Navy photographer trains Afghan colleagues

Published on CPL Carla Armenti (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC). (photo: CPL Carla Armenti)
Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC).
A Royal Australian Navy Imagery Specialist has helped the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) promote the important work of its soldiers.
 
Petty Officer Imagery Specialist (POIS) Andrew Dakin delivered a photography and video course to Afghan personnel posted to the Kabul Garrison Command Public Affairs Unit.
 
The Public Affairs Operations Chief at the Command, Major Turkistani Qand Agha, said imagery was a powerful way to highlight to the Afghan people how the ANDSF worked to protect them.
 
“By improving our photography and videography skills we are able to communicate with the people of Afghanistan and gain their support for the important work we do,” Major Qand Agha said.
 
“A teacher is like a parent in our eyes; they teach the skills you need in life and we are grateful for the new skills we have learned through this connection.”
 

Afghan members of the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC) public affairs unit watch a video editing session with Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin.

Afghan members of the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC) public affairs unit watch a video editing session with Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin.

 
A small team of Australian Defence Force servicemen and women train, advise and assist Afghan officials at the Command on the security of Kabul’s five million residents.
 
The team invited POIS Dakin to deliver a course to improve the skills of the Command Public Affairs Unit.
 
“I have been fortunate to teach photography to Defence members in the past but this was the first time I have used an interpreter,” he said.
 
“The students were receptive which made for an enjoyable few days.”
 
The two-day course focused on editing short video clips for use on social media accounts.
 
There are plans to conduct more public affairs workshops in the future.