KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the Kandahar Air Wing recently conducted Wing Operation Cell training with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 21.
The purpose of the training is for the soldiers of the KAW to learn how to track aircraft and ground forces on the battlefield and coordinate with both.
“The training is great for us to have,” said Afghan Lt. Col. Wazir Mohammad. “This training is very important for our job. The students are working hard to learn the tasks being taught.”
This was the third class in an eight week training course. During this session, the soldiers were taught how to identify the terrain features on a map.
“We teach them aviation tasks and sub tasks they need to know for their job,” said Master Sgt. Shane Waite, Operation Noncommissioned Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th CAB, originally from Culpeper, Va. “This week we covered how to locate terrain features on a map. Although land navigation is a sub task for wing operations, they have to be able to read a map so they can coordinate the forces on the battlefield.”
Each week, 10 to 12 Afghan soldiers participate in the WOC training. The tasks covered by the training are communications, land navigation, map reading, and operations and planning.
“The goal of the training is to teach these soldiers the necessary tasks so they can teach others in their unit to do the same,” said Waite. “They ask for materials at the end of each class so they can practice in their free time.”
As the soldiers continue the training, their relationship and trust grows with them.
“We are thankful and pleased to be working with our Coalition partners,” said Mohammad. “We look forward to continuing the training.”