By J.C. Delgadillo
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of three Afghan Uniform Police headquarters facilities in Western Afghanistan, well ahead of schedule.
The facilities, built by Afghan-owned and operated construction firms with oversight by the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, will serve as bases of operations for 100 personnel at Qala I Naw, 120 personnel at Torghondi, and 60 personnel at Lash Jaween. The facilities at Qala I Naw and Torghondi include separate barracks, locker rooms, and latrines for female personnel.
The $3 million facility in Torghondi, the $2 million facility in Qala I Naw, and the $3.4 million facility in Lash Jaween include administration offices, training rooms, guard shacks and towers, entry control points, water supply, treatment and distribution systems, dining facilities, fuel points, electrical generation and distribution systems and more. The headquarters in Torghondi, Herat province near the border with Turkmenistan, was completed 50 days ahead of schedule, the one in Qala I Naw, the capital of Badghis province, was completed 120 days early, and the facility in Lash Jaween in Farah province was completed 70 days ahead of schedule.
"This is what happens when you have the right people on the team, communicating frequently and putting their efforts behind the same goal. They get the job done accurately and on time or ahead of schedule," said Triet M. Bui, a registered professional engineer, registered environmental health specialist, and certified project management professional with the Afghanistan Engineer District-South.
Bui, a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and graduate of California State University Fullerton, served as the project manager for construction of all three facilities.
"I feel fortunate to have led a crew of knowledgeable and competent experts committed to building quality facilities for the benefit of Afghans" he said.