KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams of New Liberty, Iowa, veterinary officer for the 734th ADT, teaches Kunar Women's Shura member Sohila how to tie (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – TF White Eagle doctors wash an Afghan woman`s burned leg to prepare her for further treatment. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Two Afghan girls peek out of a schoolhouse window in the town of Kachur Jan. 15. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A town barber trims the beard of a village elder in the town of Kotalay Jan. 10. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Heather Eberle of Altoona, Iowa, combat medic with the 734th ADT, makes friends with Afghan children inside their home compound in (click for more)
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William R. Haley (left), fills out paperwork while U.S. Army Spc. Joshua A. Knaack looks on. Both are Sioux City, (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Members of the 1st Coy, 1st Kandak ANA prepare to disrupt and prevent insurgents from planting an IED on a road near Tatanak Village in Zormat (click for more)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammed Anwar, the cousin of a shop owner in Mata Khan District, sews a scarf here Jan. 10. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rakkasan handed over command of Khowst and Paktya Provinces to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province Jan. 30.
The Rakkasans also ceremoniously cased their colors in preparation of their trip back to their home base in Fort Campbell, Ky., while the 3rd BCT, 1st Inf. Div. of TF Duke from Fort Knox, Ky., uncased their own.
The ceremony was attended by Duke and Rakkasan Soldiers; Brig. Gen. Stephen Townsend, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force - 101; Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, Khowst governor; and several members of the Afghan National Security Forces. It was a great medley of backgrounds, ethnicities and even uniform styles, as the outgoing Rakkasans wore the Army combat uniform, while the Duke Soldiers wore the newer multi-cam uniform.
“The hard work, the sacrifice, the blood of the ANSF and coalition partners have helped meet the conditions for stability in the region,” said Naeemi, “and the enemy forces can no longer move freely.”
Rakkasan commander U.S. Army Col. Viet X. Luong, of Fort Campbell, Ky., also emphasized the progress made during his unit’s rotation here.
“During the early moments of this rotation the Taliban was winning in our provinces,” he said. “But this summer, our combined actions started to produce remarkable results. We began to take many enemies out of the fight. The security conditions improved, and we began turning the tide against the Taliban.”
Speaking in both English and Pashto, U.S. Army Col. Christopher Toner, commander of TF Duke and Topeka, Kan., native, thanked the Rakkasans for their service and sacrifices and pledged his assistance to the ANSF.
“Our brothers in the ANSF, we embrace you with a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation,” he said. “We are here now to continue the support the Rakkasans have given you over the past 12 months.”
As the ceremony drew to a close, Toner promised that he and his Soldiers would help the Afghan people in their fight for their country.
“The Soldiers of the Duke Brigade are committed to using everything in their power to build Afghan capacity for providing security and stability to the region,” he said.
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