25th CAB turns wrenches with ANA

| March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Spc. Sergio Ortiz (right), wheeled vehicle mechanic, HSC, 209th Avn. Support Bn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, shows Sgt. Mohammad Rajab, mechanic, 205th Corps, ANA, where to remove bolts on the  radiator cover of a forklift during a training session on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 8.

Spc. Sergio Ortiz (right), wheeled vehicle mechanic, HSC, 209th Avn. Support Bn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, shows Sgt. Mohammad Rajab, mechanic, 205th Corps, ANA, where to remove bolts on the radiator cover of a forklift during a training session on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 8.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviatio­­n Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Mechanics with the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a maintenance training session with mechanics from the 205th Corps, Afghan National army, or ANA, at the motor pool, here, March 8.

While the joint maintenance training built upon the skill and experience of Afghan soldiers, they also gained enough experience to eventually perform maintenance independently.

“It is really good to work with the coalition forces,” said Afghan Sgt. Mohammad Rajab. “I get the experience I need to complete the tasks successfully from these training sessions.”

During this training session, Rajab and Afghan Pvt. Monwar got hands-on experience with forklift cooling systems while working to replace the fuel injector pump.

“Since the 25th CAB started this training with 205th Corps mechanics, they have improved considerably,” said Capt. Andrew Schlaf, commander, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Avn. Support Bn. “The mechanics had the knowledge to perform certain tasks; we aid them in applying the knowledge, so they gain the experience needed to continue their own operations.”

The first day of training is the conceptualization of the different systems on multiple vehicles.

The intent is to have ANA mechanics visualize or troubleshoot the vehicle as a whole and not just a specific section or system.

The second day is the check-on learning when ANA mechanics apply what they learned using the hands-to-brain concept.

“While working with coalition forces, I have the opportunity to learn something new each day,” Rajab said. “Not only do I learn something from them, but they learn something from us, too, in each session.”

The training event was one more step toward building confidence and independence in the soldiers of the Afghan army.

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