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

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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

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team met with Niaz Mohammad Zadran, the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock for Paktya Province, at the DAIL compound in Gardez Nov. 9 to discuss a variety of agricultural programs and tour the facilities.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team met with Niaz Mohammad Zadran, the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock for Paktya Province, at the DAIL compound in Gardez Nov. 9 to discuss a variety of agricultural programs and tour the facilities.
The team discussed projects that are either currently underway or will be started in the near future for completion in the coming year. The five-year plan for the Afghan government was also discussed and how the ADT would be able to help the Afghans realize their goals in that plan.

“The meeting was critical for the success of all the projects in the province,” said U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, the 2-45th ADT commander from Lawton, Okla. “Mentoring and assisting the Afghans is important to the relationships between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the citizens. The ADT is working, through improving agriculture, to strengthen the bonds between the GIRoA and local Afghans.”

Zadran took Roshell and members of the agricultural section of the ADT on a tour of various areas in the compound, including the administrative building, the green house, the grain storage building, classroom buildings and the maintenance building.

During the tour, U.S. Army Capt. Kale Rogers, from Cordell, Okla., the security force commander, found an unexploded artillery round. Rogers informed Roshell, who talked to Zadran about finding the shell.

Zadran said that there were other artillery rounds on the compound. Rogers marked the unexploded ordnance and called headquarters to request the explosive ordnance disposal team.

Rogers and his platoon escorted the EOD team to the compound and provided security while EOD gathered up the ordnance and transported it to a range south of Gardez for disposal.

U.S. Army Spc. Cheryl Baldridge, from Prague, Okla., a veterinary specialist for the ADT, conducted an assessment of the veterinary facilities. Baldridge was able to interact with some Afghans who were in class studying to become veterinary assistants and ask them about the training that they had completed.

“The compound has the basic facilities to teach the students a variety of improved agricultural skills in the care of animals,” said Baldridge.

The students have been in class for the past five months to learn the basics of animal husbandry. Animal husbandry can be described as general care and treatment of large to mid-sized animals related to disease control, diagnosis of common animal illnesses and human interaction with the animal.

Some of the future projects the team would like to complete include practical field training exercises for students during the veterinary assistant classes and a veterinary class in Paktika Province, said Baldridge.

The day’s mission ended with EOD successfully disposing of the ordnance. The U.S. military and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan constantly strive to create a safe place for all Afghans, and disposing of the ordnance is just one way to make all of Afghanistan safer, said Roshell.

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian Hekia from Duncan, Okla., a squad leader for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, plays a friendly game of “punch” with some Afghan children here Nov. 9. Soldiers from the 2-45th ADT met with Niaz Mohammad Zadran, the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock for Paktya Province, at the DAIL compound in Gardez to discuss a variety of agricultural programs and tour the facilities. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P. Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)

 

    

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