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PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Engineer U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, a Doty, Wash., native, explains the importance of adding appropriate proportions of materials when mixing concrete to local contractors during a construction workshop March 8. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Peck, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)


PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team engineers conducted its first hands-on construction workshop for 13 locally-owned construction companies March 8.

“After hearing about our construction workshop on the radio station the night before, locals from nine different construction companies showed up an hour early in anticipation that they might be able to join the training and help build a relationship with the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team,” said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, PRT Engineer and Doty, Wash., native.

The PRT engineering team began preparing for the construction workshop in January with hopes of mitigating the most common construction errors they have seen in the province.

Compton said workshop was designed with four ideas in mind: to lay out the PRT’s expectations for the upcoming construction season; to help contractors close the gap between engineers and project manager and the local unskilled laborers; to create a common reference point for deficiencies discussions; and to allow PRT engineers and contractors to collaborate and network in a consequence-free environment.
The workshop included classroom instruction and hands-on application, including a lesson on working with concrete.

“Everyone here knows these are the basic principles for properly mixing concrete, however we have seen these mistakes on every project that we monitor in the province,” Scott Davis, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction representative with Panjshir PRT and an Omaha, Neb., native, said to the contractors during the class.

“Having this kind of workshop is very useful for construction engineers,” said Haji Ghulam Nabi Yaqoobi, director of Yaqoobi Construction and Road Construction Co., through an interpreter. “It allows us to develop our experience and skills and will help to improve construction in Panjshir Province.”

Overall, Compton believes the first two days were a success.

“The contractors were able to perform some hands-on labor, become familiar with the PRT’s expectations for rebar and concrete working, and do some collaboration and networking with each other,” he said.



PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local construction company representatives, mix concrete during the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team’s construction workshop March 8. The workshop was designed to help companies understand expectations for the upcoming building season. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Peck, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - During Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team’s construction workshop March 8, attendees prepare to test a batch of concrete for its workability and water content before the concrete was placed in ring beams. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Peck, Panjshir PRT Public Affairs)PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - During Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team’s hands-on construction workshop March 8, attendees lay concrete in a ring beam during the “practical” portion of the workshop. The concrete will be broken the last day of the workshop to show the different results of using improper techniques compared to methods taught during the workshop. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Peck, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.