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  • NATO in Afghanistan - Dutch PRT teaching rule of law to Afghans (Video)

    12/12/2012 11:24:04 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    NATO ^ | Dec 12, 2012
    The Dutch Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kunduz teaches Afghan students 'rule of law'.
  • Panjshir PRT unites Airmen, Soldiers for common cause

    04/20/2009 5:45:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 408+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Zachary Wilson, USAF
    4/20/2009 - FORWARD OPERATING BASE LION, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- A team of nearly 80 individuals, including 25 Airmen and 12 Soldiers, come together to perform a critical mission in Afghanistan's Panjshir Province. All of the servicemembers come from different walks of life, but now come together to help the impoverished province. One year ago, Staff Sgt. David Nielsen was repairing military vehicles at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Kelley was an Army Reserve Soldier serving with the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion in Upland, Calif.; and Lt. Col. Mark Stratton was serving with Joint Headquarters at the...
  • Hope is Victory in Afghanistan, PRT Commander Says

    02/27/2009 4:20:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 231+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – A trip along a bumpy, dirt road deep into the eastern Paktia province gives way to village after village of mud and straw “qalats,” or fortresses, that have served as refuge for generations of extended Afghan families. Children come out to greet a U.S. military convoy hauling members of the Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2009. As the convoys roll through the villages, children run to greet them giving them the “thumbs up” sign. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • New Roads to Open Up Eastern Afghanistan Province (ESSAYONS)

    02/27/2009 3:42:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 226+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – Few improved roads across the rural and mountainous Paktia province all but stop any real efforts for development here. Semitrucks hauling goods to eastern Afghanistan travel along the narrow and dangerous “K-G Pass” that works its way through steep mountains and connects the Khowst and Paktia provinces. A $100 million, 62-mile improved road, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is slated to start construction through the pass this summer. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A 25-mile trip to a northern...
  • Team Improves Future Prospects for Afghan Village

    01/21/2009 3:25:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 180+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2009 – Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province visited Zirat village this month to assess the effectiveness of completed projects and to develop ideas for future initiatives. Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province inspect the condition of a canal used by villagers to irrigate their wheat and corn fields in Zirat, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2009. NATO photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Until February of last year, the main income for the villagers was earned by harvesting poppy. Since the eradication of poppy production, the villagers...
  • Illinois Guard Trains for Upcoming PRT Mission

    10/24/2008 4:04:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, USA
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Oct. 24, 2008 – Humvees rolled along a gravel road cut through the center of the small village made up of nondescript, cinder block buildings, stones crunching under their large tires. Army Sgt. Arnulfo Gomez, an infantryman with the Illinois National Guard’s B Company, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, pulls security duty outside a building as other team members play Afghan tribal leaders during a training scenario at Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 9, 2008. Gomez and his unit are a part of a provincial reconstruction team scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan’s Khowst province. U.S. Army photo...
  • Piledriver Ends, Projects Continue

    05/23/2008 5:57:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 47+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy, USA
    CAMP STRIKER — Operation Marne Piledriver kicked off in earnest April 15 with an Iraqi Army-led air assault and clearing operations in the Mahmudiyah area, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad.Although the IA has led air assaults in the past, this particular mission showcased its abilities. “This … showed that Iraqis are securing the area, ridding it of the last bastion of [al-Qaeda in Iraq] and simultaneously injected projects, both US- and Iraqi-funded, such as clean water, agricultural and other business opportunities and [aimed] to grow the trust in Iraqi Security Forces,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of 3rd Brigade...
  • Provincial Reconstruction Teams Strive to Improve Afghan Lives

    05/21/2008 4:22:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 49+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Paul David Ondik, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, May 21, 2008 – Every day, provincial reconstruction teams roll out of bases in Afghanistan with mixed bags of services and skill sets, bound by the necessity of their mission. Army Sgt. Al Walkowiak, a tanker from West Pittstown, Pa., smiles as he hands out a bag of candy to children in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. Walkowiak is part of a provincial reconstruction team charged with working with the Afghan government to improve the quality of life for Afghan citizens. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paul David Ondik, 82nd Airborne Division  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Transition Team Teaches Skills to Iraqi Army Soldiers

    05/09/2008 4:38:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 131+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pvt. Christopher McKenna, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON — A Military Transition Team stationed at FOB Falcon, about eight kilometers south of Baghdad, plays a rigorous and important role in rebuilding the capacity of Iraq. The MiTT helps the Iraqi Army to operate in an optimal manner, said Sgt. Chad Highland, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Soldiers from the MiTT, assigned to 1-33rd Cav. Regt., teaches a five-day Iraqi basic training course using U.S. Army knowledge converted into something Iraqi Army Soldiers can execute. “It’s basically a course to teach basic...
  • Australian, U.S. Army Join Forces with Dhi Qar PRT to Teach ISF International Law

