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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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Team members and engineers assess a well with an elder in the Touheed Abad Village in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. More than 25 wells were built throughout the village over two years ago by non-government organizations. Now, only five are in working condition. The PRT suggested the community come together to help keep their village in working order. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Task Force White Eagle Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - On cold, wintery days, many people would stay inside, but not the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team. Instead, they were out conducting a water well assessment and fostering relationships in the Touheed Abad Village, Ghazni Province Feb. 6. 



Ghazni PRT members stay busy visiting districts throughout the province, but still take time to assess local villages that surround the base such as Touheed Abad.

More than 25 wells were built throughout the village more than two years ago by non-government organizations. Now, only five are in working condition.

“All projects the PRT facilitates, whether we sponsor directly or work with an NGO to fund, are tracked and followed up on,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Alex Dietrich, an engineer for the Ghazni PRT from Washington, D.C. “We don’t build a project and then walk away. We make sure they are maintaining and keeping the project secure after the Afghans have agreed to sustain it.”

Even though the PRT’s main mission is to help in reconstruction, they believe the community should come together to keep their village in working order.

“What are they going to do when we leave,” she added. “Our work shouldn’t be focused on the projects, but rather on the process. They need to stop looking to the PRT or coalition forces for help but instead utilize their Provincial Council, the Afghan government, for guidance. That’s why we’re here, to strengthen and empower the government of Afghanistan.”

Visiting the wells was not the only mission. Mingling with the locals is a great way to build relationships within the community and to pass important information.

U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Shane Coss, Ghazni PRT information operations officer and Cass Lake, Minn., resident, spoke with individuals while passing out calling cards for the Guardians of Peace program.

“This program allows them to take ownership of security,” said Coss. “By using the hot line on the card to report suspicious activity, it helps them improve their situation.”

With a high illiteracy rate in the village, another way of passing important information is through the radio.

“Villagers will be able to hear official programs from both the U.S. and Afghan governments,” said Coss. “The use of the radio gets the information out to the people and gives them a chance to hear what the government has to offer.”

More than 10 radios were given to the elders during this visit.GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Shane Coss, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team information officer, hands out calling cards for the Guardian of Peace program to children during a village assessment in Touheed Abad Village in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. Visiting the wells was not the only mission, mingling with the locals is a great way to build relationships within the community and pass important information. Coss also gave out radios to village elders. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Task Force White Eagle Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A local man walks the empty, snowy streets of Touheed Abad Village in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. Power lines are draped all over the village but many villagers still do not have electricity. While electricity is a concern among the residents, fixing water issues is their main priority. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Task Force White Eagle Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. Ghazni PRT members stay busy visiting districts throughout the province, but still take time to build relationships and assess local villages, such as Touheed Abad, that surround their base. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt, Task Force White Eagle Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team)

 

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