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 - With spectators cheering, Azadi, from Ghazni City, split Wahdat’s defence with a powerful spike earning Azadi the 2010 Friendly Relationship Volleyball Tournament championship title in two straight sets at the sand pit on Forward Operating Base Ghazni.
Eight teams, including more than 50 athletes from the Afghan National Army, Ghazni City, Polish and American servicemembers and FOB Ghazni linguists, competed in a single-day tournament hosted by the U.S. State Department.
U.S. State Department officials chose to have the tournament on FOB Ghazni to help strengthen ties with the local community.
“We decided to hold a volleyball tournament, not only to show off our local talent, but to encourage Ghazni citizens to drop any preconceived notions and come together with our coalition counterparts and local government for a friendly game of volleyball to help form a stronger bond,” said Mohammad Saleem Omar, U.S. Department of State linguist.
This is the first time the Friendly Relationship Volleyball Tournament has been hosted on FOB Ghazni since the FOB was established in 2003.
"I am so very happy to be playing on the FOB," said Wahidullah, trainer and team leader for Azadi. “I think this is a great idea to help build a better relationship between us citizens and coalition so we can become more together.”
Wahidullah said he is looking forward to more opportunities like this.
“There are plans in the future for another game,” said Omar. “We are looking at the Afghan National Army compound because it’s close and has a really nice facility. We are also looking into hosting a game in Jaghori and getting the women involved as well. It should be another great turnout from all groups.”
Trophies, gifts and sporting goods were given out to the top three teams.
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