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Work on Afghan officers’ academy underway as HERRICK 17 begins

October 10, 2012

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul marking the start of construction of an Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) while, in Lashkar Gah, 4th Mechanized Brigade has officially taken command of Task Force Helmand.

Transfer of authority ceremony at Lashkar Gah

12th Mechanized Brigade hands over command of Task Force Helmand to 4th Mechanized Brigade during the transfer of authority ceremony at Lashkar Gah on 10 October 2012. Picture: Corporal Mike O’Neill, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

The building of the future ANAOA, marked today, 10 October, by an earth-turning ceremony at its site in the Afghan capital, underlines the UK’s long-term commitment to a secure Afghanistan after combat operations cease.

Once fully operational, the ANAOA will train up to 1,350 male students and 150 female students each year. Based on a model resembling the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, it will help to sustain the ongoing progress being made in building a capable and professional Afghan National Army. This work will take place during and after the transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan Government post-2014.

The event coincided with the transfer of authority between British brigades in Helmand with 4th Mechanized Brigade taking command of Task Force Helmand from 12th Mechanized Brigade which is now on its way home. The transfer of authority marks the start of Operation HERRICK 17 which will oversee the drawdown of 500 UK Service personnel already announced to take place by the end of this year.

Continues at: mod.uk – Work on Afghan officers’ academy underway as HERRICK 17 begins

3 Comments leave one →
  1. mo3andjo7 permalink
    October 11, 2012 02:02

    OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR PRAYERS GO WITH 4TH MECH BRIGADE AND HOPE THAT THEIR TOUR OF DEPLOYMENT WITH BE SAFE, AND HAPPY HOMECOMING TO THE 12TH MECH. REGT. AND OUR THANKS TO ALL. FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM IN SOMERSET

  2. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    October 12, 2012 20:35

    Step by step we are constructing the new Afghan, ANOA is an important insitution that will forme Afghan police forces of today and of future. A new asset for the Afghan people. All by you, buddies. thanks for all. claudio alpaca

  3. Maria sanchez permalink
    October 14, 2012 20:37

    To Thomas Makin
    Be safe and know that your in our thoughts everyday.
    Love Maria,Vince,Samuel

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