Provincial Reconstruction Team Logar

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Provincial Reconstruction Team Logar
Insignia of PRT Lowgar
Insignia of PRT Logar
Active 19 March 2008 - Present
Country Czech Republic
Branch Land Forces
Type Light Motorised Task Force
Role Reconstruction/Area Security
Size as of February 2010: 298 total (286 soldiers and 12 civilians)

PRT Logar (Czech: Provinční rekonstrukční tým Logar) is Provincial Reconstruction Team and is part of the International Security Assistance Force - an international military force in Afghanistan. PRT Logar is subordinated to ISAF Regional Command East which is responsible for the eastern provinces of Afghanistan. Regional Command East with its HQ in Bagram is a U.S.-run Operational Command containing units from several other NATO and non-NATO countries. The task of PRT Logar is to help Afghan government rebuild and further develop Logar province.[1]

The PRT combines civilian experts from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Army military, whose role is to maintain a secure environment for reconstruction projects. The Czech PRT has proportionally one of the highest numbers of civilian experts in PRT. The members of the civilian team include construction enginees, development specialists and experts in areas such as agriculture, security, media or veterinary medicine. These specialists cooperate with the provincial government, councils of elders (suras) and other representatives of local communities to extend their capacities and, through a broad range of joint projects, to have a positive impact on the province both in mid and long-term.

History[edit]

PRT Logar was established on March 19, 2008 as a 26th Provincial Reconstruction Team deployed to Afghanistan.[2] The PRT is located at U.S. Forward Operating Base Shank near capital of the Logar province, Pul-i-Alam. Current area of responsibility is 3,800 km².

PRT Logar, as of July 2008, was composed of 192 troops and 7 civilians. Troops were mostly members of 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion (1st Contingent) with attachments from other units. In August 2008, 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion was replaced by troops of the 7th Mechanized Brigade (2nd Contingent). As of August 2008, PRT Logar was composed of 200 troops and 8 civilians. In March 2009 the troops of the 7th Mechanized Brigade were replaced by troops of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade (42nd Mechanized Battalion - 3rd Contingent, 41st Mechanized Battalion - 4th Contingent). As of March 2009, the number of troops was increased to 275 and the number of civilians to 10. As of February 2010, the 7th Mechanized Brigade (72nd Mechanized Battalion - 5th Contingent / 5th Unit) took over again and the number of personnel was further increased to 286 troops and 12 civilians. In August 2010, the 7th Mechanized Brigade (71st Mechanized Battalion - 6th Unit) was deployed and the number of personnel was set to 261 troops and 11 civilians. In February 2011, the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade (43rd Airborne Battalion - 7th Unit) was deployed and the number of personnel was set to 293 troops and 11 civilians. In August 2011 they were relieved by 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion (8th Unit) and the number of personnel was set to 292 troops and 12 civilians.

Principal Leaders[edit]

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 9, 2010) —Czech soldiers assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Logar patrol a valley in Tang-e-Waghjan south of Forward Operating Base Shank. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald/Released)

Civilian Part[edit]

Year Head of the civ. part of PRT Deputy head of the civ. part of PRT
2008 – 2009 Václav Pecha Igor Klimeš
2009 – 2010 Bohumila Ranglová Jan Pejřil
2010 – 2011 Matyáš Zrno Jarmila Jelínková
2011 – 2012 Petr Svačina Marisa Perelló
Czech Republic soldiers provide security in the village of Baraki Barak, Logar province, Afghanistan, during route clearance, in order to improve security in the area, July 06, 2011.
Government and court officials during a ceremony, August 14, 2011, celebrating a new law and justice library built with the help of the Czech Republic Logar Provincial Reconstruction Team, August 14, 2011.

Military Part[edit]

Contingent and Deployment Commanding Officer Command Sergeant Major
1st Contingent
March 2008 – August 2008
COL Ivo Střecha CSM Daniel Indra
2nd Contingent
August 2008 – March 2009
LTC Pavel Lipka CSM Martin Zaorálek
3rd Contingent
March 2009 – September 2009
LTC Petr Procházka CSM Oto Holinka
4th Contingent
September 2009 – February 2010
COL Milan Schulc CSM Jan Mudruňka
5th Contingent / 5th Unit
February 2010 – August 2010
COL Rudolf Honzák CSM Vladimír Vrba
6th Unit
August 2010 – February 2011
LTC Ctirad Gazda CSM Radim Kříž
7th Unit
February 2011 – August 2011
COL Miroslav Hlaváč
8th Unit
August 2011 – February 2012
LTC Pavel Andráško
9th Unit
February 2012 – August 2012
COL Antonín Genser
10th Unit
August 2012 – February 2013
COL Josef Kopecký
11th Unit - Pull-Out Detachment
January 2013 - July 2013
MAJ Vladimír Jelínek

Casualties[edit]

Since March 2008, one soldier of PRT Logar was killed and 17 were wounded by enemy action.

  • April 30, 2008, at 1550, Private First Class (rotný[3][4] in Czech; OR-3) Radim Vaculík, from the 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion, was killed in his M1151 Up-Armored HMMWV by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) composed of anti-tank mine.[5] Four other soldiers were wounded (one of them seriously, two moderately and one lightly) in the same attack. PFC Radim Vaculík was posthumously promoted to Sergeant First Class (praporčík[6][7] in Czech; OR-7).
  • August 25, 2008 one soldier from the Military Police Special Operations Group was moderately injured when a wheel of his vehicle was damaged and the vehicle overturned.[8]
  • October 1, 2008, at 1220, seven soldiers from 7th Mechanized Brigade were wounded (one of them moderately and six lightly) in an ambush, while trying to recover an M1151 Up-Armored HMMWV that got stuck in the wadi. All were hit by shrapnel from the RPG-7.[13][14]
  • April 17, 2009, shortly before 1400, three soldiers from 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, were wounded (one of them seriously and two lightly) in their M1151 Up-Armored HMMWV by Improvised Explosive Device (IED).[16]
  • April 5, 2010, one soldier from 43rd Airborne Battalion, 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, on a foot patrol, was lightly wounded in the upper arm by a hand grenade shrapnel.[17]
  • July 13, 2011, a Corporal from 43rd Airborne Battalion, 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, on a foot patrol, was lightly wounded in the leg by enemy small arms fire.[18]
  • September 7, 2012, a Corporal at FOB Shank was heavily wounded by shrapnel from enemy indirect fire.[19]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Czech soldiers demonstrate squad tactics to Afghan National Police

Czech soldiers who deploy to Afghanistan (for at least 30 consecutive days) receive Medal of the Minister of Defense for Service Abroad - Afghanistan.[20] Also, Czech soldiers are eligible for NATO Non-Article 5 Medal after 30 either continuous or accumulated days on deployment in Afghanistan.[21]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "ISAF". Nato.int. 
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  19. ^ "Český voják v PRT utrpěl těžké zranění". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ministry of Defence Decorations, Medals and Badges" (PDf) (in Czech). pp. 26–29. 
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