Kandahar International Airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan happens to be one of the largest airports in Afghanistan but is also one of the largest military bases in the world with the capability of holding up to 250 aircrafts of various types.

The airport is only 10 miles from Kandahar City to the south east. In the past the airport was solely operated by the United States of America until 2006 at which time NATO took control, however, control was given back to the United States in 2014. At the end of 2014, the base has taken on a new role for what is known as Train Advise Assist Command – South (TAAC-S) and the US 451 Air Expeditionary Group. Both of these will be governed by NATO to train, advice, and assist Afghan National Security Forces along and the airport with the United States leading the framework.

Cost of Living: The closest city to the base due to war in recent years has not listed a cost of living, so we will use Afghanistan as a whole. The cost of living in Afghanistan is 46.62% lower than in United States.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: The best way to contact is via NATO Allied Command Operations. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) near Mons, Belgium is the Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (ACO).

Public Affairs Duty Officer

+32 (0) 65-44-3872

Outside Office Hours Cell Phone: +32 (0) 475-773-105

Base Population: The base at its peak was home to 26,000 military personnel from 60 nations and had 5,000 flights per week. At this time, since it is mainly a training operation, the population changes regularly. Kandahar Airfield had a population of around 26,000 personnel in 2012.

City/Area Population: The closest city to the base is Kandahar city with a population of 491,500 as of 2012.

Child Development Centers: Today, due to the 1978 coup, very few schools are in service at this time. In Kandahar City you will find Ahmad Shah Baba High School and Zarghona Ana High School. New schools are being built and opened in the areas as many Afghans are returning to their home country. The city also has a higher education facility known as Kandahar University.

Family Readiness Center: No families are allowed to be armed forces while at this base, so there is no family readiness center.

Employment: The best way to contact to learn of employment options is via NATO Allied Command Operations. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) near Mons, Belgium is the Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (ACO).

Public Affairs Duty Officer

+32 (0) 65-44-3872

Outside Office Hours Cell Phone: +32 (0) 475-773-105

Base Services: Besides Base Operations Support and Training on site, there are no services on the base.

History

Kandahar International Airport has a long history with several different groups in charge of the operation. The United States built the airfield from 1954 until 1962. At that time it was mainly used for refueling aircraft that traveled between the Middle East and Southeast Asia. When new aircraft was created that did not need to refuel the base was hardly used. After this, came the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the base was used by the Soviet Air Forces for flying in troops and supplies and launching air strikes. The Taliban then controlled the base which at that time was used mainly for humanitarian purposes as well as some military. The base hosted regular flights for the International committee of the Red Cross along with flights for the United Nations. NATO intervened during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. The base was secured by the Light Armored Reconnaissance of the United States Marines. Today, the role of the base is what is called Train Advise Assist Command – South (TAAC-S) and the US 451 Air Expeditionary Group. Both of these will be governed by NATO to train, advice, and assist Afghan National Security Forces along and the airport with the United States leading the framework.

Units

Along with units deployed for training other units on the base include United States Army Corps of Engineers, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), especially the Afghan Air Force (AAF).

Housing

Since the country is still in turmoil and dangerous, all personnel live on base in barrack style accommodations.

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