News: ANA Engineer soldiers help rebuild FOB Finley Shields
By U.S Army Sgt. 1st Class Juan Delgado
Task Force Red Devils, Public Affairs
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In the middle of April, insurgents attacked Forward Operating Base Finley Shields, damaging multiple structures. As a result, the Afghan National Army Construction Engineer soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps helped the U.S. Army rebuild the wooden structures. The structures ranged in size throughout the life support area and command centers of the FOB.
Throughout the winter training phase, ANA engineers from 2nd Brigade developed their partnership with help from soldiers of the 236th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion. Finley Shields provided the partnership an opportunity for the ANA soldiers to continue to develop and fine tune their vertical construction skills, which will lead toward independent operations.
During the construction process ANA non-commissioned officers continued to develop their building skills with training support and advising from the 236th Engineer Company. Training involved layouts, floor construction, wall framing, hanging rafters and basic electrical installation.
“The training we received will be useful, as we plan on taking it back to train our soldiers” said Staff Sgt. Ibrahim Bakhtiar, a native of Kabul.
“This was an excellent ANA development situation, where engineers were able to work side by side on a daily basis for a very large construction project”, said Capt. David Bird, 236th Engineer Company commander. “We took a Taliban attack and turned it into an ideal ANA development project.”
“I’d like the partnership to last longer and not just until the project at Finley Shields is finished,” said Sgt. Mohammed Rahim a Jalalabad native.