Located in southern Afghanistan (South East of Qandahar City) , Kandahar Air Field (KAF) is part of Regional Command South (RC South). With a population of over 20,000 NATO troops and contractors, Kandahar is one of the largest Military installations in Afghanistan. KAF is the main base in southern Afghanistan, from which all southern operations are commanded.
Accomodations range from tents and”B-huts” to the new brick-and-reinforced concrete barracks which are modern with blast protection (it is a combat zone). At KAF, there is lots of traffic and hot, dusty conditions.
KAF has a centrally located boardwalk where there are stores, places to eat, and team games like hockey taking place. The boardwalk is covered by a wooden awning for shade. Shops and eaterys on the boardwalk include Tim Horton’s Coffee, Green Bean Coffee, The Igloo, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway and a French Café and the new Kabob House*.
*Most of these amenities were supposed to be shut down this year.
There is also a decent gym where Soldiers can exercise. KAF gets a lot of rocket and mortar fire so there are many shelters just in case. As with most bases, KAF has a Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command building (MWR) – or tent – where Soldiers can use the computer and phone lab.
Kandahar is inhabited by multinational troops from a host of countries.
Kandahar Air Field handles the flow of personnel, equipment and supplies destined for operations in southern Afghanistan. It is the home of the aircraft that provide close air support to troops in contact with the enemy, and the helicopters that airlift injured personnel.
KAF is a unique and interesting place that is critical to the conduct of operations in southern Afghanistan.
Robert Olson says
Katherine had a friend that served in special forced in the Kandahar region back when Iraq seemed the main thrust of action, things are very different now. I hope that they build some roads, hope the people will be able to better their lives and that Matt obtains life experiences that he can cherish.
A blessing of the Holy Spirit to you Matt.
Linda Nelsen says
Hi, thanks for the info. My son is a SeaBee and just got deploye to Kandahar. He may be building huts for you kid. Prayers for them all. Moms need to hang together. Linda
Linda Ranow says
My Grandson is flying to Kandahar today, so I don’t know his APO address. What should I put in a care package to him. I think about the troops in battle all the time. May God Bless his safe return.
Hello Linda! Here are some ideas for care package items. These are things I send to my son. http://armymomstrong.com/whats-in-your-soldiers-care-package/
God Bless and let us all keep praying for all our troops in harm’s way.
My Daughter is in the Air Force and is headed to Kandahar as I write this. I spoke to her for the last time a few hrs ago and it was hard nit to let the tears thru. but I had to stay strong for her! God Bless all our military!
methju rakipi says
thanks to friends of base which i was until 2010. Special thanks to Mr. Dilshan and NAMSA staff.
All the Best…
LTC C says
Just got back from a year at KAF. The boardwalk is the one place to go where you can forget for a while. Didn’t have time to go much, but enjoyed the times that I did
I am currently assigned to KAF as a US Army Contractor supporting our fighting men and women. The environmental conditions are a little harsh, hot, dusty and dry; but all in all, it is not too bad. There are restaurants, and some shopping opportunties as well as a baazar on Saturdays. The days are long, the temperature is hot, but everyone has a job to do, and our wonderful men and women in uniform are the greatest!!
Thank you for this webite and all you do, my son will be heading there soon. I appreciate all your efforts and will be in contact. Please Lord watch over all of our children/family/soldiers and protect them from harms way, please keep them safe and return them home unscathed, with sanity on point 100%. I am your humble and submissive servant, help me stay on the path youve chosen me to walk upon. AMEN
LINDA you should send some gold bond foot powder cuz feet get wet from sweatiing. also a good high quality chapstick for the lips. it’s very dry over there.
my son went over to KAF today…………….really sad………..searching the internet to get as much info as possible about EVERYTHING over there……any help for websites to visit would be VERY HELPFUL. thank you
I am going to KAF as DOD Civilian in Nov. I am looking forward to it. Any current insight would be greatly appriciative.