PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A shopkeeper stands by his store in the Bagram Airfield bazaar Dec. 11. The bazaar brings in more than $30,000 into the local economy on a (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A member of the AUP performs a search during an AUP-led operation with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment in Jaji District Dec. 16. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local children watch members of Kapisa PRT pass as they leave the Abdul Salam High School in Ghayn Valley Dec. 15. (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Sher Badir, Manogai District subgovernor, speaks during the election ceremony for the Manogai District Community Council Dec. 9. (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Key elders listen intently while the U.S. and Polish ambassadors, Musa Khan, Ghazni provincial governor, and Amina Safi Afzaly, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, speak (click for more)
U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, veternarian from New Liberty, Iowa, supervises as an Afghan veterinarian puts final sutures into a neutered dog at a continuing education conference organized by the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Actor and comedian Robin Williams talks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, shakes a little girl's hand during the playground dedication at Ghazni City Orphanage in Ghazni Dec. 15. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan villagers and coalition forces repelled Taliban forces Oct. 8 in Afghanya Valley during an attack that lasted nearly three hours.
The villagers are part of a newly implemented road maintenance team, a local security program funded by the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, intended to enable Afghan villagers to provide their own security, maintain roads in their areas, and make infrastructure development possible.
Taliban forces attacked again Oct. 11, and the RMT successfully defended their villages, families, and homes, this time without the support of coalition forces. In addition to actively pushing the insurgents out of the valley, the RMT has recovered mortar tubes and a weapons cache.
"I think the most important thing to remember is we are providing them a sense of ownership and their own destiny," said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Frank Lugo, Kapisa PRT Civil Military Operations noncommissioned officer in charge, RMT project lead, and native of North Haledon, N.J.
RMT’s provide direct support to Afghan National Security Forces by protecting supply routes and preventing insurgents from killing, threatening or intimidating people in areas that are cooperating with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
One RMT member explained the reason he is so dedicated to his RMT is the Taliban killed his brother due to the relationship his village had with GIRoA. He and his neighbors decided to put a stop to Taliban activity and bring security to their village.
Coalition forces cannot provide security for the entire area, and the local population doesn’t have the resources to protect themselves. The PRT provides the RMT’s with training, on-going mentorship and a monthly salary. As security increases, the PRT will be able work with GIRoA to bring in infrastructure development to the valley, so this solution is ideal for all involved.
“The road maintenance initiative is an excellent opportunity for the people of Kapisa to help secure their own communities in an official capacity. With the support of the Ministry of Interior, these men will set the groundwork for further Afghan government and coalition forces’ development efforts,” said U.S. Army Maj. Mike Brockway, Kapisa PRT deputy commander and a native of Monroe, N.Y.
“It is a simple paradigm: with security comes progress. The RMTs provide security at the grass-roots level employing people who have a vested interest in a positive outcome,” said Brockway. “I am proud to have the opportunity to work with these brave men, and I see this as the way forward in regards to security and stability.”
After their tenure with the RMT, the members will have the opportunity to accept a position with the Afghan National Police or the Afghan Local Police through the Afghan Ministry of Interior. This is optimal as they will already be positioned to continue providing security in their own communities.
Kapisa PRT assists GIRoA in providing a secure, stable environment for reconstruction efforts by increasing government officials’ capabilities and capacities. Road maintenance teams are one of the ways the PRT is connecting the government to the people to improve quality of life in the province.
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