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Camp Phoenix a.k.a. Camp Qargha

Last modified: 07 Jan 2016, submitted by: Joker
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Country: Afghanistan    Region: Kabul

Latitude: 34° 32' 50" N     Longitude: 69° 15' 20" E

Area use / Military Branches: US Army

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Camp Phoenix a.k.a. Camp Qargha; US joint forces on the outskirts of Kabul, is home of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, which trains the Afghan National Army. Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix is a collection of Army National Guard units that are training the new Afghan national army.

With less than 7 days in Afghanistan, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. were busy at work at the newly erected Camp Phoenix, putting up tents, pulling guard and preparing to begin their main mission - training the Afghan National Army. While the troops scurried about the camp performing daily operations, the Kellogg, Brown and Root contractors were busy making sure that the soldiers had the resources they need to relax at the end of the day.

In early 2003 Camp Phoenix was nothing but a huge junkyard full of scrap metal left from an abandoned tractor trailer park. The OMC [Office of Military Cooperation] needed a large enough area to house up to 800 soldiers and they decided this would be the perfect location, leasing it from an Afghan trucking company for one year.

As soon as the approval was given, US Army began their work of turning the junkyard into a military training camp. The camp is made up of 2 force provider kits that come with everything needed to set up operations in a field environment. Normally it takes about 3 to 4 weeks to have the whole kit set up, but the engineers here set up both ki s in about 2 weeks which is record time. By 15 May 2003 there was a dining facility, medic tent, showers, latrines and living quarters enough to house over 500 soldiers.

The camp's maximum capacity was quickly filled with more than 300 10th Mountain soldiers currently residing in the camp preparing to begin their mission. This camp was built to house the soldiers who will train the ANA. Once the training began, most soldiers remained here but some replaced Special Forces who were embedded with the Afghan trainees

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