Bagram Air Base
On or about 20-21 August 2012, 2 rockets were fired by insurgents in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Base. Shrapnel from the rockets damaged a C-17 military cargo aircraft that had brought Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey to Afghanistan. The Chairman was in his room at the time of the incident and was unharmed. The damage to the aircraft meant that the Chairman departed Afghanistan safely on an alternate aircraft. Two ground crew members were slightly injured and an ISAF helicopter was also damaged in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.
Bagram Airbase is located in the Parvan Province approximately 11 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of the city of Charikar and 47 Kilometers (27 miles) north of Kabul. It is served by a 10,000 foot runway built in 1976 capable of landing large cargo and bomber aircraft.
Bagram Airbase has three large hangars, a control tower, and numerous support buildings. There are over 32 acres of ramp space. There are five aircraft dispersal areas with a total of over 110 revetments. Many support buildings and base housing built by the Soviets, have been destroyed by years of fighting between the various warring Afghan factions.
Bagram Airbase played a key role during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, serving as a base of operations for troops and supplies. and Aircraft based at Bagram provided close air support for Soviet and Afghan troops in the field. Some of the Soviet forces based out of Bagram included the elite 105th Guards Airborne Division.
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