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)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Members of the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 2-45th Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team met with Mohammad Shah Moshfiq, Paktya Province’s Director of Information and Culture, Dec. 2 to discuss potential projects focused on media capabilities and the preservation of historical artifacts for the province.
The meeting took place at Moshfiq’s office in Gardez and was the first opportunity for the new PRT to meet the DoIC.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marchal Magee, the PRT commander from Issaquah, Wash., talked to Moshfiq about his basic intentions in working with Moshfiq and his staff.
“We would love to work shoulder to shoulder with you,” said Magee. “We want your journalists to work with ours, to help them understand what is important to the locals here in Paktya.”
The meeting primarily focused on media capabilities. The PRT discussed the possibility of Moshfiq and his team distributing hand-crank, solar-powered, radios to the districts to increase the number of people listening to radio broadcasts. The DoIC agreed that it was a good idea based on his past experiences.
“I have seen a positive effect in distributing radios,” said Moshfiq. “It’s a small thing, but it means a lot to the people.”
The director is also responsible for collecting and preserving historical artifacts for the province. He took the PRT and ADT members to the Gardez Castle where he discussed some of the province’s rich history. As the tour came to a close, Moshfiq discussed his desire for future meetings and his areas of focus.
“We are always looking for more improvements and development opportunities,” said Moshfiq. “We are hoping to set up an AM radio station soon. All of our journalists and disc jockeys have really low salaries, but they work anyways because they love this community.”
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