planning that will allow it to succeed help to provide a greater
level of stability which the nation desperately needs.”
“This agreement will not only help protect the safety of the convoys and the Afghans responsible for them, but it will also reduce the influence of warlords and criminals that seek to undermine the stability of the nation,” stated Army COL Robert Baer, Director of the APPF Advisory Group for ISAF.
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