Forward Operating Base Shank

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Forward Operating Base Shank
(Camp Dahlke)
(FOB Dahlke West)
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Logar Province in Afghanistan
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Forward Operating Base Shank is located in Afghanistan
Forward Operating Base Shank
Forward Operating Base Shank
Shown within Afghanistan
Coordinates33°55′19″N 69°04′41″E / 33.92194°N 69.07806°E / 33.92194; 69.07806 (Forward Operating Base Shank)Coordinates: 33°55′19″N 69°04′41″E / 33.92194°N 69.07806°E / 33.92194; 69.07806 (Forward Operating Base Shank)
Site information
OwnerResolute Support Mission (RS)
OperatorUnited States Armed Forces
Afghan National Security Forces
Site history
Built2008 (2008)
In use2008-current
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: OAA, ICAO: OASH
Elevation2,016 metres (6,614 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
16L/34R 2,094 metres (6,870 ft) Asphalt
Number Length and surface
16R/34L 610 metres (2,001 ft) Asphalt

FOB Shank (IATA: OAA, ICAO: OASH, also known as Firebase Shank) is a forward operating base of the U.S. military, located in the Logar province of Eastern Afghanistan, about 12 km south-east of the city of Baraki Barak.


As of July 2008, it was the home to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops actively supporting the Afghan National Security Forces by training the Afghan National Police (ANP). The Police Academy, led by a U.S. Police Mentoring Training team, cooperates daily with Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team Logar, which is composed of 200 Czech Soldiers and about 10 civilians.

These efforts are focused on training the Afghanistan National Auxiliary Police to become members of the ANP.

As of 8 July 2008, Czech and Afghan instructors were teaching the fourth group of cadets at the Academy. Each group attends a three-week cycle which includes first-aid treatment, tactics, patrolling, weapons training, vehicle-check-point procedures and many other police-related subjects. The practical part of the training also includes scenarios where cadets are ambushed by simulated oppositional forces.[citation needed]

During 2014 the base was downsized partly by 252 Engineer Company, 223rd Engineer Battalion and was expected to be turned over to the ANA before early 2014.[1]

The last few convoys containing equipment from FOB Shank back to Bagram Airbase were completed during October 2014 by the 730th Transportation Company, 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade.[2]

However as of 2014 the base was renamed to Camp Dahlke.[citation needed]

Deployed units[edit]


  • April 2011
    • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade
      • Company F, 2nd Battalion (Aviation Support)
  • January - August 2012
    • 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (TF Corsair)
      • Unknown Company, 3rd Battalion
      • Unknown Company, Unknown Battalion (UH-60M)
      • Company B, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment (CH-47F)
      • Company B, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (CH-47)
      • Company F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, (Grey Eagle) - first unit to operate Grey Eagle at Shank.
      • Elements of 122nd Aviation Support Battalion
  • June - December 2013
    • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (TF Knighthawk)
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Assault Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment
      • Company C, 2nd Assault Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (UH-60M)
      • Company E, 2nd Assault Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (Aviation Support)
      • Company ?, 2nd Assault Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (AH-64)
      • Company B, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (CH-47F)
      • Company C, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (HH-60M)
  • 2014
  • October 2014
    • Company B, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment (CH-47)
  • May 2016 - Unknown
  • 2018

Ground forces

  • Company A, 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division between July 2009[5] and October 2009.
  • Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team during July 2012.
  • A Co, 1st Battalion - 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division during 2011-2012.
  • 1st Squadron (Airborne) 91st Cavalry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team June 2012-March 2013.
  • 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division March 2013 - November 2013.
  • B CO, 1st Battalion - 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne(Air Assault) Division during January 2014-October 2014.
  • 1982nd Forward Surgical Team during 2015.[6]
  • 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion during October 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Afghanistan: April 2014". The Atlantic. May 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ruffians close down FOB Shank". DVIDS. August 9, 2016.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ "710 BSB bolster security around FOB Shank". US Army. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  6. ^

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