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)
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)
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)
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 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 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)
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)
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)
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)
FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Polish and American servicemembers, along with their civilian counterparts, attended an Independence Day ceremony on Forward Operating Base Ghazni Nov. 11.
Nov. 11 signifies the Polish national holiday celebrating and commemorating its independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria, Prussia and Russia.
"We had to wait 123 years for our independence. And we had to fight for it,” said Polish Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, Task Force White Eagle commander, during the ceremony. "We understand very well what independence and freedom means."
As part of the ceremony, names of fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives on Afghan soil were called.
"We stand today on the call for independence of memory for the distant land of Afghanistan, to honor all who fought for the independence of the Polish Republic,” the general said. “Today, we, the heirs of Polish independence tradition, we turn to the treasury of the accomplishments of our brave ancestors.”
Polish task force commanders met with media representatives after the ceremony. The main area of concern was the security situation in the Ghazni province, cooperation between TF White Eagle and Afghan National Security Forces. Many questions related to the subsequent development projects of Provincial Reconstruction Team.
In addition to the somber ceremony and press engagement, the day also included a 11-kilometer run, a basketball tournament and traditional Polish cuisine.
Later in the evening, a solemn Mass in the intention of the Homeland was celebrated.
"Homeland is composed of spiritual wealth of language, culture, history and traditions,” said Polish Chaplain (Capt.) Rafal Kapron. “To the memory of victories and defeats, the rulers, heroes, leaders and multitudes of nameless people who have served their work and serve the country.”
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