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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
All of the trainees were in place and ready to begin promptly at 9 a.m., exactly when the training was scheduled to start. That marked a departure from previous similar events according to U.S. Army Master Sgt. Darla Sheasley of Everly, Iowa, ADT veterinary technician who provided the training to the Afghan women.
“We’ve done training like this several other times and usually when it’s scheduled to start at 9 a.m., we can expect to get started around 10 a.m. or a little later,” Sheasley said. “I really credit the local officials and the (Kunar Province) director of women’s affairs for getting this organized so well.”
Sheasley trained the women on basic animal care procedures, recognition and treatment of animal parasites, as well as rabies control and prevention. These topics, Sheasley explained, are vital to Afghan women because they are the primary caretakers of livestock that typically live in the compound with the families of the women.
“The animals are very important to these women because they provide most of the protein through milk, eggs and meat that their families get,” Sheasley said. “In some cases, they’re also a source of additional income to the family.”
The women at the training included both teenagers and senior citizens. At the training’s conclusion, each expressed gratitude as she received her certificate of completion. One young woman, Asan Jan, lauded Sheasley’s bravery.
“We are very glad you had the courage to come and teach us today,” Jan said. “We are an uneducated people and this will help us to better provide for our families.”
Sheasley pointed out the veterinary training is virtually cost-free, yet is immensely popular among the trainees. Just as importantly, she added, the training bolsters the credibility of the Kunar Provincial Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and is basic enough for government officials to conduct by themselves in the future.
“This is a relatively small thing for us to do,” Sheasley said, “but it’s a big deal to them.”
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