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Mr. Naeem Baloch, governor of Helmand province, cuts the ribbon during a ceremony officially opening New Camp Garm Ser, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sep. 1, 2014. New Camp Garm Ser was officially opened for the ANA as a southern post to sustain their forces in the operating area without having to come back to their central location on Camp Shorabak on a regular basis. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan/ Released)

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New base completed for ANA’s 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, Helmand province

16 Sep 2014 | Cpl. Cody Haas

Helmand provincial Governor Naeem Baloch, Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps Commander Maj. Gen. Sayed Malouk, and Regional Command (Southwest) Commander Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo gathered in Garm Ser district for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new ANA base, Sept. 1.

New Camp Garm Ser is an ANA base in southern Helmand province and will be used to support the requirements of 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, for operating in the region.

The base was contracted through the United States Army Corps of Engineers and funded through Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.

“New Camp Garm Ser is a brigade-sized base capable of supporting more than 5,000 ANA troops,” said Col. Christopher Dowling, the senior advisor to the 215th Corps. “The base consists of 53 barracks, 12 classroom facilities, two dining facilities, a fire station, a fitness center and a Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility.  It will be used for the soldiers of 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, to operate out of for years to come.”

New Camp Garm Ser, which took approximately 32 months to construct, will be operated entirely by Afghan forces as a southern post for security operations in Helmand province.

Marine and coalition advisors finished brigade-level advising efforts for the 1st Brigade during 2013, and the brigade continues to succeed.

“As a Marine, I am proud of all of our accomplishments here in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. Yoo. “This new facility will allow the ANA to sustain their forces in the operating area without having to come back to their central location on Camp Shorabak on a regular basis. It is a culmination of what we have been driving for. This transition is a sign of success.”