Sunday, April 16, 2006

ANA graduates 1st radio operator & maintenance class

Photo Courtesy of Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan Public Affairs
KABUL , Afghanistan – Afghanistan National Army Maj. Gen. Mohammad Mangal (right)
congratulates ANA Col. Fatah for graduating from the intermediate-level operator
and field-level tactical radio maintenance class. Col. Fatah also was recognized
as an exceptional performer.

By Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan Public Affairs Office

KABUL , Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army recently graduated 28 students from its first intermediate-level operator and field-level tactical radio maintenance class at Camp Pol-e-Charkhi.

“Communications provides the critical means for the army to operate and this training will further develop the capability,” said Brig. Gen. Anwar, ANA communications staff officer.

The eight-week training consisted of operator-level training and field-level maintenance. Operator-level training is a nontechnical approach to equipment use and includes various topics such as basic installation and simple fault troubleshooting.

Field-level maintenance goes beyond simple use and focuses on preparing the technician to be a fully skilled repairman. Topics in the field-level maintenance classes included advanced installation, general operational theory, troubleshooting and module replacement.

The class was taught in English, but the ANA soldiers were aided by interpreters and student leaders. They led the class in team exercises, design problems and helped to explain certain fundamentals of the curriculum.

ANA Maj. Gen. Mohammad Mangal, 201st Corps commander, officiated the graduation ceremony. During his remarks, he recognized increasing skills in the ANA, stating that training such as this was indicative of a professional military force. He charged the graduates with the passing along their professionalism to their subordinates.

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