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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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Arnold (right) of Mesa, Ariz., pricks the finger of U.S. Army Spc. Sean Ramos (center) of Bedford, Texas, during a blood-type screening at Forward Operating Base Lightning Feb. 9. Arnold is assisted by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tiffany Romano of Texarkana, Texas. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Volunteers recently gathered at Forward Operating Base Lightning to participate in a walk-in blood donor program Feb. 9.

“Giving blood is the right thing to do,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Bonzo, of Salt Lake City.

Medical staff screened donors to determine blood type and acceptability as whole-blood donors. They also use this information to create a database of donors. In an emergency, volunteers will be called to the Troop Medical Clinic to give whole blood to the wounded.

“In a mass casualty situation, we will activate the walking blood bank,” said U.S. Army Maj. Michael Stany, Task Force Gladiator battalion surgeon from Bethesda, Md.

The walking blood bank was initiated at FOB Lighting by Stany, who first learned of the program while attending the Tactical Combat Medical Care Course at San Antonio.

“We are a long way from the Red Cross,” said Stany. “In the States, we give packed red blood cells that have been stripped of their antibodies, but out here we have to give whole blood.”

Unlike packed red blood cells, whole blood recipients must be specifically matched to their donors.

After donor and recipient are matched, the blood goes directly from the bag to the injured, said Stany.

Medics from across FOB Lightning gathered at the TMC to screen donors and to be screened as donors themselves.

“We’ve trained on this before, but this is our first time executing,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Neuzil of Iowa City, Iowa.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Arnold of Mesa, Ariz., pricks the finger of U.S. Army Spc. Sean Ramos of Bedford, Texas, during a blood type screening at Forward Operating Base Lightning Feb. 9. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Michael Stany (left), Task Force Gladiator battalion surgeon from Bethesda, Md., determines the blood type of U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth Stewart (center) from Yakima, Wash., during a blood drive at Forward Operating Base Lightning Feb. 9. Stany was assisted by U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Schnackel of Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)


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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.

ANSF, TF Bastogne continue operations in Kunar


KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.