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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A shopkeeper stands by his store in the Bagram Airfield bazaar Dec. 11. The bazaar brings in more than $30,000 into the local economy on a (click for more)

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Key elders listen intently while the U.S. and Polish ambassadors, Musa Khan, Ghazni provincial governor, and Amina Safi Afzaly, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, speak (click for more)

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Actor and comedian Robin Williams talks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the (click for more)

Ambassador Eikenberry dedicates playground at Ghazni orphanage

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, shakes a little girl's hand during the playground dedication at Ghazni City Orphanage in Ghazni Dec. 15. (click for more)

Bravo strengthens relationship with Afghan people

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Shane Taylor, a Slater, Iowa, native and Bravo Troop Soldier, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Red Horse, plays with Afghan children (click for more)

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Lorn McKinzie of Depew, Okla., 2-45th Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team senior noncommissioned officer, meets with Afghans from the Amad Abad District of Paktya Province. The purpose of the meeting was to plan for future projects the Afghans and the ADT want to complete during the spring and summer. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 2-45th Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team went to Amad Abad Village Dec. 15 to discuss agricultural projects with Afghan officials and how to strengthen the relationship between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and locals.

The meeting between the Afghan elders and members of the ADT occurred in the Amad Abad District Center. During the meeting, both past and future projects were discussed.

“The ADT would like to replicate the successes of past teams and work with the district leaders to assess the needs of the village,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Lorn McKinzie of Depew, Okla., ADT senior noncommissioned officer.  

Managing the needs of the Afghans is critical to the ADT, McKinzie said.

“The U.S. needs to have unity of effort in helping the Afghan government achieve the goals of a self-sustaining government,” said U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell from Lawton, Okla., ADT commander. “Revitalizing agriculture is crucial ... because it will allow Afghanistan to become an exporter of agricultural produce, versus an importer of commodities from the outside, specifically Pakistan.”

The Afghan elders discussed poultry training, which was very successful this past summer with the previous ADT.  

McKinzie said the ADT would be able to conduct poultry training since the only major requirements for the training are a place to conduct the training, a qualified Afghan teach the course and a list of students interested in participating.

“Poultry training takes place in a classroom and practical exercise environment of approximately 60 students,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Lacy Spanier of McLoud, Okla., ADT senior female advisor. “At the conclusion of the training, each student is provided 20 chickens to take back to continue raising and breeding.”

Another agricultural project addressed by the village elders was beekeeping since bees provide a quick, manageable and easily maintainable source of pollination of crops. Crops that require pollination in Afghanistan are apples, almonds, melons and cucumbers.  

“Approximately 60 students from across the district are allowed to attend the training,” said U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims from Duncan, Okla., ADT project manager.

The students are chosen based upon families who have orchards or farms which require pollination for agricultural production. During the training, the students learn about bee biology, social structure of the hive, wintering the hive, feeding and basic hive maintenance.

The ADT’s mission will allow the Afghan farmers to increase agricultural production across the district and Paktya Province as a whole. Increasing agricultural production will further strengthen the relationship between the government and local Afghans.

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Linden Kinder of Oklahoma City, 2-45th Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team project manager, provides security along the perimeter wall of the Amad Abad District Center in Paktya Province. Kinder is also a medic for the ADT. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)



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