Camp Hero graduates 1,000 Afghan soldiers

117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (Hawaii)
Story by Sgt. Ashley Curtis

Date: 09.13.2012
Posted: 09.13.2012 11:40
News ID: 94664
Camp Hero graduates 1,000 Afghan soldiers

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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> “[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.<br /> <br /> “The instructors had very good preparation. They only needed a little help,” said Ivanov.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> The training center is well on its way to becoming self-sufficient and graduating soldiers without the help of advisors.<br /> <br /> “The next cycle will start to work without our support,” said Ivanov, describing the gradual reduction of NATO support. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.