Day Workers and Good Neighbors

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Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles P. Espie Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs Sunday, 06 June 2010 13:35

 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lisa E. Bryant, the communications non-commissioned officer in charge of the Joint Network Operations Control Center-Afghanistan, hands a care package to one of the Bagram Airfield day workers May 30. Bryant, a Meridan, Miss., resident, is part of the Task Force Wolverine effort to sustain and improve the relationship with communities surrounding Bagram Airfield. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles P. Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Local Afghans who come to Bagram Airfield to find day work here were presented quality-of-life packages by BAF servicemembers May 30.

The quality-of-life packages were distributed to the workers who did not receive work that day.

 

“Many of these guys show up daily and can’t get work for a variety of reasons,” said 1st Lt. Joseph T. Scalzo, a civil affairs officer with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “By providing them items to help improve their quality of life, they are more likely to be supportive of the Coalition Forces mission to help Afghans.”
 

 

“The attack on May 19th was not only defeated quickly, but was done so with the full focus on ensuring no harm came to the Afghan people who live around the BAF perimeter.  Additionally, we are extremely grateful for the support from the local villagers who helped point out locations where insurgents were hiding,” said U.S. Army Col. William F. Roy, commander of Task Force Wolverine, which is responsible for the security of BAF. “TF Wolverine is very committed to being a good neighbor to the local villages. Since our arrival we have been meeting with the village elders in order to help improve the daily lives of our Afghan neighbors and working with the Afghan National Police to protect them from these insurgent attacks.”

The Afghan day workers are often employed to do construction or other trade work. Doing this work teaches them skills they can use in the future to secure employment, said Scalzo, an Oceanport, N.J., resident. “With learned skills to acquire jobs, Afghans are less likely to become involved with criminal or Taliban elements.”

 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Air Force Master Sgt. Joe E. Tysinger, a civil engineer with the 577th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Base Engineer Emergency Force, hands a care package to one of the Bagram Airfield day workers May 30. Tysinger, an Anderson, S.C. resident, is part of the Task Force Wolverine effort to sustain and improve the relationship with communities surrounding Bagram Airfield. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles P. Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs) BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Samuel Joao, a civilian contractor who works as a dog handler here, hands a care package to one of the Bagram Airfield day workers, May 30. Joao, a Mozambique resident, is part of the Task Force Wolverine effort to sustain and improve the relationship with communities surrounding Bagram Airfield. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles P. Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)
 

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 June 2010 14:05