Noor Gal women receive vet training

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams of New Liberty, Iowa, veterinary officer for the 734th ADT, teaches Kunar Women's Shura member Sohila how to tie (click for more)

TF White Eagle doctors fight for Afghan woman’s health

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – TF White Eagle doctors wash an Afghan woman`s burned leg to prepare her for further treatment. (click for more)

A joint venture: 64th MPs, Alingar AUP work, patrol together

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Two Afghan girls peek out of a schoolhouse window in the town of Kachur Jan. 15. (click for more)

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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A town barber trims the beard of a village elder in the town of Kotalay Jan. 10. (click for more)

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Heather Eberle of Altoona, Iowa, combat medic with the 734th ADT, makes friends with Afghan children inside their home compound in (click for more)

Redhorse focuses on Bagram Security Zone

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William R. Haley (left), fills out paperwork while U.S. Army Spc. Joshua A. Knaack looks on. Both are Sioux City, (click for more)

ANSF, TF Storm provide security in Kharwar

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar (click for more)

ANA, TF Lethal stop suspected IED emplaces in Zormat

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Members of the 1st Coy, 1st Kandak ANA prepare to disrupt and prevent insurgents from planting an IED on a road near Tatanak Village in Zormat (click for more)

Paktika road boosts economy

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammed Anwar, the cousin of a shop owner in Mata Khan District, sews a scarf here Jan. 10. (click for more)

Laghman PRT visits shops in Mehtar Lam

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Kuehlthau, Laghman PRT civil engineering team, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alexandra Davis, Laghman PRT medical specialist, (click for more)

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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter, the acting director of the Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, commander, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Red Bulls, cut the ribbon across the entrance of the Grady Dining Facility during the grand opening ceremony on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Arrington, 176th Engineer Brigade)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The grand opening ceremony for the Grady Dining Facility was held at Bagram Airfield’s Camp Warrior Jan. 22.

The facility is named after U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady of Bristow, Okla., an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year.

“Spc. Ryan Grady represents to us what the modern National Guard is,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter the acting director of the Army National Guard. “He joined the guard because he wanted to serve his country.”

Carpenter joined U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, commander and master of ceremonies for the event in cutting the ribbon across the entrance to the facility and spoke at the ceremony.

“I believe that he (would) truly appreciate that a facility like this one is available for his fellow Soldiers in a place where so very few creature comforts are available,” Carpenter said. “I can only hope that you and the many servicemembers who cross the threshold into this building for years to come can enjoy a reprieve from the seemingly endless mission that we have here in Afghanistan. Today, remember those who came before you and those like Ryan, who paid the ultimate price for what we all hold dear.”  
    
The dining facility was under construction during Grady’s tour in Afghanistan and received the official name a few months back. The theme of the dining facility is Americana and includes signs reminiscent of the U.S. including “Warrior Bucks” over the coffee station and “Warrior Way” over the sandwich bar.

The ceremony included a meal of steak and lobster for those in attendance and those having lunch after the ceremony. It closed with a dedication to all those who have paid the ultimate price.

“If everyone would stand, I would like to propose a toast,” Perkins said. “This is to not only Grady but all the servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To our fallen comrades.”

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Servicemembers share the first meal in the Grady Dining Facility on Bagram Airfield during the grand opening ceremony Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, command sergeant major, reads the description of the fallen Soldier’s table during the grand opening of the Grady Dining Facility on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. The facility is named after U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady of Bristow, Okla. and an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Bryant of Polk City, Iowa, and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, commander’s security officer, helps himself to a piece of cake during the grand opening ceremony for the Grady dining facility on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Williams of Kinston, N.C., and Combined Joint Task Force – 101 operations sergeant major, signs a guest book at the grand opening ceremony of the Grady Dining Facility on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. The book will be sent to the family of U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady, for whom the building is named, a Bristow, Okla., native and an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

 

    

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