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)

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team repelled an attack on Combat Outpost Spera Sept. 21 resulting in the death of at least 27 insurgents.

Both remotely piloted aircraft and strategically placed surveillance cameras identified the insurgent forces preparing to open fire with a mixture of small arms and rocket propelled grenades.

Using information gained from these sensors, Soldiers from Task Force War returned fire to suppress the enemy forces.

An Attack Weapons Team from Task Force Viper, 1st Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, arrived on scene, killing the insurgents, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Steve Thomas, platoon leader for 1-33’s 3rd Platoon, A Troop.

The technology employed by the Soldiers at COP Spera was key to repelling the attack, said Thomas, a native of Simsbury, Conn.

“The increased ability to spot enemy insurgent activity via the (cameras) and the [remotely piloted aircraft] was integral to the successful defence of the COP,” he said.

U.S. Army Maj. Steven Bower, intelligence officer for Task Force Rakkasan and a native of Worland, Wyo., echoed Thomas’s appraisal of the surveillance equipment employed by coalition forces.

“Our use of technology to place the enemy under detailed surveillance combined with sources within his network, allows us to fuse that information at critical times,” Bowers said. “The assets available for that engagement allowed us to maintain constant surveillance on the enemy. They were unable to hide.”

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Shelton, a senior scout with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, provides over watch security on the Spera District Center, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, as a provincial key leader engagement is about to take place inside. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Jared Goodwin, a medic with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, directs U.S. Army Pfc. Josh Lanehart, a driver with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT, to pull security toward high ground during dismounted operations in Khowst Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 17:49


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The security and safety of Afghan civilians is an important part of every coalition operation. All weapons caches found during these operations are destroyed to ensure they do not harm civilians or military personnel.

“Mines are indiscriminate killers. They don’t distinguish between Soldiers or civilians, between men, women or children. We must all work together to eliminate the threat posed by these deadly weapons,” said U.S. Army Col. Ben Corell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

If you see any suspicious activity or know of a weapons cache in your area, please report it. Call the Operations Coordination Center Provincial Tip Line at 079-662-0193 or at 079-397-0975.