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Army November 24, 2011
By LS Paul Berry
NINE Afghan boys proudly took centrestage as
the latest graduates of the Trade Training School at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot on October 13.
The well established and appointed school couldn't be
further from its humble beginnings, when lessons began
under a makeshift tarpaulin in October 2006.
In the five years since Reconstruction Task Force 1
opened the school, about 700 Afghans have graduated
and taken valuable trade skills out into the province.
The latest graduates take away a certificate of com-
pletion, an impressive bag of tools and basic skill-sets in
carpentry, plumbing, framing, roofing, concreting, brick-
laying and tiling.
The director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team
-- Uruzgan, Adrian Lochrin, urged graduating students to
never stop learning.
"The future of the province depends on people like
you. Whatever you do, make sure the province is a peace-
ful and prosperous place for you and your families," Mr
Many of the school's first students are now course
instructors, with a small Army engineer team managing
and mentoring the courses.
Course manager LCpl Jason Corradi said it was
rewarding to watch the students and instructors grow and
"Our main focus is to prepare and train the instructors
so they can take over the school themselves," he said.
"We do a lot of the planning for the bigger projects
and we tend to the Army side of things, like getting the
materials and tools that we need, but even then we are
getting the instructors involved in the whole process."
Many Trade Training School graduates are now
employed with contractors used by the Provincial
Reconstruction Team or in local council work teams.
"It's great to see the students getting employed and
making the most of their new skills," LCpl Corradi said.
Smarter bomb school
By AB Jo Dilorenzo
WEAPONS intelligence is
the newest component on the
explosive hazards reduction
course (EHRC) conducted
for Afghan National Security
Forces (ANSF) in Uruzgan
Combined Team -- Uruzgan
(CT-U) weapons intelligence team
member Sgt Dan Gray provides
training in evidence collection
and preservation to the ANSF.
"This is an excellent subject
to be included on the course," Sgt
The Engineering Operational
Mentor and Liaison Team con-
ducts the specialised course for
the Afghan National Army,
Afghan National Police and
Afghan Local Police.
Australian combat engineers
and US Army explosive ordnance
disposal engineers assist on the
The current batch of students
are the first to participate in the
weapons intelligence component
of the course.
"It reinforces the need to han-
dle what they find with the correct
protective equipment to preserve
evidence for exploitation," Sgt
As explosives are often the
weapon of choice for insurgents,
the threat is constantly evolving.
The EHRC will also evolve
and continue to update the skills
it imparts on its students, who are
increasingly responsible for deal-
ing with the current threats found
The course is an important
step in providing Afghan forces
with the skills to maintain and
enhance the improving security
environment in Uruzgan province.
In two years, ANSF has grown
from about 192,000 to more than
With the ANSF on track to
take lead responsibility for securi-
ty in Uruzgan province, the focus
has now shifted from growing the
size of the Afghan security force
to improving its quality and spe-
cialist capabilities through cours-
es such as the EHRC.
The Australian engineers from
CT-U remain focused on continu-
ing to develop and implement the
course to train and qualify Afghan
personnel to deal with the threat of
IEDs and unexploded ordnance.
Dig this: Spr Ruben Crouch shows an Afghan soldier what he has detected in the ground during a practical phase of the explosive
hazardous reduction course at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
Trading places: Spr Marcus Shipp presents a bag
of tools to a graduate of the Trade Training School.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
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