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

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

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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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PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, race toward the finish line during a 4K run in support of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, May 29. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Coalition forces celebrated Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a 4K run and luau at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, May 29.



“Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month means embracing our cultures and sharing traditions, way of life and food with everyone,” said Frances Sanchez, a University of Maryland representative from the FOB Sharana Education Center, who is of Korean and Guamanian descent. “It allows us to embrace our short and long histories, and celebrate the rich cultures we bring to our American culture.”

The event kicked off with a 4K-run/2K walk with more than 20 participants, and the fastest runner finishing the 4K run in just under 10 minutes. The festivities moved to a multi-purpose building decorated in a Hawaiian and Pacific Islander luau theme.

More than 150 people attended the event and sampled more than 15 traditional dishes, such as Korean marinated beef, Asian stir-fry, fried rice, and cucumber kimchi, all prepared by volunteers.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Damien Simmons, 4th Bridge Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, Equal Opportunity representative, gave a short presentation noting key Asian Pacific figures in American history.

“This event was a great opportunity for all nationalities to get together and celebrate our diversity,” said Simmons. “Accepting and embracing our diversity in our American cultures is crucial to continuing to build that kind of strength within our Armed Forces.”

Following the presentation, Guamanian-American U.S. Army Spc. Geraline Duenas, the training room noncommissioned officer–in-charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Div., TF Currahee, performed a traditional dance from Guam; and attendees of all heritages then competed in limbo competitions.

“We had a great turn out,” said Sanchez. “We had not only people of Asian Pacific heritage, but people of all different races and heritages attended this event.”

“Education is the key to diversity,” said Simmons. “We can’t move forward into the future until we know our past, and our heritage is our past.”PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, compete in a limbo competition during a special event celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, May 29. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A volunteer for a special event celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, serves traditional Korean marinated beef to a U.S. Army Soldier who joined the festivities, May 29. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs) PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Guamanian-American, U.S. Army Spc. Geraline Duenas, the training room non-commissioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, performs a traditional dance from Guam during a special event celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, May, 29. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

 

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