2-45th ADT makes first mission to eastern Paktya

Sgt. 1st Class Billy Payne (left) from Aubrey, Texas, project manager for the 2-45th ADT, writes down information regarding a watershed project here during a site survey Oct. 30 with (click for more)

TF Wolverine Soldiers discuss winter projects in Waras

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Paktika PRT helps farmers grow crops year-round

Local farmers work together to construct a greenhouse during agriculture training at the Bermel District Center Oct. 28. Farmers from 10 districts in Paktika Province received training on greenhouse construction (click for more)

Soldiers on hunt for hidden enemy

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Delta Co. helps Charikar school

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Christina Churchill, first sergeant for Company D, 186th BSB, 86th IBCT and a Sheldon, Vt., resident, passes hand crank radios to a worker at the Jolala (click for more)

New literacy program educates Afghan children

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ROK PRT honors fallen Korean War heroes

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Czech PRT builds, repairs schools in Logar Province

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A new school building in Darwish, Pol-e Alam District, was recently completed by the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team. (click for more)

TF Iron improves new home

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Dining facilities at FOB Andar provide an indoor eating area for Soldiers to enjoy their meals and each other’s company. (click for more)

Bagram District KLE sets transition from TF Wolverine

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KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan contractors cut down trees on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, June 29, preparing for FOB expansion. Nearly 17 acres of trees have been cut down and the wood is being handed over to the Khost Chief of Agriculture to auction it off to the people at a much lower rate than normal. The money raised from the sales will be added to the local government budget to care for the people of Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Public Affairs)KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan– On a forward operating base that expects to increase its population in the coming months, space is a valuable commodity.

And in a country that is composed primarily of deserts and arid mountains, good lumber is hard to come by.

Personnel from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team have found a way to alleviate both problems – by harvesting 17 acres of olive trees and donating the wood to the Afghan government, June 29.



FOB Salerno’s once-scenic olive grove is a thing of the past, making way for a second dining facility to accommodate the influx of personnel connected with force expansion in Task Force Rakkasan’s battle space.

“As part of the expansion of the FOB, we needed to clear out several acres of trees,” said U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Soika, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, base operations commander, from Minneapolis. “Obviously that wood had to go somewhere, so it made sense to give it to the locals since there is such a dramatic shortage of wood in Afghanistan.”

Local contractors handled the cutting in late June and began shipping June 29.

The trees will be transported to Khost city and handed over to personnel from the Afghan Department of Interior, who are expected to in return sell them at a price much lower than normal market value.

The money raised from the sales will be added to the local government budget so they can better care for the people of Afghanistan, said Mohammad Safar, a representative for the Chief of Khost Agriculture.

“This will become extra income for both the government and people of Afghanistan,” Safar said.

Soika said while the donation is a step toward aiding the local economy, it’s only the start of the program and as more space is needed on the FOB, more felled trees will be donated to the Afghan government.

“This becomes a win-win for everyone involved,” Soika said. “We win hearts and minds, the people save money and have wood for heating and cooking, and the Afghan government is able to care for its own.”

Despite the aggressive construction plan, FOB Salerno won’t end up treeless, Soika added.

Base engineers had planned for more expansion, so more trees were originally on the chopping block. However, with no projects currently slated that require tree removal, base personnel don’t  yet know if or when they will next need to clear and donate trees, said Soika.

“Part of the expansion zone had a few acres of large mature trees, but given the area is not presently intended for a specific use [we] thought it best to leave those trees alone for now,” Soika said. “If we withdraw from this area without needing to cut them down, then we’ll have saved 50-100 trees that are at least 25 years old so they can grow and be available in the future.”
KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Nearly 17 acres of trees have been cut down at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, as part of FOB expansion. Beginning June 29, the wood from the trees being cut down is being handed over to the Khost Chief of Agriculture to auction off to the people at a much lower rate than normal. The money raised from the sales will be added to the local government budget to care for the people of Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Public Affairs)KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan contractors load trees into a dump truck after cutting them down June 29, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, preparing for FOB expansion. Nearly 17 acres of trees have been cut down and the wood is being handed over to the Khost Chief of Agriculture to auction it off to the people at a much lower rate than normal. The money raised from the sales will be added to the local government budget to care for the people of Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Public Affairs)
 

 

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