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Military Building Mock Afghan Village in Belle Fourche

FILE: Afghanistan, Afghan VIllage
GHARMBOLOQ, AFGHANISTAN – JUNE 12: Villagers leave a local mosque made into a makeshift mobile health clinic after getting medical treatment June 12, 2011, in the village of Gharmboloq, in Shahidan district, Afghanistan. Mobile health units (MHU) employed by the Agency for Assistance and Development of Afghanistan (AADA) supported by the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) cover communities that are inaccessible, underserved and underprivileged. There are six mobile health teams working in Bamiyan, Yakawlang, Waras, Panjab and Kahmard districts. Each mobile health unit consists of a doctor, a mid-wife, and a vaccinator. Their mandate is to reach approximately 100,000 individuals in 400 villages providing free medical health care. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) – Army National Guard soldiers are building a mock Afghanistan village in western South Dakota that will be a target for Air Force bomber practice missions.

The Rapid City Journal reports that members of the 842nd Engineer Company are helping build the village on federal land north of Belle Fourche. The 842nd returned home last fall after a year of duty in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Rob Carr, of Lead, says the goal of the project is to give Air Force flight crews training in identifying an Afghan village. He says the area in the future might be used as an urban warfare training site.

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