50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The newest group of Afghan Local Police graduate basic training at Combat Outpost Chamkani Dec. 16. The Chamkani District Support Team has worked with local officials to increase the safety of their population through community policing initiatives, placing 200 Afghan police graduates into the Ministry of the Interior’s security program. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Clean water, reliable sanitation systems, increased police presence, and even local sports fields will be coming to the citizens of Paktya in the near future, thanks to the partnership between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and members of the Zormat District Support Team.

Soldiers of the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, from Kalamazoo, Mich., join U.S. and Afghan civilian experts on DSTs located at Combat Outposts Zormat, Wilderness, Chamkani and Herrera to help make these civic improvements a reality.

Military members of the DSTs at these locations are assigned to the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team and assist GIRoA in providing services to the people.

“One of the PRT's main roles here is to connect the government of Afghanistan to its people, and the key is knowing what is happening down at the grassroots level,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Reid Smith of Niceville, Fla., PRT civil affairs commander. “This is where the civil affairs team comes in; providing the PRT commander with the ground truth so that he can mentor provincial-level government officials to better serve the needs of their people.”

The DST working in the Zormat District has recently taken on two major projects; the Clean Water Initiative for the Tamir Bazaar and the Zormat Sports Field Initiative. The U.S. Agency for International Development has funded the Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation project in support of the Clean Water Initiative.

“I would say our team has made some serious progress during our first month on the ground,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Tristan Boddicker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 415th CA Bn. “We have made ourselves available both in town as well as here at the COP, in order to facilitate the local population and expand the reach of the Afghan government.”

In the northern region of the province, the Chamkani DST has worked with local officials to increase the safety of their population through community policing initiatives, placing 200 Afghan police graduates into the Ministry of the Interior’s security program.

“National registration enables the Ministry of the Interior to gain oversight, accountability and ownership of the very effective ALP program,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Benjamin Fradette from Yankeetown, Fla., 415th CA Bn. “Such an event reinforces the administrative mentorship between coalition forces and personnel from the Afghan government.”

Working on such large projects with GIRoA is a challenge for the two civil affairs Soldiers normally assigned to each DST, but a challenge they’re equipped to handle, even if alone.

“Despite being the only PRT civil affairs Soldier on site, (U.S. Army) Sgt. 1st Class (Eric) Conover is still responsible for both the Jaji and Ahmad Kehl districts, an area of over 500 square kilometers,” Smith said. “His current priorities are the opening of the recently completed Jaji District Center and a road project that will connect the three main villages in the district to the Shista Bazaar. This bazaar is a primary center for commerce in the area and will allow farmers in this agriculturally based community a better opportunity to get their crops to market.”

With the combined efforts of PRT civil affairs team members on each DST, GIRoA officials in Paktya’s major population centers are able to work toward providing services to the citizens of the region, said Smith.

The PRT continues to build on the foundation of successful relationship they’ve cultivated in their first month in the province, allowing progress to continue, he added.

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Hokum Khan, Chamkani District chief of police, addresses the newest group of Afghan Local Police during their graduation ceremony at Combat Outpost Chamkani Dec. 16. Full-time Afghan Nation Police serve Afghanistan as a whole, the mission of the part-time ALP mandates that they must protect their own village. The Chamkani District Support Team has worked with local officials to increase the safety of their population through community policing initiatives, placing 200 Afghan police graduates into the Ministry of the Interior’s security program. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Hajji Zahier Shah, Chamkani Afghan Local Police commander, reads his speech from the back of a paper target to the newest group of ALP during their graduation ceremony at Combat Outpost Chamkani Dec. 16. The Chamkani District Support Team has worked with local officials to increase the safety of their population through community policing initiatives, placing 200 Afghan police graduates into the Ministry of the Interior’s security program. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

    

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Coalition forces engage insurgents in Kapisa

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

 
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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

 
ANSF, TF Bastogne continue operations in Kunar

 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.

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