KHOWST PROVINCE – U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Randy Cuyler, a 3-19th ADT hydrologist and resident of Southbend, Ind., works side by side with Omar, caretaker of the (click for more)
Pfc. Randall Kinnaman from Norman, Okla., provides security in a village in the Charbaran District Oct. 27 during Task Force White Currahee Toccoa Tikurah, the largest combined air assault mission (click for more)
Army Lt. Col. Wiley Blevins, Bamyan ETT leader, from Wilmington, Del.; and Army Maj. Timothy Drake, contracting officer for the ETT from Lewes, Del., meet Oct. 25 with the contractor (click for more)
U.S. Army National Guard Lt. Col. Pamela Moody, 3-19th ADT Women’s Outreach Team and resident of Indianapolis, meets with Hasina Akhmad Ziy, principal of the Khowst girls school with the (click for more)
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Rogers of Bloomington, Minn., Kunar PRT engineer, and Shafak Pervez, electrical engineer with the USACE, inspect a generator control panel Nov. 1 (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel Vowell of Birmingham, Ala., commander of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force No Slack, addresses village elders at the Narang (click for more)
Police officer Javeed Hakmal (left) and Lt. Sherwali Hakmal stand in front of police headquarters in Mehtar Lam. Javeed and his father Sherwali graduated from the Laghman Province police academy (click for more)
Members of Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team provide security during a shura in Mirzaka Nov. 4. The shura gave new PRT personnel the opportunity to introduce themselves to local Afghan leadership (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE - Army Spc. Brandon Brouhard, a combat medic from Modesto, Calif., assigned to Task Force No Slack, pulls on his helmet and gear to prepare for his tower (click for more)
Community Development Councils provide villages representatives a way to vote on needed infrastructure projects and then request the improvements from their District Development Authorities.
In the Norgul, Chowkay and Narang districts, ISAF is working with the government to establish a smaller number of CDCs to cover larger areas, U.S. Army Capt. Ryan A McLaughlin of Tuscaloosa, Ala., said.
“It was a question of efficiency, really,” he said.
McLaughlin, who commands Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, said establishing a CDC for each village can sometimes create an unwieldy number of organizations for district subgovernors to deal with.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Rob L. Schenker of Long Island, N.Y, whose 1st Platoon is responsible for the Narang District, grouped 48 major villages into four CDCs and is meeting with each to get them started.
During an Aug. 24 meeting at the Narang District Center, Schenker talked with village elders and district Subgovernor Goger Wall about the need to start assembling a list of projects based on what residents in their community want.
“You are the voice of the people,” he said to the elders. “You gentlemen are the most important part of the government of Narang.”
A second meeting the next day saw Schenker speaking to more than a half-dozen representatives from the village of Qalawana. He plans to meet with each group in September, then again every two weeks.
Two projects have already been previously approved for the district, the building of a retaining wall and the funding of a summer school program for area youth, Schenker said. Future projects for the area will be handled under the new councils.
McLaughlin noted the CDC and DDA system provides not only a way for village elders to participate in local government, but it also allows the public to know what’s being done on their behalf.
“It’s not a closed-door process between one elder and the government,” he said.
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