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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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