First ANA Training Range Completed at Camp Zafar

I thought I would share a proud moment with you. Yes, war is controversal but, it is what it is. There are so many in the war zone who are not soldiers, although without the protection of those trained and armed soldiers my daughter’s job would be much more dangerous. So, God bless our troops and our allies for their vigilance and personal protection of civilians who choose to serve. My daughter Jennifer is one who chose to serve in Afghanistan with the Army Corp of Engineers as the project manager for a very important project featured in this article. Please read and look for Jennifer Zimmerman’s name.This publication is in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ISAF conducts operations in Afghanistan to reduce the capability and will of the insurgency, support the growth in capacity and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and facilitate improvements in governance and socio-economic development in order to provide a secure environment for sustainable stability that is observable to the population.

First ANA Training Range Completed at Camp Zafar

ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan
For Immediate Release
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KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 15, 2011)
 — In a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Jan. 8, the 207th Corps of the Afghan National Army and its partners celebrated the completion of the first Corps training range complex built in Afghanistan.The training range complex, located at Camp Zafar, Herat, is the first of five being constructed for the ANA, according to Maj. Mark A. Lukasavich, engineer, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. “The range complex accommodates training for all weapons systems within the ANA Corps,” Lukasavich said. “It includes eight specialized ranges for the 207th Corps to qualify and train its soldiers.”

Working with NTM-A/CSTC-A, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South awarded the $5.8 million contract to Omran Consulting, Construction and Engineering Company, an Afghan firm.

“This is the first completed corps training range complex in the country, and the ANA is excited to have it,” said Jennifer Zimmerman, ANA project manager, AES. “It’s a great opportunity for them and for us to set the precedent for construction of ranges.”

Attendees included Brig. Gen. Mohaidin Ghori, chief of staff, 207th Corps; Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commander, AES; Col. Brad Booth, commander, Regional Support Command West, Mahmoud Baligh, vice president, Omran and other distinguished guests from Camp Zafar and the surrounding area. Also attending were ANA, coalition forces, NTM-A/CSTC-A, and AES personnel.

The 25 lane range supports training for hand grenade familiarization, rifle, pistol, heavy machine gun, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar qualification. Two additional areas allow soldiers to train in urban assault, fire and movement and modified urban combat operations. The complex also includes an unexploded ordinance demolition pit.

The construction contract was awarded in June 2009, and the complex was completed ahead of schedule, Zimmerman said. Omran has averaged 255 workers on site daily, plus subcontractors.

“The requirements went through many iterations and reviews with the ANA, mentors, advisors and range experts,” said Lukasavich.

AES is planning on constructing the other four ranges at the 209th Corps at Mazar-e Sharif, the 203rd Corps at Gardez, the 201st Corps at Gamberi and the 205th Corps at Shorabak districts.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dusty
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 17:31:25

    Congrats Syrin and to your daughter.


  2. WakeUpAmerica
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 18:58:51

    Very pretty young woman and she looks very much like you. Wow, though, how scary for your daughter to be there. I will pray for her safe return.


  3. Laura
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 13:52:38

    I’m very proud of Jenn my niece. love you both


  4. Dave
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 14:23:08

    I’m talking to a company about doing a manager role on a project at the same location. If your daughter is still there could you give her my email address? Perhaps she can advise me on the area.
    Thank you.


  5. Tadd
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:53:21

    hope she is doing good over there, havent heard from her in a long time but my best wishes are with her and ur family….


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