29 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-248

ISAF and local Afghans learning from each other

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The Construction Engineering section of ISAF’s Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) presently retains many local Afghan employees to work on improvement projects around the camp.

“We have divided the labour teams up into smaller sections so that each of our specialist engineers can take on a section and mentor them,” stated Major Tanya Concannon, the section supervisor for the PRT engineers.

Currently being mentored at the KPRT are electricians, plumbers, carpenters, masons, refrigeration mechanics and a painter. 

“They are very eager to learn,” stated Master Corporal Dave Mitchell, who supervises some of the Afghans.  “They have the want, desire, and will to learn.  They want to become better at their trades and they give 110 percent more than I ask of them.”

Through daily interactions between ISAF Canadian Forces members and the local Afghan employees, a great working partnership has been established and it seems that everyone is learning from each other.

“We have also been able to pick up a skill or two from the local Afghans we have been fortunate enough to have worked with,” added Master Corporal Mitchell.

The Afghans who are participating in the program are able to now go out on their own to complete some tasks. “I now have a mini Construction Engineering section right on the base,” added Master Corporal Mitchell.

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