Paktya PRT, Afghan leaders discuss hybrid power

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan leaders discuss a hybrid power grid during a shura in Sayed Karam Nov. 22. The $2.2 million power grid is the first of its kind (click for more)

ANP, US Forces improve security in Baraki Barak

Sgt. 1st Class Richard B. Rodriguez II (left), platoon sergeant with the 401st MP Co., and ANP Maj. Agah Mohammad, the criminal investigator of Baraki Barak District, discuss future operations (click for more)

Dual blasts rock Mehtar Lam

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Deputy Provincial Gov. Murtaza Qalandarzai speaks with local leaders of the ANP, ANA and ISAF about security and the protection of the people of Laghman Province (click for more)

ANP, Nuristan PRT meet with girls school staff

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of the ANP deliver supplies to girls school staff members at Nangaresh Nov. 20. (click for more)

Women’s health center opens in Paktika

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Paktika Gov. Moheebullah Samim cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the new women’s health center in Waza Khwa District Nov. 20. (click for more)

Nangarhar PRT talk with locals about their needs

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghanistan street vendor cooks funnel cakes for members of Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team during a visit to the Kama District Center Nov. 15. (click for more)

Embassy team visits key archaeological sites

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Children of Rawza village along with members of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction team explore the 16th century Abdul Razzaq’s mausoleum adjacent to old Ghazni City Nov. (click for more)

Ghazni PRT attends Eid al-Adha celebration

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jon Doolittle, Ghazni PRT commander of St. Petersburg, Fla., practices his speech in Pashtun with local Afghanistan Military Police during the Eid al-Adha (click for more)

TF White Eagle gift commemorates Muslim festivity

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Polish Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, TF White Eagle commander, presents a bull to the governor of Ghazni Province, Gov. Musa Khan, to commemorate the Islamic holiday (click for more)

Commando works to secure Lowkar Village

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve David of Bronx, N.Y., corpsman for the Nuristan PRT, examines an injured Afghan man’s foot during operations in Lowkar (click for more)

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KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Harley Herron of West View, Ky., food service specialist for Headquarters Support Company, 101st Airborne Division, pours sauce over sweet potatoes Nov. 24 while preparing a Thanksgiving celebration for U.S. personnel. Personnel kept their spirits up even though many of them are more than 6,000 miles away from home. Members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team make up a large portion of the U.S. personnel at Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team / released)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The spirit of Thanksgiving was strong at Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier Nov. 24 as members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team celebrated more than 6,000 miles away from home, friends and family.

In celebration of the holiday, all U.S. service members and civilians here at FOB Morales-Frazier gathered for a Thanksgiving feast complete with most traditional fixings, seasonal piano music and candlelit tables.

“It was nice just being able to have everyone together... to relax, talk and enjoy the good food,” said U.S. Army Spc. Charllee Sanchez, Kapisa PRT security force member and a native of Springfield, Mass.

With more than 100 U.S. service members and civilians in attendance, coordinating this holiday meal proved to be a little tricky since supplies can be hard to come by in this type of deployed environment.  

“I wanted this holiday to be as similar to home as possible, so we held the dinner in a room large enough for the whole group to sit and eat together, as one family,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lorena Vega, Kapisa PRT logistics officer and Florida, Puerto Rico, native.

“I come from a large family, so I’m used to helping prepare large get-togethers like this for the holidays; but I must admit this was a new record for me,” Vega said. “This event took weeks of pre-planning.”

Coordinating a location large enough for the entire group, gathering enough tables and chairs to seat everyone simultaneously, and finding small things like candles and tablecloths proved to be much more difficult here in Afghanistan, she explained.

“In the end, everything came together beautifully, though,” she continued. “It was truly a group effort. There were many logistical hurdles along the way, but everyone here made an effort to lend a helping hand and I really appreciate them all.”
During the gathering, many service members expressed gratitude for the opportunity to share such a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with their comrades.

“It’s never the same when you’re away from your family, but having a lot of friends here makes it better,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gilberto Rodriguez, Kapisa PRT communications specialist and LaBelle, Fla., native.

When asked what he liked best about the holiday celebration, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chad Harrison, Kapisa PRT security force member from Waltham, Mass., mentioned the laughter and camaraderie shared amongst the crowd.  

“Being here with my comrades was great,” Harrison said. “We have made a lot of memories together and this will definitely be another that we share.”

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gilberto Rodriguez of LaBelle, Fla., communications specialist for Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team from eats his Thanksgiving dinner during a celebration for U.S. personnel here Nov. 24. Personnel keep their spirits up even though many of them are more than 6,000 miles away from home. Members of Kapisa PRT make up a large portion of the U.S. personnel at Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team / released)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – French Army Brig. Gen. Jean-Francois Hogard, Task Force Lafayette commanding general, gets turkey during a Thanksgiving celebration for U.S. personnel at Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier Nov. 24. Personnel keep their spirits up even though many of them are more than 6,000 miles away from home. Members of Kapisa PRT make up a large portion of the U.S. personnel at FOB Morales-Frazier. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team / released)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashley Skillman, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team public affairs officer from Wichita, Kan., records U.S. citizen Eric Jacob, U.S. Agency for International Development representative from Roseburg, Org., as he wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to his friends and family back home before going to a Thanksgiving celebration for U.S. personnel Nov. 24 at Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier. Personnel keep their spirits up even though many of them are more than 6,000 miles away from home. Members of Kapisa PRT make up a large portion of the U.S. personnel at FOB Morales-Frazier. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team / released)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Whipped cream is spooned onto apple pie in preparation for a Thanksgiving celebration for U.S. personnel Nov. 24. Members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team make up a large portion of the U.S. personnel at Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team / released)

 

    

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – One of Task Force Iron Rakkasan’s missions is to find and destroy insurgent improvised explosive device materials before the enemy is able to use them to damage vehicles or injure coalition or Afghan forces or civilians. TF Iron Rakkasan Soldiers found two caches during the last month, keeping IEDs out of the hands of enemies.

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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Egyptian Hospital located on Bagram Airfield is closed as of Nov. 25 and is scheduled to reopen Dec. 15. The closure allows for the normal rotation of the hospital’s medical staff. The hospital could be closed longer if the incoming staff is delayed.

 
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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, conducted an air assault into the eastern Pech River Valley to clear the area of insurgent fighters in the Watapur District of Kunar Province today.

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Afghan, coalition forces conclude operations in eastern Pech Valley
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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces concluded clearing operations Nov. 17 in the eastern Pech River Valley, Kunar Province.

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