No Slack Soldier no stranger to Afghanistan

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Using a boulder as cover on a mountaintop in the Shal Valley, U.S. Army Sgt. James T. Schmidt, infantry squad leader from Decatur, Ill., assigned to (click for more)

‘Medic!’ Just another day for combat medic

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In the middle of an eight-hour firefight against insurgents, U.S. Army Spc. Brit B. Jacobs (right), combat medic from Sarasota, Fla., guides U.S. Army Spc. Ronnie (click for more)

Bastogne Overwatch: No Slack for insurgents

U.S. Army Spc. Roy D. Cunningham, mortarman from Detroit, and U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy D. Hunt, mortarman from Las Vegas, both assigned to Task Force No Slack, fire 60mm mortar (click for more)

Soldiers special guests at Khaga school graduation

NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. David Brown, of Woodstock, Conn., company commander of Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, talks with students from the Computer English Education (click for more)

Nuristan PRT conducts Nurgaram KLE

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Hatcher of Frederick, Md., security force squad leader of the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team, and an interpreter walk to an Afghanistan (click for more)

Kapisa PRT honors veterans

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – French Army Brig. Gen Jean-Francois Hogard, commanding general for Task Force La Fayette, reviews French and U.S. forces during a ceremony Nov. 11 on FOB Morales-Frazier (click for more)

Agreement paves way for Sarkani demonstration farm

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Don Kuehl of Jackson, Minn., meets with Shah Mahmood, subgovernor of the Sarkani District in Kunar Province Nov. 10 at (click for more)

Poles celebrate Independence Day

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Polish soldiers display a state flag during an Independence Day Ceremony on FOB Ghazni Nov. 11 commemorating Poland's independent statehood in 1918 after 123 (click for more)

Operations: Afghan National Army leads the way

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members from the Afghan National Army and Task Force Bastogne meet to discuss plans for future operations in Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman provinces on Forward (click for more)

Nuristan PRT conducts dismounted patrol

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Keith Radcliffe (center) of Columbia, Md., a Nuristan PRT security force member, conducts a dismounted patrol through the town of Nengarash here Nov. (click for more)


LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Laghman Governor Mohammed Iqbal Azizi and other Afghan officials take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 6 for the Gumain Road rehabilitation, a road-improvement project in Mehtar Lam funded by the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team. (Photo courtesy of the Laghman PRT)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Provincial officials, including Laghman Governor Mohammed Iqbal Azizi, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 6 for the Gumain Road rehabilitation project, an initiative funded by the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team.

“The road will provide improved transportation and opportunities for work for more than 3,000 people in the area,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Sean Stapler of Narragansett, R.I., Laghman PRT lead engineer. “Residents will have greater access to medical and educational facilities, as well as government services. The project will also enhance security by allowing Afghan National Security Forces better access to the region.”   

In addition, small vehicles will now be able to utilize the Shamati Bridge over the Alingar River; the road was previously impassable for vehicles to access the bridge.       
The project was nominated by the Laghman Director of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, under the Capacity Building Funds program, which is administered in the province by the Laghman PRT.  Under the CBF program, government officials are mentored through the identification, design and execution of projects – therefore, projects not only benefit the community, but also serve as valuable training opportunities, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Possehl of Newnan, Ga., Laghman PRT commander.    
In the instance of the Gumain Road project, RRD staff performed the initial survey, design and cost estimate with guidance from the PRT.  As a condition for U.S. approval, the RRD director was required to have a course of action to sustain the project once it was completed. In this case, the villagers of the Gumain community have signed an agreement to maintain the 3.2-km stretch of road using an all-volunteer workforce known as an “ashra.”  
Construction of the road was carried out by an Afghan contractor – the Noorlam Construction Company – with oversight by the PRT. In an effort to create jobs locally, the contract stipulated that the contractor’s workforce would consist of at least 80 percent Afghan citizens, 75 percent of which resided within a 20-km radius of the worksite. The contract also provides for a one-year warranty on all new or refurbished drainage structures on the road.
The project was completed in approximately three months at a cost of just over $100,000.
“I think this road will go a long way toward improving the quality of life for people in the area,” Stapler said. “It’s important to demonstrate to the community that supporting the Government of Afghanistan can bring tangible benefits.”


Last Updated on Saturday, 09 October 2010 22:31


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