News: ANA 203rd Corps holds Media Day
Story by Sgt. Andrew Reagan
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan national army's 203rd Thunder Corps held a Media Day, attended by more than 30 print and broadcast journalists from Kabul and nearby Gardez, on Forward Operating Base Thunder in eastern Afghanistan's Paktya province, May 12.
The event was a chance for the 203rd Corps to connect with both local and national media members and also reach out to the Afghan people to keep them informed of the 203rd Corps' continuing operations to safeguard and secure Afghanistan.
The event began with a presentation by ANA Brig. Gen. Mohammed Akbar, deputy commander for the 203rd Corps. Akbar discussed the accomplishments of the 203rd Corps over the past year, including an increase in enemies killed and captured and weapons confiscated, and outlined the 203rd Corps' plans for the coming year.
"We are working together with our coalition partners and will continue our combined-action operations," said Akbar. "We will conduct both small and large-scale campaign operations to defeat the enemies of Afghanistan."
The media representatives also toured the Paktya Regional Military Hospital and the training grounds on FOB Thunder, where they interviewed ANA Soldiers and viewed sniper rifle, Humvee driving, react to contact and explosive ordnance disposal exercises. The reporters were impressed with the degree of access the 203rd Corps allotted them and the Corps' willingness to be open and forthcoming with the visitors.
"The representatives of the 203rd Corps gave us a detailed brief on their activities in the past year and what they plan to do in the year ahead," said Gamshid Mhomand, a reporter with Ayna TV in Kabul. "They were very open and gave us as much information as they could."
By distributing information to the media, the 203rd Corps is in turn keeping the Afghan people abreast of the steps it is taking to protect them, said ANA Lt. Col. Fazel Khuda, deputy chief of the 203rd Corps Public Affairs Office.
"It is important that we inform the citizens of Afghanistan about our operations to defeat the enemy. That way they know we are capable of destroying the enemy and protecting the Afghan people," said Khuda.