Showing posts with label engineer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label engineer. Show all posts

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Video - NEB Training Up

The U.S. Navy Seabees are currently working with (train, advise, and assist or TAA) the Afghan National Army (ANA) National Engineer Brigade (NEB). The NEB was formed up earlier in 2014 as a national asset. View a short video (1 minute) with Gail McCabe reporting on the NEB entitled "U.S. and Afghan Forces Prepare for Operation Resolute Support", DoD News, November 5, 2014.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been busy in Afghanistan. Currently it is attempting to complete many ongoing projects before the end of the year and the end of the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) mission. There should only be 66 remaining projects as we head into the Resolute Support mission in January. Read more in "Transatlantic Afghanistan District completes 21 projects in September", DVIDS, November 4, 2014.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

U.S. Army Chief of Engineers Tours Afghanistan

The U.S. Army Chief of Engineers recently visited Afghanistan touring several bases. He received mission update briefings, met with U.S. and Afghan engineers, and learned about efforts of building partner capacity, supporting base master planning, force protection, and Afghan engineer development. On a visit to Camp Ghazi he visited the Afghan National Engineer Brigade. Read more in "Chief of engineers visits Afghanistan", DVIDS, October 22, 2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Video on USACE

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has made great contributions to the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. In this video by Armed Forces Network Afghanistan, LTG Tom Bostick (USACE Commander) and COL Pete Helmlinger (Commander of USACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District) are interviewed to explain what USACE has accomplished, the remaining projects still left to be completed, and why the reconstruction effort is needed in Afghanistan. (Published by AFN on YouTube n October 11, 2014 - 2 mins).

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Two Five (NMCB 25) are currently involved in a train, advise, and assist (TAA) mission with the Afghan National Engineer Brigade (NEB). "The mission ensures that the Afghan engineers are a viable, well-trained and equipped force ready to face the engineering and disaster response needs of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." There are a variety of ANA engineer units found at brigade, corps and national level. At one time all the ANA engineer units had SFA Engineer Advisors. The NEB has a Specialty Engineering Kandak (SEK) that does water well and bridging projects and a Construction Engineering Kandak (CeNK) which does vertical and horizontal construction. Learn more about the job of the Seabees advisory effort in "Helping Hands: Reserve Seabees Prepare Afghan Engineers for the Future", DVIDS, October 28, 2014.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Adviser Assists Combat Engineer Kandak (CEK) of 203rd ANA Corps in Paktya Province

Members of the U.S. Army are serving as advisors to the Afghan National Army (ANA). The advisors provide advice and assistance to a variety of ANA units. Every Afghan Corps has a Corps Engineer Kandak (CEK) that provides horizontal and vertical construction capability to the corps. In the photo at left U.S. Army CPT Joshua Synder, an advisor on a Security Force Assistance Advisor Team, observes vehicles of the 203rd Corp CEK during a weekly maintenance inspection at Forward Operating Base Thunder, in Paktya province. (U.S. Army photo by PFC Dixie Rae Liwanag, February 20, 2014).

Afghan National Engineer Brigade Forming

The Afghan National Army (ANA) is closer than ever to fully fielding Afghanistan's first National Engineer Brigade (NEB). Joint Task Force Sapper is working closely with the NEB providing mentorship. Other entities involved in assisting the forming of the NEB include Task Force Coda, Joint Task Force Sapper Headquarters, CSTC-A, and NTM-A. The unit will be based at Camp Ghazi in Central Afghanistan. Like many units the NEB was stood up at the Combined Field Center (CFC). The NEB will have many capabilities to include bridging and well-drilling operations as well as vertical and horizontal engineering. The NEB will complement the capabilities of the Corps Engineer Kandaks or CEKs. Read more in "National Engineer Brigade Continues to Form Under TEB Leadership", DVIDS, February 26, 2014.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SFAAT and 203rd ANA Corps Engineer Kandak Celebrate Anniversary

In the photo to the left are members of the Security Force Assistance Adviser Team (SFAAT) of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division along with members of the Combat Engineer Kandak (CEK) of the 203rd ANA Corps at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktya province, Afghanistan. The occasion was the one year anniversary of the 203rd CEK. The CEKs of the Afghan National Army (ANA) are a relatively new unit fielded in 2013. Many of the members underwent on the job training once the unit completed its basic training at the central training facility. The CEK is primarily a construction unit (vertical and horizontal). Read more news articles about the ANA Combat Engineer Kandaks. (Photo by PFC Dixie Rae Liwanag, February 17, 2014).

Friday, January 3, 2014

ANA National Engineer Brigade Bringing New Capabilities

A newly formed unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) is bringing new engineer capabilities to include drilling and bridging. The National Engineer Brigade or NEB will be based at Camp Ghazi in Kabul, Afghanistan. The National Engineer Brigade is advised by an Engineer Brigade Advise and Assist Team (EBAAT). Learn more about the NEB and EBAAT in "ANA engineer capability grows as National Engineer Brigade lays out footprint", DVIDS, December 28, 2013.