Well, the first class of new officers since I’ve been here graduated today. I must say that I felt proud. Not because I taught these students myself. Heck I dont even know any of their names. No, I was proud because I helped the commander, staff, and instructors produce high quality ANA (Afghan National Army) officers through mentorship while dealing with about 1/3 of the staff we are suppose to have, 250% more students than we should have, and virtually no equipment. Everything we have we had to beg borrow and steal (not really!) to get.
I think the cadre have done well and I look forward to seeing them grow and improve even more while I’m here.
Here is a picture of a great ANA tradition after the graduation ceremony. Kam, my interpreter, calls it the “Man Dance.” Enjoy!
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