Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
Afghan Col. Khudayak Totakhel, ANCOP commander, looks forward to the day ANCOP Zormat opens for business.
“This is a very large district,” said Totakhel. “Our permanent presence here will help minimize violence in this volatile area.”
Zormat is a district of more than 90,000 people. Historically, it has been a hotbed of Taliban activity. Civil Order Police are being permanently assigned to the area to increase regional stability.
Moving into this state-of-the-art facility is not as simple as packing bags and setting up shop. ANCOP forces must first learn to properly maintain the outpost themselves; that is where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers steps in.
“The Corps (of Engineers) handles quality assurance, construction and contract management,” said U.S. Army Capt. Daniel Hill, officer in charge of the USACE Gardez Resident Office from Whitney, Texas. “We faced many ups and downs during this project. It is on budget and is of good quality, but we had some material transfer issues.”
Another obstacle Afghan and coalition forces face at the outpost is operation and maintenance training. Training was facilitated by USACE engineers and Turkish contractors.
“After operation and maintenance training, (the ANCOP) will be passed to the Afghans to inhabit,” said Aaron Throop, the civilian USACE O&M site manager from Spokane, Wash. “They need to learn to repair and maintain the base after coalition forces leave Afghanistan.”
Throop spoke to Afghan technicians about maintaining the new facility.
“Equipment maintenance provides sustainability,” said Throop. “Equipment is like your family, if you take care of your family, it will take care of you.”
The base took two and a half years to build and cost $13.7 million. The project is the first of five new Afghan bases slated to open in 2011.
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