LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Support Platoon of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, conducts daily missions in the Behsood District of eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.
One of their primary roles is the training of the Afghan National Police along with the continued efforts to partner, advise and assist in developing the government of Afghanistan through projects and daily interaction.
The Support Platoon conducts overnight missions at the ANP station to increase security, train the ANP, and conduct combined patrols. They also enable other brigade advisors in the areas of legal, engineering and governance, spending more than 18 hours per week at the district centers.
Daily interactions with the local villagers have allowed the Soldiers to develop relationships that most will never forget.
U.S. Army Spc. Scott Harper from Paccoa, Ga., said, “The people of Afghanistan have shown us that they are not the ‘bad guys’ here. They help us weed out the bad guys from the local populace in a combined effort to ensure a stable future for Afghanistan and to dismantle the terrorist regime that has chosen this country as its battle ground.”
The platoon visits different villages daily and works with the district government to prepare and submit projects that will improve the lives of the local villagers.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian Rowan of Langhorne, Pa., platoon leader, interacts with the village maliks regularly.
“Our platoon is very fortunate to be able to work with the people of the Behsood District,” said Rowan. “Everyone is very hospitable and friendly toward us when we visit the different villages.”
The progress in the most populated district in Nangarhar Province is a direct reflection of the hard work of Support Platoon Soldiers with the Government of Afghanistan leaders to ensure a better future for the people of this country.
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