Soldiers look for perfect holiday gift at Bagram bazaar

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)

AUP, TF Lethal capture munitions cache in Jaji

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 PRT visits Ghayn Valley

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)

Veterinary Services keep donkeys in the fight

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 PRT attends Manogai District elections

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)

Next step to Ghazni 2013 project

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)

Iowa ADT supports Kunar veterinary conference

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USO Holiday Tour comes to Bagram

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Ambassador Eikenberry dedicates playground at Ghazni orphanage

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)

Bravo strengthens relationship with Afghan people

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Shane Taylor, a Slater, Iowa, native and Bravo Troop Soldier, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Red Horse, plays with Afghan children (click for more)

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Representatives from throughout Afghanistan gathered at Bagram Airfield Dec. 21 to discuss issues related to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

Leaders from United States Forces-Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Forces, ISAF Joint Command, U.S. Embassy Kabul and Islamabad/Peshawar, United States Agency for International Development and others from Regional Command-East attended the event.

One goal of the meeting was to ensure unity in effort by synchronizing civilian and military actions to facilitate Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan security, economic and infrastructure development along the border.

Information presented during the conference was designed to give attendees a better understanding of and provide a forum for feedback on the Comprehensive Border Plan. All parties presented overviews of their respective efforts to improve security, economic and infrastructure development along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

“We used this opportunity to understand and educate one another regarding our organizations’ position and perspective on the issues,” said U.S. Army Col. David Woods, Combined Joint Task Force-101 operations officer. “We talked about constraints, capacity and capabilities that reside in our organizations and those we support on both sides of the border.”

Border strategic operations, stimulation of employment and livelihood, citizen trust, and countering radicalization were some of the topics discussed at the conference.

“I believe the best takeaway today was the various perspectives that were brought to the table from the entire team,” said Woods, who is from Denbo, Penn.

The next conference is scheduled for late March.
“I think everyone walked away with a more situational awareness and greater understanding of issues,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark T. Purdy, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, chief of operations.

“We should continue to do these regularly,” said Purdy of Fredericktown, Ohio. “Today was a good starting point and we will continue to build.”

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