ANASOC facilities expand at Camp Commando
New facility offers crucial skills training for Afghan commandos and Special Forces operators
Publication date: 26 October 2012
By Lieutenant (Navy) Sylvain Rousseau
This story comes from Operation ATTENTION
Kabul, Afghanistan; 9 October 2012 MGen Jim Ferron and CSM CWO Daniel Brissette, respectively Task Force Commander and Task Force Chief Warrant Officer of CCTM-A, unveil the memorial plaque for the Sgt Qais Shoot House with BGen Karim and Comd Sgt-Maj Wafa, respectively Commander and Command Sergeant-Major of ANASOC. (Image number AT2012-0140-023 by MCpl Cless Howse)
Kabul, Afghanistan; 9 October 2012 MGen Jim Ferron, Commander CCTM-A, addresses ANASOC soldiers in front of the Sgt Qais Shoot House. (Image number AT2012-0140-016 by MCpl Cless Howse)
To mark the strong bond they have forged with their Afghan counterparts, soldiers of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) built an inuksuk at the Sgt Qais Shoot House, a facility for practising indoor shooting skills that opened at Camp Commando, near Kabul, on 9 October 2012.
Natives of Canada's far North build inuksuit vaguely humanoid forms made of stacked rocks to mark the right path for hunters and other travellers on the vast expanse of the tundra.
This inuksuk was built to symbolize the combined journey along the path of brotherhood between Afghan and Canadian Special Operations forces," said some CSOR members during the ceremonial opening and dedication of the Sgt Qais Shoot House.
The Sgt Qais Shoot House is dedicated to a non-commissioned officer of the Afghan National Army who was born in the village of Bala Bagh in Surkh Road District of Nangrahar Province and killed by insurgents at the age of 25, during an operation conducted in the village of Damdara in Sarkano District of Kunar Province.
An important addition to the training offered to soldiers of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC), the Sgt Qais Shoot House is more than a mere indoor range, with static targets. It also provides a safe space for commandos and Special Forces operators to practise distinguishing threats from non-threats while firing live ammunition by far the most effective way to conduct this kind of training.
That shoot house is a demonstration of how the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command will continue to move forward," said Major-General Jim Ferron, commander of the Canadian Contribution Training MissionAfghanistan, the task force deployed in Afghanistan on Operation ATTENTION.
In May 2012, a team from ANASOC placed 14th in a field of 32 international teams competing in the fourth annual Warrior Competition in Amman, Jordan a vast improvement on their first appearance, in the 2011 competition, in which the Afghans finished last. The 2012 team was made up of Afghan National Army commandos and Special Forces operators, and their improvement is due, in part, to weeks of training and mentoring from CSOR advisors.
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