50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)

Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)

TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)

Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)

10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)

ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)

Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)

ANA, TF Storm break trail, make difference in Kharwar

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)

Ky. ADT II begins Panjshir sheep parasite project

Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)

Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

An Afghan carrying a child approaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller of Atkins, Iowa, a medic with Task Force Red Bulls, for humanitarian aid at Qale-Mussa Pain Middle School (click for more)

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Robert Mullen, Task Force White Eagle Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV project manager, from San Antonio, Texas, speaks with Sayed Karim, RASA Construction company project manager, during a ground breaking ceremony held at the Ghazni governor’s compound April 27. The ceremony commemorated the start of a Texas ADT facilitated project to improve the security, irrigation and landscape at the compound. (Photo by Artur Weber, Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force White Eagle Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV attended a ground breaking ceremony hosted by Ghazni Deputy sub-Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi at the Ghazni Governor’s compound April 27.

This ceremony launched a new project designed by Engineer Abdull Karim of the Ghazni Governor’s office and facilitated by the Texas ADT to improve security and environmental needs at several locations in Ghazni City.

“One aspect of this project will raise the height of the perimeter wall around the Ghanzi governor’s compound which will greatly improve security,” said U.S. Army Maj. John L. Davis, Texas ADT agriculture expert team leader.

In addition to the wall, engineers will construct a guard post security personnel can use to search visitors to the compound. This will provide a safe and secure facility for female police officers to screen female visitors in a culturally respectful manner, said Davis. Similar guard posts will be built at the Jahan Malika Girls High School and the Provincial Council compound.

Additionally, engineers will repair the governor’s compound’s irrigation system and improve its landscaping.

“The whole project will last from 60 to 90 days, so Afghan locals should see the results very quickly,” said Davis.

To make the contractor selection process as transparent as possible, the contractor selection committee included representatives from the Provincial Council, governor's office, the Department of Agriculture and the Ghazni mayor’s office.

According to the TF White Eagle, including representatives from these departments ensures oversight and ownership from the governmental representatives, which will make great strides in the sustainability of the project after its completion.
On the same day, Texas ADT representatives travelled to Arbaba Village, Ghazni District, to conduct a final site assessment of the newly constructed Arbaba Environmental Park.

In 2005, President Karzai transferred the 20 jeribs of land (approximately 10 acres) to the Ghazni Environmental Protection Agency for use as an environmental park and to be a showcase site for the 2013 Islamic Conference in Ghazni City.

Arbaba Park will serve as a conservation park where people can learn about preserving the natural resources of Afghanistan. The park will feature a tree farm, which will be developed and maintained Nawab, the Ghazni EPA director.

In the past, Afghanistan was covered with dense forests and groves, which today are virtually non-existent. Over the years in Ghazni Province, Afghans used wood for fuel and building material which depleted the resources. Parks like Arbaba will improving the forests and greenery of Ghazni Province
“All Ghazni people can use this park. But they have to care about everything here,” said Nawab.

To increase security in the park, the Polish Ghazni PRT constructed a perimeter wall, a project completed in late 2010.

“The Director of the EPA, Engineer Nawab, has done an excellent job in overseeing this project,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Laura G. Childs, project manager for Ghazni Texas ADT IV of TF White Eagle. “He is passionate about the environment and sees a great need in Afghanistan to teach the local Afghan population how to protect their land. In a country that has faced years of war and turmoil, the environment has not been a primary concern. Arbaba Park will offer Engineer Nawab an excellent location to improve awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.”GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Laura G. Childs, Project Manager with Task Force White Eagle Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV, from Katy, Texas, conducts a final site assessment of Arbaba Environmental Park, Ghazni District, Afghanistan, April 27. Arbaba Park will serve as a conservation park where the local populace can learn about preserving the natural resources of Afghanistan. (Photo by Artur Weber, Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs) GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Engineer Mohammad Nawab, Ghazni Environmental Protection Agency director, and members from his staff show U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Laura G. Childs, Task Force White Eagle Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV Project Manager, from Katy, Texas, key components of the completed Arbaba Environmental Park, Ghazni District, Afghanistan, April 27. (Photo by Artur Weber, Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs)


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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force White Eagle Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV attended a ground breaking ceremony hosted by Ghazni Deputy sub-Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi at the Ghazni Governor’s compound April 27.

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Coalition forces engage insurgents in Kapisa

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

ANSF, ISAF begin major operation in Laghman valley

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.