50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

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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

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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 – Eighty men from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir Provinces, Afghanistan, attend a ceremony to mark the beginning of their training at the Korean Vocational Training Center on Bagram Airfield March 7. They are the second group to attend the school. The first class had 85 members, 80 of which are currently working on Bagram or in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Eighty Afghan men from Kapisa, Parwan and Panjshir Provinces began the second class at the Korean Vocational Training Center on Bagram Airfield March 7.

The center is funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency and run in partnership with the Republic of Korea Provincial Reconstruction Team. The center teaches Afghan citizens skills needed for jobs in technical vocational fields. The courses offered at the school include automotive maintenance, construction, electricity, welding and computer. All classes include basic English langue instruction.  

“I hope to learn something here, and after that, I will help the people of Afghanistan and my family,” said Arab Jan a student in the computer class at the KVTC. “We passed our exam. Now I want to finish at the school and go get a job.”

The KVTC staff also helps graduates find jobs. All 85 students from the first class found employment; 80 are working on Bagram Airfield or in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the other five are instructors with the school.
 
To study at the center, students must pass an entrance exam to show they have the basic skills and knowledge needed to attend the courses.

“I challenge each of you to stand up and be worthy of the opportunity you have been given,” said U.S. Army Col. Benjamin J. Corell, a Strawberry Point, Iowa, native, and commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, and a guest speaker at the event. “While many would like to have the opportunity to study and learn a trade here, only a few have been chosen. You…have been given a great opportunity to better yourselves, your families and your country. What you do with this opportunity is up to you.”

The KVTC’s mission is to provide the training and experience Afghans need to rebuild their infrastructure, support their families and thereby help the people of Afghanistan to improve their future.

“Dear students, you are the future of Afghanistan,” said Abdul Baseer Salangi, Parwan Province governor. “Korea and America started out as struggling countries just like Afghanistan, and now they are helping us and our future. These countries are developed now because of their education -- this is the education that you are going to get here. If we try our best then we can develop our country.”

Corell said Afghanistan can prosper through programs the KVTC offers.

“What happens here is vitally important to the future of Afghanistan,” said Corell. “To truly rebuild this country takes programs and institutions like this, and who better to know and understand this, than the Korean people who themselves had to rebuild their country after a debilitating and destructive conflict. This is how you rebuild a country – one person at a time.”

There are many lessons the Koreans can share with the new students including one that Salangi used in his speech.

“To come into this world poor is not our fault, but to go from it poor is our fault,” quoted Salangi from a Korean scholar.

 


PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Lallaga Akberry the representative of the students at the Korean Vocational Training Center on Bagram Airfield, recites the Words of Honor during a ceremony to mark the beginning of the second training class to go through the center March 7. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Abdul Baseer Salangi, governor of Parwan, speaks to 80 men from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir Provinces, Afghanistan, during a ceremony to mark the beginning of their training at the Korean Vocational Training Center on Bagram Airfield March 7. They are the second group to attend the center. The first class had 85 members, 80 of which are currently working on Bagram or in Kabul, Afghanistan. (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.

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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.

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