News: Afghanistan: PRT Farah Closes out Judicial Compound Refurbishment Project
Story by Lt. Chad Dulac
FARAH CITY, Afghanistan - Today members from Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah met with local leaders completing a three-month Farah Judicial Compound Refurbishment Project.
The $90,000 project was initiated by former PRT members following a terrorist attack April 3, 2013.
Construction began May 1, 2013 after allocation of the project was approved to help ensure the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) could maintain its sphere of influence after a complex attack crippled Farah’s Judicial System.
“The successful completion of this project was a direct result of the partnership developed between the previous Provincial Governor, the Farah Chief Justice and the PRT,” said PRT Farah, Team Engineer U.S. Navy Lt.j.g. Paul Manglona. “In a joint effort between the Civil Affairs (CA) team and Navy Civil Engineers, we were able to expeditiously perform a battle damage assessment and begin reconstruction efforts.”
Repairs made to both the Judicial building and the Farah Courthouse included: structural and cosmetic internal and external wall repair, clearing of debris and damaged equipment and furniture, replacement of 227 windows and frames, 60 wooden doors, yards of damaged flooring, as well as structural repair and improvement of the outer perimeter security walls and installation of two security guard towers.
PRT Farah’s Engineering team utilized a trusted local Afghan contractor to complete the work, employing 20 workers and finishing the project 32 days ahead of schedule.
“The guard towers were not originally scoped out by the PRT, and the contractor constructed the towers, heightened wall and a robust vehicle access gate free of charge as a display of good-will,” said Manglona. “They understand the importance of keeping the Judicial System operating and safe from potential future attacks.”
The project itself was a tremendous logistical and management milestone for the PRT.
“This is a phenomenal achievement for the local Farahi Judicial and Justice System and the PRT,” said PRT Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeremy Fogt. “Our team of Engineers and Civil Affairs members were invaluable to maintain continuity and meet job accomplishment despite the turn-over of command authority and projects in June.”
PRT Farah’s Engineering and CA teams have completed 11 construction projects since January, and continue working to finish several smaller projects before Forward Operating Base Farah is due to transfer authority to GIRoA by the end of the year.
PRT Farah’s mission is to train, advise, and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district, and provincial levels in Farah province, Afghanistan. Their civil-military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information about the PRT follow their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PRTFRH.