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)
The facility is named after U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady of Bristow, Okla., an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year.
“Spc. Ryan Grady represents to us what the modern National Guard is,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter the acting director of the Army National Guard. “He joined the guard because he wanted to serve his country.”
Carpenter joined U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, commander and master of ceremonies for the event in cutting the ribbon across the entrance to the facility and spoke at the ceremony.
“I believe that he (would) truly appreciate that a facility like this one is available for his fellow Soldiers in a place where so very few creature comforts are available,” Carpenter said. “I can only hope that you and the many servicemembers who cross the threshold into this building for years to come can enjoy a reprieve from the seemingly endless mission that we have here in Afghanistan. Today, remember those who came before you and those like Ryan, who paid the ultimate price for what we all hold dear.”
The dining facility was under construction during Grady’s tour in Afghanistan and received the official name a few months back. The theme of the dining facility is Americana and includes signs reminiscent of the U.S. including “Warrior Bucks” over the coffee station and “Warrior Way” over the sandwich bar.
The ceremony included a meal of steak and lobster for those in attendance and those having lunch after the ceremony. It closed with a dedication to all those who have paid the ultimate price.
“If everyone would stand, I would like to propose a toast,” Perkins said. “This is to not only Grady but all the servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To our fallen comrades.”
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