Building Bak one shura at a time

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Mark Fetterman, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team engineer from Plymouth, Mass., stands on a hilly outcropping in Bak district during a foot (click for more)

ANA enforces weapon registration law

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers from 1st Coy, 3rd Kandak play with village children during a patrol through Sar Mast Kheyl, Zormat District Jan. 16. (click for more)

Afghan forces, ISAF help improve security in Bak

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An MRAP remains idle as construction efforts surround Combat Outpost Bak and the nearby district center. ISAF, ANP and ANA members work together daily (click for more)

Task Force Leader Soldiers patrol Zambar

KHOWST PROVINCE – U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Oszczakiewicz, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, from Trenton, N.J., scans for insurgents as 2nd Plt. receives (click for more)

US, Polish forces build relationships in Ghazni

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Polish Battle Group A and Texas Army National Guard Ghazni ADT-IV conduct a village assessment of Pir Shabaz, a small village near Ghazni City, (click for more)

New recruits join Afghan army

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Operations Sgt. Maj. Akhtar Muhammad takes questions from new recruits during Basic Warrior Training at Forward Operating Base Thunder Jan. 22. (click for more)

ANA, Red Bulls find IED

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Michael Scarsbrook, an infantryman with Task Force Ironman, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, looks down on a spot in Tupac Jan. 21, (click for more)

ANSF, TF Thunder aim to increase GIRoA influence in Pul-e Alam

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Tyrik L. Holmes, assigned to 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Thunder, (click for more)

Sayed Karam market walk, step in right direction

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Davis, from Moore, Okla., the platoon sergeant of the 2-45th ADT’s security force, leads the rear security element (click for more)

Iowa Soldiers discuss ‘average’ days in Afghanistan

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Corey Vanotegham, an infantry radio telephone operator from Victor, Iowa, with TF Ironman, smiles as he stands beside a Holstein cow (click for more)

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan students attend a class at the vocational training school in Gardez Feb. 13. The courses, ranging from three months to one year, include carpentry, plumbing, tailoring, vehicle maintenance and computer administration. One-hundred seven students, including men and women of all ages, from the local area and surrounding districts are currently enrolled at the vocational training school. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktya Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghans are working toward building themselves a better future by becoming a skilled labor force in the province.



One-hundred seven students, men and women, young and old, from the local area are currently enrolled at the vocational training school in Gardez. 

The courses, ranging from three months to one year, include carpentry, plumbing, tailoring, vehicle maintenance and computer administration.

After graduation, teachers help the students find jobs by placing them in paid internships.

“We have a lot of students who now work in shops fixing computers, cell phones or work as mechanics at the bazaar,” said Abdul Samad Musleh, Paktya director of labor and social affairs.

Musleh said employing the people will steer them away from the insurgency.

“When they have a job, they will be supporting their families, not fighting against the government or coalition forces,” he said.

Musleh is looking to develop the program further, and the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team has vowed to help. 

“We will provide support for expanding vocational training throughout the province,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Marchal Magee, PRT Paktya commander from Issaquah, Wash., adding that he wants to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to implement a solar power maintenance course for the burgeoning energy business in Paktya.

Rahmatullah, a plumbing student there, plans to use his education to educate others.

“When I graduate from this class, I will go out and become a teacher,” Rahmatullah said.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Carpentry students attend a vocational training course in Gardez Feb 13. The Directorate of Labor and Social Affairs manages the vocational school that conducts the classes. More than 100 students are currently enrolled in the vocational training school in Gardez. Classes there include carpentry, plumbing, tailoring, vehicle maintenance and computer administration. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktya Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Future mechanics take a vehicle maintenance class at the vocational training school in Gardez Feb. 13. After graduation, teachers help the students find jobs by placing them in paid internships. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktya Public Affairs)

 

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