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)
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)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)
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 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 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)
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)
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)
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 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 - Afghan National Army Commandos, their U.S. Army Special Forces advisers, U.S. Army engineers and local contractors commemorated the official inauguration of a new Commando observation post on the outskirts of Forward Operating Base Thunder Jan. 26.
“One day, people will call this a castle,” said ANA Col. Nabi Qatee, Commando Kandak commander. “And these men can tell their grandchildren that they built this.”
The men responsible for the project gathered for a luncheon atop the new observation post to congratulate and thank one another. Following the luncheon, certificates were presented to vital members of the construction process.
“The special forces mentors were so kind to us,” said Qatee. “They spent a great deal of money investing in this project, and all of our soldiers helped very much with the construction as well, bringing supplies and lending a hand whenever possible. We are very thankful to all of you.”
The outpost is positioned on a high mountaintop overlooking FOB Thunder and offers commando forces an opportunity for early detection of threats approaching the base.
“Before when we walked here, there was nothing,” said Qatee. “Today we have a building that will stand the test of time and allow us to protect ourselves from the enemy.”
The building’s thick walls offer security, and a centrally-located wood stove is available for heat.
“It’s something that sustainable,” said Aaron R. Throop of Carson, Wash., the civilian operations and maintenance site supervisor for FOB Thunder, “They just bring firewood up if they’re cold. They have oil lamps for light. That building will be there for more than 200 years.”
The completed project is a sustainable solution to FOB security. The faces at the inauguration were filled with joy as they broke bread with each other atop their new OP.
“The OP is a really good example of an Afghan solution to an Afghan problem,” said Throop. “It works and will be here long term when everything else that needs fuel and supplies is long gone.”
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