50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

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LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Glen D. Pegher of Mars, Pa., a platoon leader assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, ensures his Soldiers are in appropriate firing positions while providing security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 10. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – On a frigid, wind-whipped hilltop, troops perched in sandbag-improved fighting positions while diligently scanning their sectors, providing overwatch for their fellow Soldiers and Afghan National Security Forces clearing the village below in Kharwar District Jan. 11.

Soldiers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, and ANSF conducted a two-day foot patrol to establish a stronger Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan presence in the district.

The mission came to fruition after Logar Provincial Gov. Attiqullah Lodin dictated the goals and timeframe to the ANSF.

“Our mission was to provide security for the (Afghan National Army) and (Afghan National Police) as they conducted clearing operations in Musakhen and Sheykan,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Glen D. Pegher, Co. D platoon leader.

Afghan forces have visited areas within the vast rural district in the past.

“We needed to clear suspected enemy caches and wanted to meet the populace in towns we have not visited frequently,” said U.S. Army Capt. Andrew J. Stahura, Co. D’s commander. “One town visited is a key area for insurgents.”

The ANSF have continued to progress in their military proficiency.

“They (ANSF) are now coordinating missions and working with the district subgovernor to visit towns that haven’t been visited for six months to a year,” said Stahura, who is from Butler, Pa.

During this mission the ANSF recovered two weapons caches and detained four suspects.

“Our company was able to achieve all of its goals, and we were able to take tools of terror off the street,” said Pegher, a native of Mars, Pa.

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pvt. Nicholas C. Berman of Asbury, N.J., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides security from a concealed position for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 10. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 10. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Orfelio Escamilla of Rio Grande City, Texas, assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, scans the village below as another platoon secures it with Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 11. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Rio Grande City, Texas native U.S. Army Spc. Orfelio Escamilla, an infantryman assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, scans the village below as another platoon secures it with Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District, Jan. 11. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Patriot)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, and Afghan policemen and soldiers head toward a suspected Taliban member’s home in Kharwar District Jan 12. Soldiers of Co. D and Afghan National Security Forces pushed through Kharwar on a two-day foot patrol to strengthen Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s presence. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 11. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan policemen and soldiers provide security on a hill with Soldiers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, in Kharwar District Jan. 11. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF pushed through Kharwar on a two-day foot patrol to establish a stronger Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan presence in the area. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)

 

    

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Coalition forces engage insurgents in Kapisa

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

 
ANSF, ISAF begin major operation in Laghman valley

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

 
ANSF, TF Bastogne continue operations in Kunar

 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.

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