Forward Operating Base Sharana

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FOB Sharana
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Sharana, Paktika Province in Afghanistan
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FOB Sharana is located in Afghanistan
FOB Sharana
FOB Sharana
Shown within Afghanistan
Coordinates 33°07′44″N 68°50′21″E / 33.12889°N 68.83917°E / 33.12889; 68.83917Coordinates: 33°07′44″N 68°50′21″E / 33.12889°N 68.83917°E / 33.12889; 68.83917
Type Forward operating base
Site information
Owner International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
Operator United States Armed Forces
Site history
Built 2005 (2005)
In use 2005-2013 (2013)
Airfield information
Identifiers IATA: OAS, ICAO: OASA
Elevation 2,237 metres (7,339 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
14/32 1300m Asphalt
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Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana was a large forward operating base with many amenities, including a United Service Organizations installation.[2] It is located in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.[3]

FOB Sharana was initially established as Camp Kearney on 21 November 2004. This was followed by the construction of an airstrip and helicopter landing zone. It was completed in 2005 and the name officially changed to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana. The perimeter of the FOB grew steadily through 2007. It was a hub to many construction projects and vocational training that went on in Paktika Province.

Opening on 1 March 2011, The SPC Jordan Byrd Trauma Center provided combat medical services for the region. The center was named in honor of Specialist Jordan Byrd, a Task Force Red Currahee medic from Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, who had died in YahYa Khel District the previous October while saving another soldier.[4]

The FOB was dismantled and returned to the Afghan Government on 1 October 2013.[5] The site is now used as Sharana public airfield with scheduled flights to Kabul.

Units[edit]

  • ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Team 4 (PRT SHARANA) (United States Army/Navy Joint Task Force CJTF82/TF Pacemaker) March 2007 to April 2008
  • 166th Engineer CO, February 2009 to March 2010
  • 1092nd Engineer Battalion, 372nd Engineer Brigade (United States Army), May 2010 to May 2011
  • 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, May 2011 to May 2012
  • 842nd Engineer Company, Nov 2011 to September 2012
  • 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (United States Army) May 2012 to February 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sharana (OASA)". Civil Aviation Authority. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Morales, Nicolas (21 December 2012). "USO Christmas Party on FOB Sharana". emilitary.org. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Gene (22 December 2012). "Afghan troops train to be specialized fighting force". DVIDS. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Sinders, Christina (2 March 2011). "Trauma center named after fallen Currahee medic opens". Task Force Currahee Public Affairs. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "ISAF forward operating bases handed back to Afghan government". AirForces Monthly. Stamford: Key Publishing. December 2013.