Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team repaired a vital irrigation system at the Chowkay District demonstration farm in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Jan 2. ADT members also helped prepare the farm’s greenhouse for winter vegetable planting.
Mashuqallah, the Chowkay District Agriculture Extension manager, explained the urgent nature of the repairs. He also praised the ADT for moving to address the problem quickly.
“We haven’t had rain for months now, and if the irrigation pipes are broken, we have no water and cannot grow anything,” Mashuqallah said. “It is very good that the ADT came right away when I told them about this.”
The ADT’s hydrologist is U.S. Army Master Sgt. Steve Holding of Janesville, Iowa. He pointed to the low quality of the original materials as the main reason for the irrigation line break.
“I’m not sure exactly where it came from, but the T-joint the pipe to the greenhouse fits into just failed structurally, so we made sure we had good materials when we came out to fix this,” Holding said. “It really wasn’t too difficult; we just had to get our hands dirty a little.”
Although Mashuqallah was pleased by the ADT’s swift response, he was still not satisfied with the status of the current irrigation system. He pointed out drip irrigation would be ideal for the greenhouse, which the ADT underwrote and a team led by Mashuqallah built in November. He also discussed exactly how he planned to utilize such a system.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bennett Groth of Moville, Iowa, a production agriculture specialist, assured Mashuqallah that drip irrigation for the greenhouse was next on the ADT’s agenda for the Chowkay demo farm. Groth also expressed admiration for Mashuqallah’s expertise.
“Drip irrigation for the greenhouse has always been part of the plan, and Mashuqallah’s got a good grasp on what it can do for his vegetable production here,” Groth said. “He’s a very smart guy.”
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