How one man makes a difference in Afghanistan

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)

Guardians of Peace produces results in Paktya

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)

Working together to put Afghan heroes back together again

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)

Bidder’s conference places Afghans in control

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)

Panjshir women strengthen communication skills

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)

Ghazni PRT assesses village, builds relationships

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)

Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)

Co. A makes successful return to Shebatkyl

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)

Delegation conducts market outreach mission in Zormat

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)

Kunar PRT medics help healing at Asadabad Hospital

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Peter Latourette of Brooklyn, N.Y., poses with his treasured copy of Security Analysis, the book he credits with his financial success (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart, 17th Public Affairs Detachment). PAKTYA, Afghanistan – He came to Afghanistan flat-broke and unsatisfied with his civilian job, selling cars for a Ford Dealership in Brooklyn.

After extending to remain in Afghanistan twice, U.S. Army Spc. Peter Latrourette of Brooklyn, N.Y., is $250,000 dollars richer and debt free.

Latourette deployed with the New York National Guard’s 6th Infantry Division in March of 2008, two extensions later he is still in Afghanistan.  
“I stayed here so long because I realized that it (a deployment to Afghanistan) was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Latourette.

He is not your average junior enlisted Soldier. Latourette is 46 years old and has a daughter in college. He misses his wife and children and admits that the time away has been hard on his family, but Latourette is pragmatic.

 “The Army is the best deal out there… it was good enough for Sam Walton and Warren Buffet, it’s good enough for me,” said Latourette.   

Latourette idolizes both Walton and Buffet, two of the richest men in the world. He finds inspiration in the fact that both men served in the military and achieved financial success by sound business decisions and investing.

Latourette grew up in a middle-class home in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he learned the value of a dollar. He lived with his aunt and uncle who taught him the lessons that they learned growing up during the depression.

After reading an article about Warren Buffet, Latourette became interested in investing. The article mentioned Benjamin Graham and David Dodd’s book Security Analysis. Latourette was intrigued and began to study and apply the lessons he learned from Graham and Dodd. His efforts have paid big dividends.  

“I always wanted to invest, but I did not have the money to act, none of this would have happened without the Army,” said Latourette.

“My savings and investments are now worth over $250,000.”

Still, Latourette insists that it is not just about the money. He speaks passionately about his time in Afghanistan and his hopes for the future.

“I want the people here to have the same opportunities that we have in the states,” said Latourette. “It’s a good feeling working with the Afghan people.”

In May, Latourette will finally return home where he intends to continue investing and hopes to host financial seminars around the country. He has no formal securities training, but he boasts that, “my results are my credentials.”




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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.

Drug lab discovered in Nangarhar, material destroyed

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.

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.


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.