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)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force White Eagle security force advisors and Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV conducted a four-day combined mission with the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police in Ajiristan District here Oct. 27-30.
The purpose of this mission was to encourage a unified approach between coalition forces and Afghan National Security Forces.
“This mission highlights the importance of security, governance, and development working together to achieve sustainable peace,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brian P. Stevens, the Texas ADT-IV commander and a native of Austin, Texas. During the mission, the units focused their efforts on the resupply of ANSF, mentoring of ANP, personnel assessment, and the support of the ADT’s assessment of needed agriculture projects in the Ajiristan District.
“This is a remarkably complicated place, but the best path toward sustainable peace is for us to continue to conduct ‘unified operations’ with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, coalition forces, ANA, ANP and the traditional leadership,” said Stevens.
During the ADT’s mission, a 10-year-old Afghan boy and an Afghan Uniformed Policeman were wounded when an improvised explosive device was detonated in the district bazaar. Both received non-life threatening injuries and were treated on the scene by medics from the ADT and the ANA. The event provided an opportunity for coalition forces medics to supervise and mentor ANSF medics in a real-world situation.
Two days later, insurgents attacked the district center with small arms fire, which was returned in a joint effort by coalition forces and ANSF, effectively suppressing the insurgents. Despite occurring in the populated district center, there were no civilian injuries or casualties during the fire fight.
Addressing the need for development in the district, the combined units assessed the condition of the medical clinic in the area, which had been damaged by insurgents with mortar rounds about six weeks before. While still functional, the clinic needs work on the ceiling, windows and water system to be a fully operational. Despite the work to be done, several doctors have returned to the district to open the clinic and provide care for the local villagers.
During the mission, the units observed six tons of available wheat seed awaiting distribution in the district center. Due to the onset of winter, it is important for winter wheat seed planting to occur prior to the middle of November. Considering how close the timeline was, Stevens worked with Ghazni Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Sultan Hussein, and Ajiristan Police Chief Obaidullah to develop a distribution plan slated to occur by the end of October.
Once delivered, this undertaking will be an important step for GIRoA representatives to address a critical need of the people of Ajiristan.
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