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

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Brent A. Kemp from Wylie, Texas, Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV, accepts his Polish Army Rifle Marksmanship Gold Badge from Task Force White Eagle Battle Group Alpha Polish Army Lt. Col. Jaroslaw Gorowski Feb. 19. Twenty-three U.S. Army Soldiers were given the opportunity to qualify on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle at Forward Operating Base Ghazni Feb 6. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Leonardo Ruiz)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In a successful exercise to promote camaraderie and esprit de corps between the Polish and U.S. forces on Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Task Force White Eagle’s Polish Battle Group A invited Soldiers from Texas Army National Guard Ghazni Agribusiness Development Team-IV to spend the morning qualifying on Polish rifles Feb. 6.

Twenty-three U.S. Army ADT-IV Soldiers braved the cold and snowy conditions and were instructed in weapons familiarization before lining up at the test fire range located on the FOB. The Soldiers fired and qualified with the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle.

“This was most likely the first time U.S. Soldiers had an opportunity to shoot from our rifles,” said Polish Battle Group A Lt. Jakub Węcławowicz. “They had a lot of fun which was the main goal of this competition - to enjoy it.”

The Soldiers who qualified were presented with their official certificates and rifle badges during a ceremony Feb. 19. Polish Army Lt. Col. Jaroslaw Gorowski presented the badges. Eight Soldiers received the bronze badge, 11 Soldiers received the silver badge, and four Soldiers received the most-coveted gold badge.

U.S. Army Capt. Brent A. Kemp from Wylie, Texas was one of the four Soldiers who received the gold badge. “This was a truly outstanding event that allowed us to do something we ordinarily wouldn’t have had the chance to do” he said. “We work alongside our Polish Army counterparts on missions, so it was a nice break to go out during some very rare down time to fire their rifles and qualify within their standards on their course.”

To reciprocate, Ghazni ADT-IV is planning a similar opportunity for the Polish soldiers to qualify on the M4 rifle in the spring.
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers from the Texas Army National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV qualify on Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifles despite the snowy conditions at Forward Operating Base Ghazni Feb. 6. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Leonardo Ruiz) GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 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. 6. Polish Battle Group A, Task Force White Eagle, organized the event to build camaraderie between the Polish and U.S. forces at Forward Operating Base Ghazni. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Leonardo Ruiz)


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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force White Eagle Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV attended a ground breaking ceremony hosted by Ghazni Deputy sub-Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi at the Ghazni Governor’s compound April 27.

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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.