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Coalition Joint Civil-Military Task Force (CJCMOTF)

The Coalition Joint Civil-Military Task Force (CJCMOTF) compound is centrally located on two city blocks in the heart of Afghanistan's capitol city of Kabul, in close proximity to most of the national government's ministry offices, foreign military compounds and non-governmental organization headquarters.

The compound was established in February 2002 to support civil affairs missions directed by U.S. Central Command in an effort to help Afghanistan with rebuilding efforts. The compound's central location is key to its success because civil affairs soldiers can get to and from project sites with ease, local media can inquire about newsworthy events, and non-governmental and international organizations' representatives can make face-to-face contact with someone from CJCMOTF. The CJCMOTF was initially given the primary mission of providing humanitarian assistance through coordination with more than 24 international and nongovernmental organizations and the Afghan government. The CJCMOTF identified quick-fix humanitarian projects throughout the country that are not being accomplished by the greater humanitarian-assistance community. It then coordinated its efforts with Afghan agencies and international and nongovernmental organizations in the country.

In early 2003 the 772nd MP Co. took on some of Operation Enduring Freedom's biggest security challenges. Known by the nickname "Outlaws," they were tasked with the responsibility of providing personnel and perimeter security at the Coalition Joint Civil-Military Task Force (CJCMOTF) compound, the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) and Bagram Air Base in the war-torn country of Afghanistan.

Because the compound is located in such a highly populated and urban area, the MPs maintained close control of personnel and equipment moving on and off the compound. Every time service members enter or leave the compound, they must request permission to leave in writing, report where they are going and the nature of their outing. It's their fellow MPs on duty who track their departure and arrival to ensure maximum accountability for the personnel on the compound. Additionally, anyone wishing to visit or come onto the compound is thoroughly screened and searched before they are allowed access.

In addition to guarding the main checkpoint 24-hours a day, seven-days a week, the solders of 2nd Platoon man several observation points throughout the compound. The MPs also supported many additional missions requiring them to leave the security of the compound and venture out into the uncertainty of the city - and beyond. They played an integral part in the CJCMOTF mission by providing convoy security, establishing en route checkpoints, escorting VIPs and fielding personal security detachments for general officers.

Second platoon implemented several improvements to guard the security of those living in the compound. For example, when they arrived, the main entry for personnel and vehicles was facing an open and busy thoroughfare street. They immediately shut down through traffic and established weaving roadblocks, called 'serpentines,' to limit access and slow down any vehicle traffic approaching the entrance to the compound.

As the concept of Provincial Reconstruction Teams evolved so did the role of the CJCMOTF. The CJCMOTF is the command and control headquarters for the PRTs and the civil-military operations center.

The primary function of the CJCMOTF was to promote the legitimacy and stability of the Afghan Government and diminish the negative effects that regionalism, tribalism and ethnicity can have on Afghanistan's future. It also promotes international efforts to rebuild Afghanistan through it's PRT's and Civil Affairs units.

The PRT's and Civil Affairs teams function as the link between the CJCMOTF and the Afghan people. They're the instruments implementing reconstruction and economic development. As of October 2008 there were more than 20 PRT's operating in various regions of Afghanistan.

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