Located just outside of Kabul, Camp Black Horse was home to Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix V. It is also the site of the Canadian Afghan National Training Centre Detachment. Both groups were providing training and mentorship to Afghan government and the Afghan National Army. The American contingent was approximate 2,000 national guardsmen and the Canadian mission is a small number of trainers. The ANA units under Camp Black Horse's supervision live in an adjacent camp.
On September 6, 2008 Northeast of Kabul, in the small village of Khata Kheyl, members of Company C, 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry of the New York Army National Guard from Camp Blackhorse in Kabul, Afghanistan, were teamed with ANA soldiers from 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade 201st Corp for a Humanitarian Assistance (HA) mission.
The unit was serving as part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix's Security Forces (SECFOR) which covers the teams that mentor and train the ANA. Members of Company C don't often get to work directly with Afghan soldiers.
The soldiers normally stayed very busy providing base and convoy security to coalition forces in the central area of operations, which includes the capital city of Kabul. Camp Blackhorse is co-located with Pol-e-charky -- home of the ANA 201st Corps. C Company soldiers were able to make some friends among the ANA prior to the mission. Building relationships helped ensure teamwork would result for the HA mission.
C Company had recieved things from home to give to local Afghans and were ready to team up with the ANA for an HA mission. The unit had already selected the village for its humanitarian effort. Participation by ANA personnel was vital to the overall mission as well as means to efficiently distribute supplies to the residents through the elders.
ANA Capt. Boz Mahamat and 1st Sgt. Bakh Tiar of the 4th Kandak Headquarters, led the participating ANA soldiers on the mission. After meeting and coordinating with the village elders, Mahamat was able to establish the location in the village and conditions for the event.
In addition to providing pens, pencils, crayons, and notebooks to the children, the ANA handed out cooking oil, rice, and tea to the adults of Khata Kheyl.
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