By Cheryl A. Moore, Afghanistan DistrictApril 2, 2019
(This is the first article in a five-part series on the 54th Chief of Engineers' visit to the Transatlantic Afghanistan District)
The 54th Chief of Engineers and USACE Command Sergeant Major finished a visit with the Transatlantic Afghanistan District closing out the month of March and the second quarter of the fiscal year.
Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite and Command Sergeant Major Bradley J. Houston spent more than 48 hours in theater engaging with the Senior Leaders and Staff from the USACE Afghanistan District, the Huntsville Center, 553rd FEST, CSTC-A CJENG, RS CJENG, USFOR-A JENG, and elements of the 20th Engineer Brigade, currently the USARCENT Theater Engineer Brigade.
Once on the Bagram Airfield the team headed right into orientation briefs which included Operations updates at the USFOR-A headquarters via Virtual Teleconferencing with General Miller and all Train, Advise, Assist Commands/Task Forces, followed by a USACE District overview, then a 20th Engineer Brigade and CSTC-A overview.
The first day also consisted of visits with the tactical troops from the 264th Engineer and 801st Engineer Companies.
According to Col. Jason Kelly, Afghanistan District commander it was an excellent visit with LTG Todd Semonite and CSM Houston. Though visits to each of the districts' project delivery platforms weren't possible, all were included through the use of Virtual Teleconferencing.
Part of the District's overview included the program estimated at just over $1B with 90 projects being executed, 45 of those in construction and 16 in the pre-award phase, looking at an additional 29 in the future. The timely delivery and maintenance of infrastructure in support of the Afghan National Defense Security Forces, along with security upgrades to support our U S Forces-Afghanistan, and the Afghanistan National Power Transmission and Distribution facilitation has the district "Delivering the Program".
Part II- Connecting with engineers across Bagram at a Town Hall-