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

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Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

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ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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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

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Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Elements of Soul jazz band perform at the Black History Month observance held on Bagram Airfield, Feb. 27, while service members and civilians dance and sing to the music. The Enduring Faith Chapel Choir, the Enduring Faith Mime Team and guest speakers also joined the band on stage, to help those in attendance learn about and celebrate African American history. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Service members and civilians attended a Black History Month observance held by the 101st Airborne Division, Combined Joint Task Force 101, Equal Opportunity Commission, on Bagram Airfield Feb. 27.

The event was held to teach attendees about the accomplishments and personal courage of African Americans during the Civil War, which was this year’s theme, and celebrate how their sacrifices have influenced African Americans in the military today.

“Events like this are so critical because it helps us remember the people that paved the way for folks like me,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert Dummer, 359th Theater Signal Brigade judge advocate and key note speaker for the event. “During the Civil War I couldn’t have been a commissioned officer. I am personally thankful for the sacrifices that those people made, so I could have the opportunities that I have today.”

Musical acts, including the Elements of Soul jazz band and the Enduring Faith Chapel choir, brought people to their feet dancing and clapping along with the music. The Enduring Faith Chapel Mime Team preformed a piece to cap off the nights entertainment.

Drummer taught those in attendance about figures and battles during the war that may not have received much press but whose impact is still felt today. Soldiers and Airmen also read descriptions of key figures in African American history during the Civil War and asked the crowd, “Who Am I?”.

“I was born a slave in 1839, in a slave cabin behind my master's house in Beaufort, South Carolina,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Harold Dudley, from Des Moines, Iowa, with the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.  “As the American Civil War raged, I led a plot that stowed my family and several other slaves aboard the vessel. I and the other slaves were freed. After the war, I was granted a small fortune by Congress for my heroics, and purchased my former owner's home, where I opened a general store.”

In that instant, the audience learned about Robert Smalls who eventually joined the Union Navy and served as a ship pilot.

This event is one of many that the EO commission has planned for the year. The next event, in March, will focus on women’s history. PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. BeNita Turner (left), from Statesville, N.C., with the 275th Dental Company, Task Force 62 Medical Brigade and U.S. Army Pvt. Ebony Mcfadden, from Charleston, S.C., with the 277th Aviation Support Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Mountain Eagle, a part of the 101st Airborne Division, Combined Joint Task Force 101, both members of the Enduring Faith Mime Team, perform at the Black History Month observance held on Bagram Airfield Feb. 27. The Enduring Faith Chapel Choir, the Elements of Soul jazz band and guest speakers also joined the team on stage, to help the audience learn and celebrate African American history. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)


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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.