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

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)

Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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)

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

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)

ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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)

Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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)

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

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)

Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Bart Lomont, the marketing officer for the 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team from New Haven, Ind., and U.S. Army Maj. Shane Robbins, the ADT’s education officer from Hartford City, Ind., briefs U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the many benefits of using solar dehydrators as a counterinsurgency tool on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 19. Mullin made a brief stop at the FOB in Eastern Afghanistan to hold a luncheon with a group of Soldiers and visit the 3-19th ADT’s farm. (Photo by U.S. Army Cpt. Randy Cuyler, 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team)KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Salerno, April 19.

Over lunch, Mullen held a question and answer session with Soldiers based on the FOB, and then visited the farm maintained by the Indiana National Guard’s 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team.

Mullen entertained several topics posed by Soldiers during the session, including the growing presence of contractors on U.S. FOBs downrange and the possibility of sending ground troops in to assist the Libyan rebels.

Mullen said the use of contractors in non-combat related maintenance and other positions was necessary due to the large-scale operation, and to ensure U.S. Soldiers can remain focused on their counter-insurgency mission.

Regarding Libya, Mullen said he agrees with the President’s decision to not send ground troops.

“I fully support the President’s decision,” he said. “It would be viewed very poorly in the public eye if the U.S. were engaged in an armed conflict with a third Muslim nation within a decade.

After the luncheon, Mullen visited the 3-19th ADT’s headquarters.

The team’s composition, concerning their civilian occupations and areas of expertise, was a topic of discussion with Mullen.

U.S. Army Col. Walt Colbert, the 3-19th ADT commander from Indianapolis, informed Mullen that a significant transformation took place in the three years that Indiana ADT’s worked within the Khowst Province.

“When Indiana’s first team came in during 2009, U.S. Soldiers were delivering actual training to the farmers of Afghanistan. Two and a half years later, with many strong relationships and partnerships in place, agricultural extension agents native to Khowst Province are now capable of conducting their own training seminars,” said Colbert.

While touring the ADT’s farm, Mullen took special interest in their solar dehydrator – an inexpensive device made to dry fruit, some of which are being distributed across the province – as well as a test plot of winter wheat, which was planted using more western practices than are normally seen in this region.

Mullen addressed the ways the ADT is developing new and better ways to help the local villagers help themselves.

“The countless lessons learned over the course of three consecutive ADTs are an excellent example of the continuity that allows the ADT to evolve along with the needs of the Afghans,” said Mullen.KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Bart Lomont, the marketing officer for the 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team from New Haven, Ind., uses an uprooted sample of winter wheat from the ADT’s research farm to explain the many challenges faced by Khowst Province farmers to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With the assistance of the 3-19th ADT, Afghan agricultural extension agents are currently conducting composting training in villages across the Khowst Province to improve organic material content and overall soil quality. (Photo by U.S. Army Cpt. Randy Cuyler, 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team)KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, entertains questions from Soldiers of Task Force Duke at a luncheon on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 19. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Bryan Thian, TF Centaur Public Affairs)


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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.

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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.

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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.