News: ANA soldier stands out among peers
KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of the 3/205th Afghanistan National Army train with U.S. forces learning the capabilities of mine detection equipment, June 4.
The training event is a part of weekly training, which covers different facets of being a combat engineer. The training is led by members of the 22nd Engineer Clearance Company.
According to U.S. Army Spc. Justin Manchester during the training one ANA soldier stood out in particular because of his proficient use of the mine detector Samiullah.
Samiullah’s expertise with the mine hound greatly helps the unit’s mission to eradicate the country of improvised explosive devices threats. It is an asset for the members of the 3/205th to have one of their own to help teach them the importance of mind hounds. His knowledge and skill set helps the 22nd facilitate training that is led by the ANA for the ANA.
“I really like using the mine detectors. I studied them in Marza-e-sharif,” said Samiullah.
The minehounds are used to help dismounted soldiers locate mines. The device combines ground penetrating radar and metal detection systems to help soldiers identify the threat of potential mines in their path.
“It’s important for me to do a good job. I really like clearing my routes and doing well on my missions. I just really want to do well for my country,” Samiullah said.
The 22nd ECC has been working hard with the ANA to get them prepared for the challenges ahead. As the U.S. goes forward with its plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is imperative that the ANA are ready to take the lead. The weekly training held by the 22nd will ensure that the soldiers of the 3/205th are ready for this task.
“The ANA will have one of the hardest working jobs in Afghanistan,” said Samiullah. “We will have to train harder and be professional for the war. When the Taliban tries to bring terrorism the Afghanistan, we will have to beat them.”
Date Posted:06.20.2012 08:27
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