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Army October 27, 2011
By LS Paul Berry
THE Afghan National Army's (ANA)
School of Artillery celebrated its first
birthday with an official ceremony at
the Kabul Military Training Centre on
Lead mentors from the Australian
Artillery Training Team -- Kabul (ATT-
K), joined the ANA and other coalition
mentors at the celebration.
CO ATT-K Lt-Col Tim Griggs said
the school had come a long way in a
very short time.
"We are producing high quality grad-
uates who can contribute to the ANA,"
"We've seen the development of
advanced level courses within the school
at platoon sergeant level and the cap-
tains' career course and that is incredibly
important for the future of ANA artil-
Lt-Col Griggs and WO1 Tony
Kennedy presented a unit banner featur-
ing a design agreed upon by the school's
CO, ANA Lt-Col Abne Amin Kohistani,
and Lt-Col Griggs.
The banner features the ANA
Artillery symbol and the number 1389
representing the Afghan Islamic calendar
year in which the school opened.
ANA senior officers presented
ATT-K members with certificates of
The commander of the ANA Training
Centre, Maj-Gen Karim, congratulat-
ed the school and thanked the coalition
mentors, singling out the Australian
"We've done this shoulder to shoul-
der; step by step the Australian Army are
supporting us and will continue to sup-
port us," he said.
He urged the ANA artillerymen to be
"Do your duties honestly and you
will be successful."
The ATT-K consists of 19 artillery
mentors and support staff, drawn mostly
from 4 Regt in Townsville.
Lt Simon Frewin, the officer in
charge of fire direction at the school,
said the job was rewarding and worth-
"The mentoring ranges from hands-
on training with the gun, to classroom
work -- teaching map reading, using the
compass to pick targets and grids as well
as teaching them how to become instruc-
tors," Lt Frewin said.
"The previous teams set up a great
base for us, so now we're really trying to
take a step back and let the ANA do as
much instruction as possible.
"We coach and mentor them to give
better instruction to the trainees and it's
Australia has committed up to 20
artillery trainers to the ANA Artillery
While the School of Artillery teaches
officers and senior NCOs, the Artillery
Training School will prepare Afghan sol-
diers to become skilled gunners.
Strong start: CO Artillery Training Team -- Kabul
Lt-Col Tim Griggs and WO1 Tony Kennedy present
the ANA School of Artillery with a new unit banner
while ANA Training Centre commander Maj-Gen
Karim (inset) speaks at the school's first birthday
Photos by LS Paul Berry
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