Forward Operating Base Shank

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Shank Airport
Airport type Military
Owner  Afghanistan
Location Baraki Barak, Logar Province, Afghanistan
Elevation AMSL 6,614 ft / 2,016 m
Coordinates 33°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)
OAA is located in Afghanistan
Location of airport in Afghanistan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16L/34R 2,094 6,870 Concrete
16R/34L 610 2,002 Concrete
Source: AIP Afghanistan[1]

FOB Shank (IATA: OAAICAO: 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. 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 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 858 Engineer Company, 223rd Engineer Battalion and was expected to be turned over to the ANA before the early of 2014.[2]

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.[3]

Deployed units[edit]


Ground forces

  • Company A, 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division during July 2009.[4]
  • 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.


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

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