Whether you’re talking about the US military, NATO, or even the Afghan National Army, training is of upmost importance. As you may know the US Military has some of the best training in the world – military or civilian. If not the best. That’s saying a lot, but if you look at the size of the US military and how efficiently it operates, it’s pretty amazing. Anyway, that doesn’t mean that training shouldn’t be important for upcoming countries like the new Afghanistan. In fact, for them, it’s possibly more important than almost anything else in that country at the moment. The thing is, the US is in a great position to help train Afghanistan to be able to stand on their own – both in civilian ways and militarily.
The Afghan government, its citizens and Afghan national security forces throughout Nuristan province are taking full advantage of the skills, training and mentoring provided by Task Force Mountain Warrior service members to improve the security and quality of life for the people in the province.
Afghan national police, assigned to Nuristan Gov. Jamaluddin Badr’s personal security detail, conducted weapons training alongside Task Force Mountain Warrior service members with the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team at Forward Operating Base Kalagush in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, July 23. The 10 ANP officers demonstrated outstanding marksmanship. At the conclusion of the training ANP Gen. Qasim presented the policemen with certificates for their outstanding achievement.
Construction of the Wama District Center began with a ground-breaking ceremony, July 20. A construction company gathered along with local villagers and leaders to start digging the foundation. The sub-governor, Din Muhammed, and the local police chief laid the first stone. The ceremony also included a luncheon sponsored by the construction company.
Nuristan PRT sponsors a weekly training session for local villagers to learn basic construction skills. An Afghan engineer, Zalmi, conducts the classroom training for villagers who participate. Those who attend the class at least three times are given ten bags of concrete per week for a project that will benefit their village. With regular attendance and project progress reports, each student continues to receive bags of concrete for their project.
This is the kind of good news we need coming out of Afghanistan.
Sgt. Stryker out.
Logistics Marines Spend the Day Flinging Steel
Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, finish throwing practice grenades and sprint toward z live fire range aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 22. The logistics and support Marines of CLR-27 spent the day at the grenade range re-familiarizing themselves with the weapon and helping boost their confidence in the use of hand grenades. Photo by Lance Cpl. James W. Clark
A M67 fragmentation grenade thrown by a Marine from Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, explodes, hurling shrapnel and kicking up dust on a training range aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 23. The logistics and support Marines of CLR-27 spent the day at the grenade range re-familiarizing themselves with the weapon and helping boost their confidence in the use of hand grenades. Photo by Lance Cpl. James W. Clark
Colorado Soldiers Conduct Close Quarter Combat Training
Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery, Colorado Army National Guard, 115th Fires Brigade, practice responding to the commands from range control at the short-range marksmanship range at Fort Hood, Texas, May 19. This range, unlike others they have gone to before, requires Soldiers to engage targets while moving and also while shooting very close to their buddies. “This training allows you to distinguish targets, which is not only for the safety of Soldiers, but also civilians,” said Staff Sgt. Albert Trujillo of HHB.
More than 100 Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery, Colorado Army National Guard, 115th Fires Brigade, listen to the initial briefing upon arriving at the short-range marksmanship range at Fort Hood, Texas, May 19. This training is among the required training tasks Soldiers must successfully accomplish prior to deploying to Iraq this summer. Photo by Staff Sgt. Liesl Marelli