PRT renovates part of ANA base in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): A part of the Afghan National Army (ANA) base was renovated and handed over to soldiers from 1st battalion in central Logar province, the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) said on Wednesday.
A new kitchen, a dining hall and a first-aid station were built on the Al Timur base as part of the PRT's project. Previously, conditions on the base were hard, especially for injured and sick soldiers, a statement from the PRT said.
"We had just a tent with two field beds as a first-aid station. Another tent was serving as a dining hall,” said Lt. Col. Toryalai, head of the ANA 1st battalion, which has about 700 soldiers.
With the new emergency station serving as a treatment and rest centre, he said the injured soldiers would be still transported to the neighbouring Paktia province for difficult operations.
A new headquarters is currently under construction on the Al Timur base, according to the press release. "Local conditions have not been suitable for coordination of difficult operations, the old headquarters is not equipped for work at night or with maps," said František Kříž, the PRT security officer.
With the PRT´s civilian component trying to improve the working and living conditions for Afghan soldiers and policemen, the military part arranges their training at the same time.
"We realize that the quality of army and police will be a key factor during the transition, which has already been ongoing in some provinces. Therefore, the importance of support to security forces is increasing," said Petr Svačina, head of civilian PRT.
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