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KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Sierco, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team commander (center) from Bowie, Md., and U.S. Air Force Capt. Seth Platt Kapisa PRT lead engineer (right) from Pomfret, Conn., listen to a speech during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Kohi Girl’s School in Afghanya valley, Afghanistan, March, 28. The girl’s school was built to accommodate more than 400 female students. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Kapisa Ministry of Education officials, the Gulab Kapisa Construction Company and members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team co-hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Kohi Girls’ School in Afghanya, Afghanistan, March 28 to celebrate the completion of the school.

“Education is an essential part of our community and the government’s effort in building a better Afghanistan,” said Haji Mohammad Hashem, Nijrab District education line minister, through an interpreter. “The ability for any nation to progress depends heavily on its schools and educational system.


“That’s why it’s our responsibility, as the elders of Kapisa, to build a strong educational foundation for future generations to follow, enabling them to improve development and public safety for the people of Afghanistan,” said Hashem.

The construction of Kohi Girls’ School began in 2009. The facility has 16 classrooms, cost roughly $250,000 to build, and includes a traditional Afghan restroom, guard room, water reservoir and boundary wall. It was built to accommodate more than 400 students.

“This is a perfect example of how the people of Afghanistan and the coalition forces have worked together, shohna ba shohna (Dari translation for ‘shoulder by shoulder’), to complete a project that will benefit your children and your village," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Sierco, Kapisa PRT commander from Bowie, Md., during the ceremony. "The PRT and Task Force La Fayette are very pleased with the construction of the school, and look forward to many of your children receiving a quality education within its walls.”

The Kapisa PRT assists the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in providing a secure, stable environment for reconstruction efforts by increasing government officials’ capabilities and capacities. The Kohi Girls’ School project is an example of the development projects the PRT is using to connect the government to the people and to improve quality of life in the province.KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Sierco, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team commander (far right) from Bowie, Md., and U.S. Air Force Capt. Seth Platt, Kapisa PRT lead engineer (left) from Pomfret, Conn., participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony with school and Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials at Kohi Girl’s School Afghanya valley, Afghanistan, March 28. The girl’s school was built to accommodate more than 400 female students from the Afghanya valley. The mission of Kapisa PRT is to help facilitate the local and national governments of Afghanistan working together to help provide for the development and security needs of the Afghan people. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team 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.