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Forward Operating Base Sharana

Forward Operating Base Sharana is located in the Paktika Province of Eastern Afghanistan. It's a hub many if not most of the construction projects and training that goes on in Afghanistan.

January, 2008 marked the beginning of four separate construction workshops for Afghan men between the ages of 18 and 60. Task Force Peacemaker ran the workshops and was made up of three combat heavy engineer construction line companies, the headquarters and support company from 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), out of Fort Lewis, Wash.; and 76th Engineer Vertical Detachment Company, out of Fort Knox, Ky.

In July of 2008, 1st Expeditionary RED HORSE Group was conducting well drilling operations that allowed FOB Sharana to tap into a substantial water supply under the base. The soldiers were pumping out about 115 Gallons a minute or more than 165, 000 gallons a day and well is estimated to be good for at least 15 yeears after which time it will need some maintenance and cleaning.

The workshop was held at four remote forward operating bases, FOBs, Fenty, Kushamond, Orgun-E and Sharana and trained 200 unskilled laborers in basic wood, concrete and masonry-construction techniques.

At the completion of instruction each Afghan student received about $1,200 worth of construction tools funded by the Commander's Emergency Relief Program. The tools included saws, hammers and other items instrumental to construction work.

Additionally the top 20 students in the class were hired to assist in building two Combined Joint Task Force 82 construction projects on FOB Sharana.

With an estimated 40 percent of Afghan's unemployed, the sort of skills taught in these workshops are absolutely necessary in order to begin to put Afghan's on the path to reconstruction and prosperity according to coalition officials.

Throughout 2008 a 10 soldier element in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, was responsible for numerous construction projects and improvements around FOB Sharana all these projects were done while serving as the FOB's Personal Security Detachment, going out on patrolin addition and serving a 45 day stint as the FOB's Quick Reaction Force. They built everything from a trophy case with sliding doors in the Brigade Headquarters Conference Room, to an imrpoved B-Hut for contractors working on base. They also built counters and shelves for the base exchange and post office, added three living spaces for the medical team and improved the plumbing and electrical for bathrooms and decking added to Commander and the Command Sergeant Major's living area. The Soldiers of the 36th gutted the Moral, Welfare and Recreation facility and rebuilt the interior to accommodate additional phones and computer stations. Similarly, they tore out the inside of an old operations center and constructed the interior walls for a new medical aid station. All of these projects substantially improved the quality of life for Soldiers living and working on FOB Sharana.



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