| Trainee receives its diploma
From 30th November to 14th December, 2011, a combat camera team of the Task Force La Fayette led an imagery training course for selected members of the 31st Kandak (battalion), Afghan National Army (ANA), based in the Forward Operating Base (FOB) of Tagab in Kapisa. This is another step towards the autonomy of the ANA.
The French military imagery team, reinforced by an officer from the French Army PAO (SIRPA) coming from France, trained an Afghan team consisting of a sergeant cameraman, a soldier photographer, and an officer to manage the imagery team and its equipment.
The training included an initial phase to acquire the basic rules of imagery and text design. Then the trainees conducted intensive and personalized work through practical exercises. Throughout this course, the students had to learn the basic techniques of image capture and sound, then processing (photo selection and video editing).
The course concluded with an operational mission: the cameramen were engaged as an imagery team of the 31st Kandak during a patrol conducted in the market of Tagab.
The end of this training was formalized with a graduation ceremony on 14th December 2011.
However, once the training period was completed, the mentoring began. The French imagery team, based in Tagab, will continue to advise their Afghan counterparts until they are able to operate independently.
The objective of this training is to provide ANA Kandaks the opportunity to conduct internal and external communication tasks connected with their operations.
A similar training will be conducted in 2012 for other Afghan Kandaks.