50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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)

Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

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)

TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

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)

Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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)

10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

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)

ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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)

Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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)

ANA, TF Storm break trail, make difference in Kharwar

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)

Ky. ADT II begins Panjshir sheep parasite project

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)

Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

An Afghan carrying a child approaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller of Atkins, Iowa, a medic with Task Force Red Bulls, for humanitarian aid at Qale-Mussa Pain Middle School (click for more)

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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Soldier from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment walks around a graveyard while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs) LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment commander from Dysart, Iowa, scans the area while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, pauses after digging loose some broken command wire the unit located in a riverbed while on patrol near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it was not found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, watches as a UH-57 Kiowa helicopter provides cover in the area of Sigin Village Jan. 1. Cain was monitoring the area near a command wire the unit found while on patrol. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it wasn’t found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam A. Wontrop (left), a member of the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team from Clarksville, Tenn., tries to uncover some of a command wire located by Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, near a bridge across from the town of Sigin Jan. 1. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the EOD team to locate an IED, but the team was unable to find it. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - TNT explodes near a bridge across from the town of Sigin Jan. 1. A command wire was located near the bridge while Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment patrolled the area. The company called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team, who blasted the area with TNT, but could not locate an improvised explosive device. Co. A had been hit by IEDs in the area in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Army soldier with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, stands watch on a mountainside near the town of Sigin Jan. 1. A command wire was located near the bridge while U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, patrolled the area. The company called the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team, who blasted the area with TNT, but could not locate an improvised explosive device. Company A had been hit by IEDs in the area in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army soldiers with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, and Soldiers from U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment watch activity on the side of a mountain near the town of Sigin Jan. 1. The soldiers saw two individuals moving up the mountain toward an area they had received contact from in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

 

    

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan –Afghanistan National Security Forces and U.S. Army soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, alongside other members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, began a series of joint operations in the Ghazibad District of the Kunar Province Feb. 16.

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NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a search with Afghan National Security Forces in Loya Torma Village in Sherzad District Feb. 5.

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ANSF, TF Bastogne begin operations in Shawan Ghar Valley

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces partnered with the Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Bastogne, 101st Airborne Division, to begin operations in the Shawan Ghar Valley of the Lal Por District Feb. 3.

 

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Weapons cache found, destroyed in Laghman

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A weapons cache consisting of more than 100 anti-personnel mines was found by coalition forces on patrol near the village of Jugi, Mehtar Lam District, Laghman Province Jan. 27. An explosive ordnance disposal team was deployed to the scene and destroyed the cache in place.

The security and safety of Afghan civilians is an important part of every coalition operation. All weapons caches found during these operations are destroyed to ensure they do not harm civilians or military personnel.

“Mines are indiscriminate killers. They don’t distinguish between Soldiers or civilians, between men, women or children. We must all work together to eliminate the threat posed by these deadly weapons,” said U.S. Army Col. Ben Corell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

If you see any suspicious activity or know of a weapons cache in your area, please report it. Call the Operations Coordination Center Provincial Tip Line at 079-662-0193 or at 079-397-0975.