Afghan, French headquarters deployed side by side

ANA BG Emam Nazar, 3rd Infantry Brigade commander, 201st Corps, and French BG Jean-Francois Hogard, TF Lafayette commander, talk about the success of Bison Playoff II Nov. 21-24. (click for more)

ADT visits Paktya women’s center, university, farm

U.S. Army Spc. Mandy Kennedy from Ellsworth, Wis., 2-45th ADT education specialist, hands out items to Afghan girls during a stop at a farm in Gardez Dec. 4. (click for more)

PRT attends shura, helps Afghans in Tandan Village

U.S. Army Pfc. Cheryl Baldridge from Prague, Okla., 2-45 Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team, examines an Afghan child's donkey at Tandan village Dec. 4. (click for more)

Iowa ADT assesses local farms

An Afghan girl looks up from cutting parsley from a small plot during a foot patrol near FOB Wright by the Iowa National Guard’s 734th ADT Nov. 30. (click for more)

Army medics help boy back on his feet

Pfc. Deana Hilburn talks with Abas at the Aid Station on FOB Fenty. Hilburn and the other medics assigned to the 426th BSB have been treating Abas for severe burns (click for more)

Turning pain into progress: Kunar women’s rights movement gains momentum, support

Some 80 Afghan women gather for the Women’s Justice Shura at the Kunar Ministry of Culture and Information Nov. 30. (click for more)

ADT, PRT, coalition partners meet with leaders in Jaghori District

U.S. Army Sgt. Katherine Williams, Ghazni Texas ADT-IV’s FET, shares a smile with girls living at a local orphanage in the Jaghori District Center while delivering winter supplies. (click for more)

Legal library opens in Salang District Center

U.S. Army Capt. Adam Bushey and U.S. Army Sgt. Erin Pickett, both with TF Wolverine, stock the selves of the newly dedicated law library in the Salang District Center here (click for more)

Kentucky ADT provides training in animal medicine to Afghan students

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sherry Graham, a 62nd Medical Brigade veterinarian, assisted by Dr. Mohammad Nahim Sharif, a veterinary professor and students from Alberoni University, dissect a sheep Nov. 26. (click for more)

Kentucky ADT attends as 25 women graduate from poultry class

U.S. Army Maj. Bobbie Mayes, Women’s Empowerment coordinator with the Kentucky ADT, greets a teacher from the Agency for Building a New Afghanistan during a visit to the Kapisa Directors (click for more)

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasans continue thwart insurgent activities as three platoons took part in an air assault operation into Shamshay Village, Andar District, here Oct. 29.  

Shamshay Village is a frequently used staging area for insurgent attacks against coalition forces as well as Afghan National Security Forces. Intelligence reports targeted several houses as commonly used bed-down locations for insurgent leaders.

Soldiers from 1st Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, were the first into the village and rapidly cleared the north side of Shamshay and established blocking positions to prevent the insurgent leaders from fleeing.  2nd Platoon, B Company, and 3rd Platoon, C Company, were immediately behind 1st Platoon. Along with the Afghan National Army, they completed the isolation of the village and began systematic searching of the suspected insurgent locations.

The overwhelming numbers of American and Afghan forces in the village prevented the insurgents from coordinating a counter attack, the historical tactic of the enemy in eastern Ghazni. Instead, they relied on sporadic fire from the surrounding area.

The Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, B Company, attempted to maneuver on the enemy. However, their progress was hindered by terrain and a rapidly approaching storm system. Visibility was reduced to 100 meters due to the combination of sand and rain at the same time.

“It’s unfortunate that the storm moved in as quickly as it did,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Ward from Herndon, Va., platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, B Company. “Storms like this one are rare, and we don’t expect to be so hindered on the next operation.”



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