News Icon

News: Camp Hero graduates 1,000 Afghan soldiers

Story by Sgt. Ashley CurtisSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Camp Hero graduates 1,000 Afghan soldiers Sgt. Ashley Curtis

A newly graduated Afghan National Army soldier salutes a senior officer of the 205th Hero Corp after receiving a certificate of excellence during the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar graduation ceremony at Camp Hero, Sept. 13, 2012. The center graduated over a thousand soldiers at the ceremony from both the basic training course and the officer basic course.

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The Afghan National Army graduated a new class of soldiers from the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar at Camp Hero, Sept. 13 2012.

The ceremony included 981 basic training graduates, as well as 43 officer basic course graduates. The enlisted soldiers completed 10 weeks of training, while the officer candidates completed an 8-week course.

“[The students] did very well,” said Bulgarian army Lt. Col. Ivo Ivanov, commander of the RMTC-K senior advisor team. The advisory team is part of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

“The instructors had very good preparation. They only needed a little help,” said Ivanov.

Ivonov and his team mentor instructors at the training center, including the basic training and officer basic course instructors. All the instructors training the students are exclusively Afghan soldiers.

The training center is well on its way to becoming self-sufficient and graduating soldiers without the help of advisors.

“The next cycle will start to work without our support,” said Ivanov, describing the gradual reduction of NATO support.

Ivanov’s team will soon be replaced by another Bulgarian team, slated to serve a six-month tour as the RMTC-K’s last advisor team.

Most of the newly-graduated soldiers will continue their military education with specialized training at either RMTC-K or Kabul, while a select few will be assigned directly to the 205th Hero Corp here at Camp Hero.


Connected Media
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Members of the Afghan National Army color guard at Camp...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Col. Mohammad Haroon (left), Regional Military Training...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid (front), 205th Hero Corp...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Afghan National Army soldiers wait for their graduation...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Major Kefayatullah,...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
A newly graduated Afghan National Army soldier salutes a...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid (left) commanding general of the...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
A newly graduated Afghan National Army soldier salutes a...
ImagesCamp Hero graduates...
Members of the Afghan National Army color guard at Camp...


Web Views
121
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Camp Hero graduates 1,000 Afghan soldiers, by SGT Ashley Curtis, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.13.2012

Date Posted:09.13.2012 11:40

Location:KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AFGlobe

More Like This

  • More than 1,300 recruits joined the ranks of the Afghan National Army as soldiers during a Basic Warrior Training graduation ceremony on Nov. 11 in Regional Military Training Center – Kandahar located near Camp Hero, Afghanistan.
  • U.S. Soldiers from the Maine National Guard 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion trained Afghan National Army soldiers on the basic functions of M-16 rifles Sept. 5 and 6 at ANA Camp Hero, Kandahar province.
  • Twenty-five Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan Border Police, and Afghan Special Forces commandos received diplomas Feb. 26 in a joint ceremony at Camp Hero after graduating the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course.
  • Afghan National Security Forces assumed responsibility of security from International Security Forces in Regional Command (South) during a ceremony at Camp Hero in Kandahar province, July 1.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr