KANDAHAR , Afghanistan -- Construction is underway on an Afghan National Police provincial headquarters and provincial response company compound here. Once complete, the headquarters will accommodate 200 police specialists and the company compound will accommodate 135 personnel.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Afghanistan District project consists of two adjacent sites. Included in the design and construction are administration buildings, training buildings, dining halls, separate barracks for men and women, force protection measures, wastewater collection and treatment systems, electrical generation and distribution systems, detention cells, fuel points, and more. The project is about 40 percent complete.

"Infrastructure like the kind currently under construction in Kandahar will enable Afghans to provide increased security and stability in the province because these facilities provide adequate places for Afghan National Security Forces to live, work and train," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Connor, officer in charge of the Transatlantic Afghanistan District South Area Office.

Although a contractor is building the facilities, USACE personnel, including Jason Riharb, conduct thorough inspections of the construction site several times weekly. As a young civil engineer with five years of experience, including nearly two in combat zones, Riharb has the education and expertise required to identify potential problems and coordinate corrective actions.

"My objective is to make sure the contractors here build safe and reliable facilities that comply with the International Building Code and project plans and specifications, within the time and budget allotted," said Riharb. "These facilities will support Afghan National Security Forces as these forces serve and protect their communities," he said.

The project is expected to be completed in January of 2014.

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