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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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