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

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TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

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Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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

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ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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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

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NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Kremer (left) from Cherokee, Iowa, commander of Task Force Ironman, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Roberto Garcia from Chicago, civil-military affairs operations center director for the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team, prepare to enter a meeting with civic and government leaders on Forward Operating Base Kalagush Jan. 17. The Nuristan PRT and TF Ironman sponsored a two-day shura Jan. 17-18 which focused on bringing peace to Nuristan. Soldiers from TF Ironman operate in three districts of western Nuristan. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Simonsen, Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Wakil Saki (right), Nurgaram District elder, listens to Dr. Adbul Wakil, Nuristan representative for the United National Development Program, at Forward Operating Base Kalagush Jan. 17. The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team and Task Force Ironman, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, sponsored the meeting with civic and government leaders from the Nuristan Province. The PRT works with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to help bring peace and stability to the region. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Simonsen, Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Nurgaram Afghan Uniform Police Chief Capt. Sham Mamood (left) and U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Gingrich of Waterloo, Iowa, commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, talk through an interpreter prior to a shura Jan. 18 at the Nurgaram District Center. The two-day shura, which began Jan. 17, featured Afghan speakers from the local government as well as the United Nations, who discussed strategies for bringing peace to Nuristan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Citizens from Nuristan Province exchange greetings before a shura Jan. 18 at the Nurgaram District Center. The two-day shura, which began Jan. 17, featured Afghan speakers from the local government as well as the United Nations, who discussed strategies for bringing peace to Nuristan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghan man takes notes during the speech of Dr. Adbul Wakil, Nuristan representative for the United National Development Program, Jan. 18 at a shura at the Nurgaram District Center. The shura, which was attended by about 75 people including villagers, government, and military officials, focused on methods of bringing peace to the Nuristan province. The shura was sponsored by the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team and Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Nuristan Province resident Manhour Hamdad speaks about Afghans taking responsibility for their own security during a shura Jan. 18 at the Nurgaram District Center. The two-day shura began Jan. 17 and was coordinated by the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team. It included speakers from the government of Nuristan and an Afghan United Nations representative and was attended by villagers, local leaders, members of the Afghan National Army, the Iowa National Guard NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police Gen. Zahid Shams Nuristani (left), commander of the Nuristan Province ANP, talks with Dr. Abdul Wakil (center), from the United Nations Development Program, and U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Mallory, commanding officer of the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team from Chesapeake, Va., Jan. 18 at the conclusion of a two-day shura at the Nurgaram District Center. The shura, sponsored by the Nuristan PRT and Task Force Red Bulls, brought together leaders of the Afghan government, the U.S. and Afghan military, local police and villagers to discuss new methods of bringing peace to the Nuristan Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)

 

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