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)
This tree reforestation initiative had multiple implementing partners from coalition forces and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Working alongside the Sultan Hussein, Ghazni Director of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, Texas Army National Guard Ghazni Agribusiness Development Team-IV facilitated the purchase of the trees from local nurseries. Hussein took the lead in the distribution to 14 districts in the province working through the district subgovernors and agriculture extension agents.
In Qarabagh District 2,000 trees were purchased and included red plums, green plums and apricot. Many of these trees were planted in the district center and bazaar, while others were given to local farmers to plant at their homes.
“Sultan Hussein’s participation in this tree planting initiative not only increased plant life in the province, but it increased life in the agriculture sector, as well,” said U.S. Army Maj. Robert Mullen, Texas ADT-IV project manager from San Antonio.
In coordination with the civil affairs team with Task Force Ramrod in Andar District, Texas ADT-IV, and the Ghazni DAIL, 650 apple trees, 650 apricot trees and 200 almond trees were purchased and planted at Chardewal Farms March 28.
Chardewhal Farms was once a profitable farm that produced high-quality apples, apricots and almonds. Due to a non-functioning well, the farm has been without water for four years. TF Ramrod facilitated the construction of a new well which will enable the farm to be functional once again.
“The orchard at Chardewahl represents what’s left of the huge government farm that spread over much of Andar and Giro districts in Ghazni Province,” said U.S. Army Maj. Michael J. Tucker of San Diego, TF Ramrod civil affairs. “The 60 government employees who work at the orchard lacked motivation and rarely worked, but the tree planting and the well that was drilled to support the trees have brought new life to the employees. They worked very hard to plant the trees and it has renewed their purpose.”
Not only did the employees plant the trees, they extended their work by cleaning out irrigation ditches far away from the farm.
“While eating a celebratory meal with the irrigation chief, we designed a plan to repair over 22 kilometers of a canal that supplies water to thousands of wheat farmers,” Tucker said. “The trees planted in Andar will provide a source of revenue for the irrigation department, but will also provide a source of inspiration that new life is coming to the area. Every irrigation employee is thrilled about the project, and it has drawn a lot of interest for the Andar residents looking for signs that their government can take care of them.”
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