Red Bulls patrol area around COP Najil

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64th MPs: Brothers, sisters in arms

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Guard team partners with Afghan security forces

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French forces support Afghan troops in Kapisa

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Panjshir PRT engineers inspect Paryan road

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TF White Eagle saves lives of mother, infant

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1st Bn., 187th Inf. Regt., patrols Sabari District

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Freedom Restoration Center helps troops get back to duty

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 GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Cmdr. Philip Kapusta, former Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team commander, accepts the Bronze Star from Polish Army Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, Task Force White Eagle commander, during the Ghazni PRT change of command ceremony Nov. 6. The Bronze Star is awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service. The ceremony was held on Forward Operating Base Ghazni. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Cmdr. Philip Kapusta, from Valrico, Fla., turned the reins of control over to U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Doolittle in a ceremony marking the transition from the outgoing Provincial Reconstruction Team to the new team on Forward Operating Base Ghazni Nov 6. 

Polish Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, commander of Task Force White Eagle, presided over the ceremony which was rich in naval tradition.
Distinguished visitors included provincial Gov. Musa Khan and many of the province’s district governors and provincial council members. Attendance by more than a dozen members of the local press corps emphasized the importance of the PRT’s presence in the province.

Gov. Musa Khan addressed the audience in English focusing on three enemies of Afghanistan: illiteracy and the lack of education, poverty and unemployment, and the insurgency. He spoke of his desire for strong cooperation between coalition forces and the provincial security forces and finished with his wish of success and safety here in Ghazni for the incoming team.

Reudowicz echoed the governor’s focus on the three enemies of Afghanistan and added, “You guys on the PRT are doing the greatest job in Afghanistan. That’s how we can change the situation in this country and provide people safety and security.”

Both the outgoing and incoming commanders delighted the audience with speeches delivered in Pashto. Kapusta offered “hope that Afghanistan and Ghazni will have a good future.” He remembered those, such as Andar police chief Col. Muhammand Nabi Patang, who sacrificed their lives towards that goal.

After the ceremony, a light buffet was available as guests mingled and had the opportunity to make introductions which all hope will lead to cooperation in the building of a safe and secure Afghanistan.GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of the Ghazni Provincial Council, Provincial Election Officer and local press walk through the buffet line during the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team change of command ceremony Nov. 6. The buffet was followed by an opportunity for press interviews and mingling between the three countries. The ceremony was held on Forward Operating Base Ghazni. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Four bells ring for U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Doolittle, the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team incoming commander, during the change of command ceremony Nov. 6. The ceremony recognized the success of the past PRT under the command of U.S. Navy Cmdr. Philip Kapusta and set the stage for the new team led by Doolittle. The ceremony was held on Forward Operating Base Ghazni. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)

 

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