Afghan soldiers rescue villagers from flash flood

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Grateful Afghan villagers are rescued from flash floods by Afghan National Army Soldiers July 28. The ANA Soldiers rescued over 200 villagers from flash flooding Read more

330th MPC build rapport

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A young boy sits on a table at a convenience store while members of the 330th Military Police Company, Police Combined Action Team, buy juice and Read more

ANP Search for illegal weapons

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Policemen and members of the 330th Military Police Company, Police Combined Action Team, search a goat herder’s house for illegal weapons and evidence of Read more

Patrols help keep peace in Pech Valley area

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Children from Kandigal village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province follow U.S. Army Pfc. Richard J. Sandoval of Fresno, Calif., radio operator for 3rd Platoon, Company B, Read more

Convoy fights off insurgent ambush

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron R. Will of Tampa, Fla., a gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, reloads his Read more

Mississippi’s bomb hunters: Army National Guardsmen fight roadside bombs

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers of 1st Plt., 287th Engineer Co. pray before leaving on a route clearance mission in southeastern Afghanistan July 18. Since their arrival in theater in Read more
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  • Paktika PRT implements digital firing systems

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    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan—A Crew Remotely Operated Weapon Station sits atop a mine-resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicle prior to a mission at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan Aug. 7. The CROWS system, recently obtained by the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, replaces the human gunner on top of the vehicle with a highly-technical camera and detection system mounted on the turret. Instead of having the gunner stand with his body partially exposed to possible enemy activity, the CROWS system allows the gunner to sit in a regular seat inside the armor-protected cab and fire the weapon using cameras, a video screen and a joystick. The new system makes it safer for the gunner to operate the weapon system and also provides greater accuracy and efficiency when scanning and engaging targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan— Members of the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team recently completed test-fires and final training on their newest tool to help ensure safety outside the wire.

    Select members of the security forces element of the PRT successfully test-fired their new Crew Remotely Operated Weapon Station August 6, reaching the capstone of their 60-hour training requirement.

    This is the first time members of the team have fielded the system.

    On the hillside several hundred meters away, small plastic bottles filled with water served as targets, virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain by the naked eye.

    With pinpoint accuracy, the targets were eliminated in rapid succession by the gunners to the great delight of those on the convoy.

    Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 00:37
  • Bagram hosts governors’ conference

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    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Mr. Barna Karimi, Deputy for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, and Dr. Habiba Sarabi who is the governor of Bamyan and only female governor in the country, sit with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, the Regional Command-East commander, during a governors’ conference here Aug. 8. The conference was held to discuss mitigation issues and security for the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes, Regional Command-East Public Affairs)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A governors’ conference was held here Aug. 8 to discuss the course of action for the Sept. 18 elections of Regional Command-East provincial governors.

    “We are in a very critical time for Afghanistan,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, RC-East commander. “The next six to nine months will be a crucial time for Afghanistan, and its progress toward a better future.”


    One of the main areas of focus involved the peace and reintegration program, which, supported by a bill Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed in June, is designed to

    Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 00:21

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Afghan citizen reports munitions cache

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Coalition forces recovered a large munitions cache in the Bagram district here Aug. 10. 

Responding to an Afghan citizen who uncovered the cache while digging, a coalition forces explosive ordnance disposal team secured the site, detonated munitions that could not be safely removed, and transported the remaining munitions to Bagram Airfield for disposal.

Taliban attack mosque on first day of Ramadan

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (August 11, 2010) – At approximately 8 a.m., Taliban fighters fired four rocket-propelled grenades at a mosque near Asadabad. One of the RPGs directly hit the mosque, breaking windows and cutting down a tree. No personnel were injured.

Panjshir government aiding citizens affected by floods

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Panjshir government with assistance from the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team is aiding citizens affected by flooding that started Aug. 4 in the Abdullah Khel Valley.

Heavy rainfall in the Abdullah Khel Valley led to flooding and severe erosion of the river bank. Some roads are impassable and some farm land flooded along the river. 

“Some of these roads get washed away several times a year, and the villagers rebuild them,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip Baker, Panjshir PRT civil engineer and San Antonio native. “My job is to evaluate the historical trends and educate the people on ways to make their infrastructure more sustainable.”

Parwan citizens report IED, UXO sites

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police responded to the call of concerned citizens in Charikar and discover one improvised explosive device and three unexploded ordinance sites July 28. 

UXO is a major problem in Afghanistan due to the years of war with the former Soviet Union, however, ANP explosive ordinance disposal teams are trained to safely recover and dispose of the dangerous devices.