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

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)

TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

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)

Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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)

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

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)

ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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)

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

An Afghan carrying a child approaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller of Atkins, Iowa, a medic with Task Force Red Bulls, for humanitarian aid at Qale-Mussa Pain Middle School (click for more)

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad Hospital general surgeon, explains the types of injuries that come through the hospital’s operating theater to U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, Jan. 31. During the hospital visit, the PRT began preliminary discussions for transporting highly complicated surgery cases to the forward surgical team located at Forward Operating Base Wright in order for Afghan surgeons to learn the latest techniques and procedures while assisting American doctors. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar Public Affairs) KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Medicine has no race, no gender. It is unconcerned with social stature, religious preference or political affiliation. All that matters in medicine is helping people.

When medics from Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team were escorted through Asadabad Hospital, Jan. 31, and paused by the beds of the sick and the injured, the message was the same whether the words were spoken in Pashto or English: “I am here to help you.”

“It’s a common trait I’ve noticed amongst medical professionals around the world,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar PRT nurse practitioner. “They genuinely care about people.”

The purpose behind the PRT visit was twofold. First, Redman said, she wanted to make sure the Afghan doctors did not have any questions about the medical equipment they owned and that someone had been properly trained on operating the equipment. She also wanted to see about re-engaging the advising program between the doctors at the forward surgical team and the surgeons here.

Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad Hospital general surgeon, was highly receptive to the prospect of working with the American FST surgeons. “We enjoy the relationships with your surgeons very much,” he said.

Shinwary went on to say that reopening the lines of communication would be extremely beneficial as there are some surgeries they perform which are very complicated, and the Afghan surgeons would be interested to observe the latest techniques.

“War surgeries,” as Shinwary referred to them, often present the greatest challenge to the surgical staff and would provide an excellent opportunity for continued learning from the American doctors, Shinwary said. “We don’t care whose bomb was responsible. We just want to heal the injuries, save lives.”


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 Hospital general surgeon, Jan. 31. PRT medical personnel attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, visited Asadabad Hospital to reopen a dormant advising program with American doctors at the forward surgical team located at Forward Operating Base Wright. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs) KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan man awaits a medical procedure in the Asadabad Hospital during a visit by Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team medical personnel attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Jan. 31. Amputation injuries such as the one this man suffered were cited by Afghan doctors as a type of orthopaedic surgery they would like to receive further training on from the American doctors located at Forward Operating Base Wright. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar Public Affairs)

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force White Eagle Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV attended a ground breaking ceremony hosted by Ghazni Deputy sub-Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi at the Ghazni Governor’s compound April 27.

TF Dolch launches UAV in Logar Province


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.