How one man makes a difference in Afghanistan

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)

Guardians of Peace produces results in Paktya

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)

Working together to put Afghan heroes back together again

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)

Bidder’s conference places Afghans in control

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)

Panjshir women strengthen communication skills

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)

Ghazni PRT assesses village, builds relationships

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)

Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)

Co. A makes successful return to Shebatkyl

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)

Delegation conducts market outreach mission in Zormat

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)

Kunar PRT medics help healing at Asadabad Hospital

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Representatives from several Afghan security force organizations, as well as U.S. and coalition forces met at Forward Operating Base Gardez Sept. 12 to plan and prepare for the upcoming Afghan Governmental elections. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Mark Steskal, Task Force Avalanche)

 

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Representatives from the Afghan government and their U.S. partners gathered at Forward Operating Base Gardez Sept. 10 to conduct a combined arms rehearsal in preparation for Afghanistan's upcoming elections.

Planning for the Afghan parliamentary elections began in earnest about six months ago and the combined arms rehearsal marked some of the final preparations for securing the safety of voters and ballots.

Hosted by members of Task Force Avalanche, the rehearsal allowed members of the Afghan National Security Forces, the U.S. Department of State and Afghanistan's International Elections Commission to share their input regarding plans and contingencies.

"It was a significant joint exercise between Afghan National Security Forces, coalition forces and civilian agencies reflecting extensive planning over the past several months,” said U.S. Department of State representative Michael O'Bryon.

“The rehearsal identified strengths as well as areas upon which to focus final pre-election efforts. The overall goal is an Afghan-led security effort in support of a transparent election with results that are acceptable to the Afghan people," O’Bryon said.

The lengthy and detailed rehearsal was held in a massive maintenance bay where large scale maps and terrain models helped participants visualize the operations.

Speaking through translators, ANSF representatives explained their locations, missions and contingency plans.  

Although the work will not be complete until the last ballot has been counted, said TF Avalanche Civil Military Affairs Officer U.S. Army Capt. Mark Witte of Bremerton, Wash., the intensive investment in the planning ensures that the process does as much as possible to protect the citizenry while they exercise their right to choose their elected officials.

 

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Michael O’Bryon, a U.S. Department of State representative, speaks to coalition forces, as well as Afghan National Security Forces members at an election planning and coordination meeting at Forward Operating Base Gardez Sept. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Mark Steskal, Task Force Avalanche)

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Col. Viet Luong, commanding officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., speaks to U.S. and coalition forces, as well as Afghan National Security Forces members at an election planning and coordination meeting at Forward Operating Base Gardez Sept. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Mark Steskal, Task Force Avalanche)

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