TAA Exceeds July Goal for Projects Concluded
August 1, 2013
By T.W. Lyman
KABUL-- In June as the Afghanistan engineer team anticipated the activation of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Afghanistan District, they also set a modest goal for July--to conclude 20 projects toward the ultimate objective to execute quality and timely construction and engineering operations throughout Afghanistan.
TAA surpassed the goal by 40 percent as they concluded 28 projects during July. The Afghan National Police were the main beneficiary of the district's work.
The ANP received new water towers at two sites, a new provincial response company facility, security features and the finishing touches on a National Police Hospital.
Kevin Sánchez, the resident engineer for the project working out of the Kabul Area Office, said, "The ANP now has a functional facility that they can be proud of."
Sánchez, a Department of Veterans Affairs resident engineer in Fayetteville, Ark., originally from Coppers Cove, Texas explained that the flat roof was replaced with a standing seam sloped metal roof, and safety-related work for exit lights and flooring were completed. Additionally, a new well and well house with requisite pipes, electrical work, and new public restrooms rounded out the project. The hospital is located in the Kabul area.
Another project concluded this month provided four ANP company headquarters sites. Total contract value of the project exceeds $25 million.
These projects are part of the district effort to build the infrastructure that enables Afghan National Security Forces, specifically the national army and national police, to fulfill their vital missions in support of Afghanistan
Projects are concluded when they are completed, modified to meet current needs, or when requirements are no longer needed.
TAA is successfully working to conclude more than 300 projects valued in excess of $3 billion with a staff of approximately 400 civilian and uniformed personnel.
Sánchez is a civilian volunteer who committed to work one year for USACE in Afghanistan.