Afghan National Army's Corps of Engineers push the skids of a portable, all-purpose Mabey bridge during a practical exercise in Kabul.
KABUL – More than 20 Afghan Corps of Engineer Soldiers recently participated in a two-week, coalition force training course in Kabul.
The course covered basic barrier building, engineering theories and ended with a practical exercise in which the Afghans joined coalition trainers in constructing a portable all-purpose Mabey logistic support bridge.
According to the Afghan students' team leader Safi Abdul, the Afghan engineers demonstrated considerable teamwork.
"The students are all from the Corps of Engineers but came from different divisions,” he said. "They worked for three days to build the bridge, displayed a great deal of dedication and now can pass the information on to others within the ANA.”
The Mabey bridge is a non-assault bridge that is low cost and used by more than 31 different armies around the world to transport troops and equipment. Afghan forces will use the bridge to cross areas affected by flash floods and results of war.
NTM-A is a coalition of 38 troop-contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country's security by 2014.
Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Chris Fahey
NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan Public Affairs.