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)

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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

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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)

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KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi, governor of Khowst Province, takes a few moments to speak with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, following a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15 at Forward Operating Base Salerno. The meeting was held to synchronize efforts of coalition and Afghan National Security Forces during the upcoming Afghan government elections scheduled for Sept. 18. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – As part of the election planning process, about 50 members of the various Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces met at Forward Operating Base Salerno for a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal Sept. 15 to go over final details and answer questions about the security of Afghanistan's Sept. 18 parliamentary elections.

“The purpose of the meeting was to synchronize our efforts throughout the Khowst Province to ensure a successful election,” said U.S. Army Maj. Mark Leslie, native of Chattanooga, Tenn., and operations officer for 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “We not only want to ensure its success in the turnout of voters and the safe transportation of ballots, but also that it is a legitimate election and that it’s perceived as a legitimate election to the local population. We also want the Afghan people to feel free to vote and to be able to exercise that freedom.”

 

Among those attending the meeting was the governor of Khowst Province, Abdul Jabar Naeemi; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division; U.S. Army Col. Viet Luong, commanding officer of 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division; members of the U.S. Department of State, Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police; and Soldiers of the Afghan National Army.

Before the meeting, Luong addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their attendance and participation.

“This is a historical and monumental occasion for us,” said Luong of Fort Campbell, Ky. “I’m confident in the leadership we have, and through our efforts, the Afghan people will be able to exercise their right to vote. This is going to be a great operation and I know we are going to be successful.”

One-by-one, coalition force members and their Afghan counterparts took turns pointing out their areas of responsibility on a huge map and discussing their plans of action.

The map, known as a terrain model, contained various points of interest such as access roads, district centers and ballot collection sites. It also showed the more than 70 polling centers spread throughout the district.

Speakers discussed a variety of topics including security concerns, voting ballot distribution and collection procedures, communications, projected enemy threats and post-election actions.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Campbell addressed the crowd.

“We expect a large turnout for this year’s election, and I have full confidence in our election plan and in our cooperation,” said Campbell. “Our security forces can handle any situation that arises, and together we can ensure a successful election for the people of Afghanistan.”

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Ullian (left), a native of Clarksville, Tenn., and commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment; Naeemi, governor of Khowst Province; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division; and U.S. Army Col. Viet Luong, commanding officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Ky., listen in at a recent Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15 at Forward Operating Base Salerno. The meeting was held to synchronize efforts of coalition and Afghan National Security Forces during the upcoming Afghan government elections scheduled for Sept. 18. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Joe Malone, native of Fairfield, Ohio, and company commander, Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, points out his areas of responsibility during an Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15 at Forward Operating Base Salerno. The meeting was held to synchronize efforts of coalition and Afghan National Security Forces during the upcoming Afghan government elections scheduled for Sept. 18. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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