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)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – At the invitation of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 18 Logar Province officials traveled to Prague Nov. 21 to learn about good governance and rule of law.
The participants are Afghan leaders of provincial institutions and include the head of the Provincial Council, the heads of the local departments of agriculture, water management, economy, education and public health, and the commanders of Logar security forces.
The primary function of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team, based in Logar Province, is to support Logar’s provincial government. This visit was part of the PRT’s long-term strategy of offering assistance to and capacity building of local authorities.
“The provincial government in Logar is dealing with lots of problems and one of them is a lack of further education to its officers,” said Frantisek Kriz, coordinator of the project and a former member of the Czech PRT. “We want to show our colleagues from Logar how Czech governance works at the regional and local level.”
The Logar leaders visited a whole range of Czech institutions connected to their fields of expertise. They toured schools, hospitals, media outlets and research institutes in addition to talking with Czech court, police and army officials.
Expectations from this study trip are high on both sides.
“One of our aims is to further intensify our relationship with (the) Czech Republic. We highly appreciate the job the Czechs have done so far in Logar; they help to develop our country,” said Zabibullah Fayaz, Logar Province Department of Economy director. “Now we can finally see their country and, besides that, we can gain the much-needed experience there. We still have so much to learn.”
The civilian side of the PRT, which is responsible for implementing development projects, consists of 11 experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The military component consists of 261 members of the Army of the Czech Republic.
The Czech PRT has worked in Logar Province since March 2008 and supports agriculture, security, water-resources maintenance, health and infrastructure. The PRT also promotes education and independent media. To date, Czechs have completed 131 projects in Logar Province.
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