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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

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  • Deployed Airmen enjoy gift of pride

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    2007_12_25_gift.jpgBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Thousands of miles away from home, Airmen in Afghanistan still found ways to celebrate the holiday season, all while providing continuous airpower and combat support for U.S. and Coalition forces throughout the country. 
     While family and friends back home marked the holiday season with gifts and celebrations, deployed Airmen in Afghanistan fueled, loaded, maintained and flew aircraft, while others carried out critical expeditionary combat support and reconstruction missions.
     That hard work was punctuated by time for brief holiday celebrations, special meals and church services. But the commitment of Airmen to the mission did not go unnoticed, as senior leaders took time to visit and personally thank them for their service.
     “Thanks for keeping them flying,” said Army Gen. Dan McNeill, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance 2007_12_25_gift1.jpgForce, during a surprise Christmas Eve visit to F-15E Strike Eagle and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircrew and maintenance Airmen here.  “You continue to put steel in the air so we can put steel on the ground and protect our Soldiers outside the wire.”
     Support for Airmen was also voiced by Air Force Maj. Gen. Maury Forsyth, the Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces, during visits to Airmen deployed across Afghanistan, Dec. 24 and 25.  “Remember this Christmas with pride in the work that you do,” he said. “Your job is to get the mission done – and it is important.  If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be here.”
     Despite the demands of challenging missions, many Airmen found their thoughts inevitably returning to loved ones back home.  However, the sadness at being apart was tempered by pride in service.
     “It’s a little bit depressing being away from home during the holidays,” said 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airman 1st Class Matthew Darrah of Strongsville, Ohio.  “But my family thanks me and they are proud of what I am doing.  It’s a good feeling to serve.”  
    2007_12_25_gift2.jpg Staff Sgt. Charles Knotts, a Garrett County, Md., native assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron here, shared that sentiment. “What motivates me is that what I am doing is keeping my family safe back home,” he said.
     Knotts’ viewpoint was shared by many other Airmen, who, even with the affirmations from visiting senior leaders, said that the best “gifts” of the holiday season came from within. 
     “It makes me feel proud to serve my country.  I miss my family but I know they are all proud of us serving here,” said Brighton Beach, Mich., native Airman 1st Class Anthony DeValentin, 336th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit.
    By Capt. Michael Meridith
    455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Thousands of miles away from home, Airmen in Afghanistan still found ways to celebrate the holiday season, all while providing continuous airpower and combat support for U.S. and Coalition forces throughout the country. 
     While family and friends back home marked the holiday season with gifts and celebrations, deployed Airmen in Afghanistan fueled, loaded, maintained and flew aircraft, while others carried out critical expeditionary combat support and reconstruction missions.
     That hard work was punctuated by time for brief holiday celebrations, special meals and church services. But the commitment of Airmen to the mission did not go unnoticed, as senior leaders took time to visit and personally thank them for their service.
     “Thanks for keeping them flying,” said Army Gen. Dan McNeill, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, during a surprise Christmas Eve v2007_12_25_gift4.jpgisit to F-15E Strike Eagle and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircrew and maintenance Airmen here.  “You continue to put steel in the air so we can put steel on the ground and protect our Soldiers outside the wire.”
     Support for Airmen was also voiced by Air Force Maj. Gen. Maury Forsyth, the Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces, during visits to Airmen deployed across Afghanistan, Dec. 24 and 25.  “Remember this Christmas with pride in the work that you do,” he said. “Your job is to get the mission done – and it is important.  If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be here.”
     Despite the demands of challenging missions, many Airmen found their thoughts inevitably returning to loved ones back home.  However, the sadness at being apart was tempered by pride in service.
     “It’s a little bit depressing being away from home during the holidays,” said 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airman 1st Class Matthew Darrah of Strongsville, Ohio.  “But my family thanks me and they are proud of what I am doing.  It’s a good feeling to serve.” 
     Staff Sgt. Charles Knotts, a Garrett County, Md., native assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron here, shared that sentiment. “What motivates me is that what I am doing is keeping my family safe back home,” he said.
     Knotts’ viewpoint was shared by many other Airmen, who, even with the affirmations from visiting senior leaders, said that the best “gifts” of the holiday season came from within. 
     “It makes me feel proud to serve my country.  I miss my family but I know they are all proud of us serving here,” said Brighton Beach, Mich., native Airman 1st Class Anthony DeValentin, 336th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

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  • Three suspected militants detained in Nangarhar

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    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan and Coalition forces conducted an operation Tuesday to detain Taliban extremists in Nangarhar Province.
    The combined Afghan and Coalition force searched compounds in Chaparhar district targeting Taliban facilitators believed to be operating in the area. 
    The combined force detained three individuals suspected of having links to Taliban networks during the course of operations.
    “Taliban extremist networks face mounting pressure due to the successful operations conducted by Afghan and Coalition forces,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force 82 spokesman. “That pressure will only intensify as Afghan and Coalition forces continue to carry out their mission to make Afghanistan a safe, secure and stable environment for the Afghan people.”

 


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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.”

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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. 

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