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

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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

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

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Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Anthony S. Goble, supply officer, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, calls upon his experience as a former enlisted medic to direct litter teams during a mass casualty Nov. 12. For 13 years Goble served as a medic and later as a senior drill sergeant training future medics before earning a commission in 2008. He recently ran into a former trainee while deployed. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Anthony S. Goble is relatively new to his life as an Army commissioned officer, but was reminded of his days as an enlisted Soldier when he ran into U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Johnson.

Goble, a Gadsden, Ala. Native, calls himself a young lieutenant but maintains that he is an old soldier, due to the 13 years he spent of his 15-year military career as an enlisted medic and drill sergeant where he trained medics coming into the service “on the trail”, a term used by Soldiers in reference to their time as a drill sergeant.

While on the trail, Goble, who is currently serving as the supply officer for the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, said he trained thousands of medics.  

“Of the 4,000 medics I trained, I have run into four while on active duty,” he said.

One is Johnson, now a medic assigned to Alpha Company of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, the unit which serves as the security force for the Kunar PRT.  

Johnson, a Worcester, Mass., native, who is a fire fighter with the Worcester Fire Department in his civilian life, first met Goble in 2005 when he was the senior drill sergeant for Foxtrot Company, 232nd Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

Six years later, while Goble was reviewing the roster of incoming SECFOR soldiers in preparation for the PRT’s pre-deployment training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., he stopped at a familiar name and went to seek out his former trainee.

Johnson did not recognize Goble at first when his former drill sergeant introduced himself.  “He approached me and was smiling as he shook my hand,” Johnson said.  “The name was familiar but the rank was throwing me off; he was a staff sergeant when I knew him.”

“I said, ‘Patrick Johnson, Foxtrot Falcon [the name of his training company] right?’ as I shook his hand,” Goble said.  “He was shocked to see that I was an officer.”

“I called my mom later that night,” Johnson said, “because it was such a trip seeing him like that.”  

Johnson recalled his former drill sergeant as always fair and well-respected.  

“You never knew what he was thinking,” Johnson said. “It’s absurd comparing how laid back he is now to how intense he was then.  He was unmistakably a drill sergeant.”

While Goble’s role changed since his transition to the officer ranks, he said he is still an old medic at heart.

“Part of me always remembers him in a medical sense,” Johnson said.  “He still mentors me today during MASCALS [mass casualties] and I still go to him for guidance and advice.”

Goble, for his part, is more than comfortable with his former trainee operating on his own.

“If, God forbid, I was lying hurt, bleeding on the side of the road somewhere, I would want to look up and see Doc Johnson coming to help me,” Goble said, perhaps the highest compliment one medic can give another.  “He is really showing the standard of excellence he learned as a Foxtrot Falcon, and I am proud to serve with him.”KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Johnson, medic, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, works quickly to assess the injuries of a U.S. service member wounded in action Oct. 29. In his hometown of Worcester, Mass., Johnson, a Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, recently ran into his former drill instructor while deployed. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)


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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force White Eagle Texas Agribusiness Development Team IV attended a ground breaking ceremony hosted by Ghazni Deputy sub-Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi at the Ghazni Governor’s compound April 27.

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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.