• Lt. Col. Peter J. Koch, commander, AFSBattalion-Bagram, 401st AFSB, and Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Ibrahim Wardak, liaison officer, verify paperwork before Wardak signs for the final 49 M1114 vehicles being issued under a Foreign Military Sales Case.

    401st completes M1114 vehicle transfer to ANA

    Lt. Col. Peter J. Koch, commander, AFSBattalion-Bagram, 401st AFSB, and Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Ibrahim Wardak, liaison officer, verify paperwork before Wardak signs for the final 49 M1114 vehicles being issued under a Foreign Military Sales Case.

  • Michael A. Fiame, 401st AFSB equipment specialist, talks to Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Ibrahim Wardak, liaison officer, as Wardak exits one of final 49 M1114 vehicles being issued under a Foreign Military Sales Case.

    401st completes M1114 vehicle transfer to ANA

    Michael A. Fiame, 401st AFSB equipment specialist, talks to Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Ibrahim Wardak, liaison officer, as Wardak exits one of final 49 M1114 vehicles being issued under a Foreign Military Sales Case.

  • The last 49 M1114 vehicles sold to the Afghan National Army under a Foreign Military Sales case leave Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan last Nov. 12. The program transferred more than 950 vehicles and a separate program had Afghan National Army soldiers work on the vehicles to improve their maintenance skills and familiarization with the vehicles.

    401st completes M1114 vehicle transfer to ANA

    The last 49 M1114 vehicles sold to the Afghan National Army under a Foreign Military Sales case leave Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan last Nov. 12. The program transferred more than 950 vehicles and a separate program had Afghan National Army soldiers...

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- A historic mission for the 401st Army Field Support Brigade came to an end Nov. 12 when AFSBn-Bagram issued 49 M1114 vehicles to the Afghan National Army, under a Foreign Military Sales case.

The 49 vehicles were the last of more than 950 vehicles that were involved in the program that lasted about 30 months.

Before the vehicles were turned over to the ANA, they were completely checked and restored to a fully mission capable status at AFSBn-Bagram and Camp Lindsey near Kandahar. In some cases, the vehicle was practically rebuilt from the ground up, while other vehicles required only minor repair and refurbishment.

"Almost every component [of the vehicle] was touched," said Michael A. Fiame, 401st AFSB equipment specialist. "The suspension, tires, whatever was needed."

For approximately one year, AFSBn-BAF conducted a maintenance mentorship program in which Afghan soldiers worked alongside battalion mechanics to learn more about the vehicles and improve their proficiency in maintaining them. They worked on the very vehicles that were turned over to the ANA under the sales case.

"The M1114 transfer was an opportunity for me to see firsthand why I volunteered to come to Afghanistan," said Tarracne C. Fortner, AFSBn-Bagram support operations. "Working with Lieutenant Colonel Wardak was my first experience working with an Afghan military professional. I'm glad I was afforded that opportunity."

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