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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell (left), from Lawton, Okla., commander of the Agribusiness Development Team, greets U.S. Sens. John Barrasso (center) of Wyoming and Kay Hagan of North Carolina during a congressional delegation visit to Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 1. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A U.S. congressional delegation visited with Soldiers of the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team at Forward Operating Base Gardez New Year’s Day.



The congressional delegation was led by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma; and included U.S. Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

U.S Army Brig. Gen. John Uberti, Chief, C/J-5 International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, U.S. Ambassador to Timor Hans Klemm, and various congressional staff members accompanied the senators.

The visit to Gardez allowed Inhofe to see conditions on the ground in Paktya Province and meet with constituent-Soldiers of the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, from Lawton, Okla., commander of the ADT; U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Altebaumer, from Guthrie, Okla., agricultural team chief for the ADT; and U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Harley Rhynes, from Rush Springs, Okla., command sergeant major of the 2-45th ADT; met the delegation at the helicopter landing zone.

“It is not very often Soldiers get to meet with U.S. senators, especially in a war zone,” said Roshell. “It was important for the senators to see a small part of what the U.S. military is accomplishing in Afghanistan.”

After a short introduction, the ADT escorted the senators to the dining facility to meet with Soldiers. During the lunch, Inhofe and the other senators talked to the Soldiers about their time in Afghanistan. The Soldiers discussed issues of concern for them, including dwell time, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and pay and benefits for reservists returning from deployment.


The senators also met with U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marchal Magee, from Issaquah, Wash., commander of the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team.  

“It was good for (the senators) to have a chance to talk to the Airmen and Soldiers directly about our efforts here in Afghanistan and the progress we are making with the people and their government,” said Magee. “The delegation’s concern and sincerity for our safety was very appreciated and on a day when others are back home with their families ringing in the New Year. It was nice they made the sacrifice to be here with our Airmen and Soldiers.”PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, from Lawton, Okla., commander of the Agribusiness Development Team, greets U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma during Inhofe’s congressional delegation visit to Forward Operating Base Gardez. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (left) of Oklahoma talks to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marchal Magee (right), from Issaquah, Wash., commander of the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team; U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bruce Arnold (center), from Broken Arrow, Okla., civil engineer and Commander’s Emergency Response Program manager of the Agribusiness Development Team; and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Warren Higginbotham, from Haskell, Okla., the construction engineer for the ADT, Jan. 1. The informal luncheon allowed Inhofe to talk to a large number of Soldiers of the ADT. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma talks to Soldiers of the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team during a congressional delegation visit to Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 1. The visit allowed Inhofe to discuss a variety of issues with the Soldiers and also receive feedback from the Soldiers on their thoughts on Afghanistan and other issues. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ed Baker (left), from Norman, Okla., the senior medic for the Agribusiness Development Team, gives a tour of the ADT’s aid station to U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (right) of Oklahoma and Kay Hagan of North Carolina Jan. 1. The aid station allows the ADT to treat minor injuries without having to use Forward Operating Base Gardez’s medical staff. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – (From right) U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Altebaumer (right), from Guthrie, Okla., agricultural team chief for the Agribusiness Development Team, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, from Lawton, Okla., commander of the ADT, give a tour of the living accommodations of the ADT Jan. 1 to U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and John Barrasso of Wyoming. The tour of the housing allowed the senators to see how Soldiers live at Forward Operating Base Gardez. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team pose with U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Kay Hagan of North Carolina during a congressional delegation visit at Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 1. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Harley Rhynes (left), from Rush Springs, Okla., command sergeant major of the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, presents the first Oklahoma flag the 2-45th ADT flew over Forward Operating Base Gardez to U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (center) of Oklahoma as U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, from Lawton, Okla., commander of the ADT looks on. Inhofe, the senior senator from Oklahoma, came to visit with constituent-Soldiers of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)

 

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