News: Police to Experience Modern Training Facility in Gardez, Afghanistan
Story by Sgt. Tony Knouf
By U.S. Army Sgt. Tony Knouf
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan national police in Gardez province can now live at their police compound while attending training, thanks to a new $5 million construction project headed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The new site includes five living barracks, a latrine, a laundry facility, dining facility, leach field for sewage, and a parking lot. The move to provide a more modern training facility for the ANA is part of an initiative to advance training, increase retention rates, and provide greater security in Paktya province.
“The government of Afghanistan sees the need for a strong and stable police force,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Roger Moore, USACE area office officer in charge from Atlanta.
The two-story barracks are currently unfurnished, but include electricity provided by generators and also include stove heaters. The latrines include running water and connect to the underground sewage system, and the dining facility is already in full operation.
The facility can house approximately 200 trainees. Military Police from Forward Operating Base Lightning and members of the U.S. Army’s 95th Military Police Battalion are planning to partially occupy the facility for the remainder of their deployment in order to train and mentor the Afghan police, according to 1st Lt. Ryan Goltz, Task Force Sheriff, headquarters and headquarters detachment commander from Milwaukee.
The facilities were constructed by the Fazlullah Construction & Engineering Company and United Infrastructure Projects and funded by the multinational, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversaw and managed the project and will provide regular follow-up inspections on the site starting in October, then twice again in March and June 2011. FCEC will also provide maintenance training in order to ensure the property’s longevity after foreign forces withdraw.
The facility officially opened, June 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.