How one man makes a difference in Afghanistan

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)

Guardians of Peace produces results in Paktya

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)

Working together to put Afghan heroes back together again

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)

Bidder’s conference places Afghans in control

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 women strengthen communication skills

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 PRT assesses village, builds relationships

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)

Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

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)

Co. A makes successful return to Shebatkyl

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)

Delegation conducts market outreach mission in Zormat

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 PRT medics help healing at Asadabad Hospital

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)

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marchal Magee, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team commander from Issaquah, Wash., and Gulab Shah, Zormat District subgovernor, speak with a shop owner during a mission to the bazaar in Zormat Feb. 3. Magee and Shah met with shop owners to discuss the economic situation there and any other issues the Afghans were concerned about. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A delegation of coalition and Afghan senior district leadership conducted a market outreach mission in Zormat District Feb. 3.



U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marchal Magee, commander of Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team and native of Issaquah, Wash., said this was the first time such a group was able to safely visit a market in Zormat.

“A year ago, we couldn't have walked a block,” he said, referring to the improved security at the bazaar. “This is the Haqani network's backyard. They used to tell people here what to do and what to think.”

In addition the PRT, the delegation included members of the 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team, the subgovernor and chief of police of Zormat, and a representative from the Paktya Department of Agriculture.

The people of Zormat have been reporting insurgent activity more than ever before to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and coalition forces, Magee said.

Last month, U.S. and GIRoA security forces seized five weapons caches based on tips submitted from Zormat residents. During the same time period last year, no tips came from the area.

“The people here are tired of fighting. They want development now,” said Gulab Shah, the Zormat subgovernor.

Magee said U.S. and GIRoA officials will begin further developing the area this spring. Their plans include the installation of greenhouses at schools, beekeeping and poultry production classes, and construction projects to help mitigate seasonal flooding.

In addition to improving the townspeople's lives, Magee hopes community involvement in the development projects will increase support for coalition forces and the Afghan government.

As they strolled through the market, the delegation met with shoppers and shop owners to assess the economic and agricultural state of the bazaar, as well as to listen to any concerns the villagers might have.

“I feel great about coming here,” said Mohammad Masood, a representative of the Paktya Department of Agriculture. “I can't wait to see the people and hear what they have to say.”PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team provide security at the bazaar in Zormat Feb. 3. The Soldiers, as well as Afghan National Police, protected U.S. military and Afghan government officials conducting a market outreach mission there. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A shop owner markets his spices at the bazaar in Zormat. Spices, food, veterinary medicine, clothing and other daily goods are available at the bazaar visited by a delegation of coalition and district leadership Feb. 3. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktya Public Affairs)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 the bazaar in Zormat Feb. 3. Masood and Roshell visited the market to assess the local resident’s agricultural needs. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

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