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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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Mittvalsky (foreground), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and the battalion command sergeant major from North Liberty, Iowa, pulls security while U.S. Army 1st Lt. Rob Labios, 3rd Platoon leader from Co. A, 1st Bn., 133rd Inf. Regt., from Davis, Calif., talks with a passersby about enemy activity outside the town of Shebatkyl Feb. 3. The last time 3rd Platoon attempted to go to the village, they were ambushed by enemy forces firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from multiple directions on the surrounding mountains. This time, the Soldiers were able to enter the village and talk with the people there. 1st Bn., 133rd Inf. Regt., Task Force Ironman, is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and the Iowa National Guard. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 1st Lt. Rob Labios (center right) 3rd Platoon leader from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, from Davis, Calif., conducts a key leader engagement with village elders and townspeople in the town of Shebatkyl Feb. 3. The last time 3rd platoon attempted to go to the village, they were ambushed by enemy forces firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from multiple directions on the surrounding mountains. This time, the Soldiers were able to enter the village and talk with the people there. 1st Bn., 133rd Inf. Regt., Task Force Ironman, is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and the Iowa National Guard. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)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 2nd Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, as they exit the town of Shebatkyl Feb. 3. The last time 3rd platoon attempted to go to the village, they were ambushed by enemy forces firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from multiple directions on the surrounding mountains. This time, the Soldiers were able to enter the village and talk with the people there. 1st Bn., 133rd Inf. Regt., Task Force Ironman, is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and the Iowa National Guard. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)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 2nd Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, as they exit the town of Shebatkyl Feb. 3. The last time 3rd platoon attempted to go to the village, they were ambushed by enemy forces firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from multiple directions on the surrounding mountains. This time, the Soldiers were able to enter the village and talk with the people there. 1st Bn., 133rd Inf. Regt., Task Force Ironman, is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and the Iowa National Guard. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)

 

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