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)
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.
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