The Afghan National Police (ANP)
in Gardez district 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 (USACE).
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 ANP 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 Lt. Col. , 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
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