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)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A member of the AUP performs a search during an AUP-led operation with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment in Jaji District Dec. 16. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local children watch members of Kapisa PRT pass as they leave the Abdul Salam High School in Ghayn Valley Dec. 15. (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Sher Badir, Manogai District subgovernor, speaks during the election ceremony for the Manogai District Community Council Dec. 9. (click for more)
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)
U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, veternarian from New Liberty, Iowa, supervises as an Afghan veterinarian puts final sutures into a neutered dog at a continuing education conference organized by the (click for more)
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)
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)
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.”
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