    05/06/2008 4:18:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Jaime Avila, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER — Members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, Australian Army and Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team of Dhi Qar Province teamed up to train members of the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and 4th Military Academy on international law and human rights recently. A group of 18 Iraqi servicemembers attended a 10-day course to learn basic principles of the Law of Armed Conflict, human rights, police ethics, and their legal obligations and responsibilities while conducting operations. “The course was focused on training legal advisors and operators for the Iraqi Security Forces,” said Capt....
  • PRT Facilitates Mada’in Agricultural, Technology Expo

    05/05/2008 5:26:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 67+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Joe Sowers, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — More than 1500 Iraqi farmers attended the Mada’in Agricultural Technology Exposition in al-Wahida, Iraq, recently. The expo resulted from efforts by the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, to revitalize farming and agribusiness. The 3rd HBCT ePRT leaders emphasized agricultural initiatives in the qada to provide long-term economic stability in the primarily agrarian district east of Baghdad. Fifty-eight percent of the Mada’in citizens are farmers, and another 15 percent are in farm-related businesses, said Col. Bud Jameson, from Sherwood, Ark., ePRT deputy team leader. During the expo, Baghdad PRT...
  • Hutch man participates in State Department project to rebuild Iraq

    04/29/2008 7:05:30 PM PDT · by kathsua · 41+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 042908 | Amy Bickel
    Going to work these days for Martin Miller means carpooling in an armored Humvee. He's also adjusting to life thousands of miles from his Kansas home - living in an 18-foot-by-10-foot room in a dusty city nearly 150 miles north of Baghdad. Not that Miller minds. The Hutchinson resident has gotten used to the way of life. It's all part of his new duty to bring a war-torn Iraq into the 21st century. "I'm part of something that is making a difference," Miller said Monday during his short visit to Kansas. "There's a little bit of progress going on, and...
  • Wasit Reconstruction Team Aims to Empower Iraqi Farmers

    04/23/2008 4:44:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 48+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2008 – U.S. led economic-development programs for Iraq’s Wasit province are based largely on providing local farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to build profitable and sustainable agribusinesses, an official said in a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers” yesterday. Wasit’s provincial council estimates that agricultural production accounts for about 30 percent of the province’s economy, and the major industry there is agricultural processing, said Mark Wilt, the U.S. Agency for International Development economic representative for the Wasit provincial reconstruction team. Iraq’s agricultural provinces suffered when farmers lost heavy subsidies they received under Saddam Hussein’s regime,...
  • PRT, Military Leaders Brief Wasit Council on Progress

    04/23/2008 4:16:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 97+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA — The Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team leader and 214th Fires Brigade commander briefed the Wasit Provincial Council last week on reconstruction efforts in the province. More than $38 million dollars have been spent on those efforts in Wasit province since Jan. 1, 2007 by Coalition forces and the PRT. “We have done a lot as a team, and it has been a team effort,” said Col. Peter Baker, the 214th FB commander, “but there is more to do so that essential services are available to all. “We are working on developing processes and systems to put...
  • Working in Northern Iraq

    04/01/2008 8:35:50 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies · 152+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 3/30/08 | Martin Miller
    My work here in Kirkuk, Iraq is falling into a normal routine that I, and probably everyone else who is aware of my current U.S. State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) employment, would not have thought possible. The normal Iraqi work week is Sunday through Thursday. On those days, I travel to the KGB (Kirkuk Government Building) to work with local Iraqis. Friday and Saturday, I stay back at the PRT office to work with all of the PRT staff. The PRT staff is divided into several smaller sections focusing on infrastructure, rule of law, education, economics, agriculture, governance and...
  • Determination, ingenuity prevail for Bagram Airmen

    03/25/2008 5:19:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 284+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. James Law, USAF
    3/25/2008 - BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- When Airmen of the 819th RED HORSE Squadron here were faced with a $400,000 challenge in March, they used ingenuity to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars. A water-well drilling rig was shipped from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in September 2007, but a series of incidents prevented the rig to arrive as scheduled and it was damaged. After reaching a port in Pakistan, the rig was loaded onto a flatbed trailer to be hauled to Bagram Air Base, but en route the driver got the 34-ton piece of...
  • Engineers Build New Housing for Provincial Reconstruction Team

    03/04/2008 4:47:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 89+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Kenya Virginia Saenz, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE JALALABAD, Afghanistan, March 4, 2008 – Task Force Pacemaker engineers expanded housing for the Jalalabad Provincial Reconstruction Team recently. Soldiers from 1st Platoon, 76th Engineer Company, Fort Knox, Ky., build a Southeast Asia-style hut in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Task Force Pacemaker provides quality of life and force protection facilities for coalition forces in Regional Command East. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. First Platoon, 76th Engineer Company, from Fort Knox, Ky., led by Army 1st Lt. Scott Williams and Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Thompson, built two new B-huts and a Southeast Asia-style hut and...
  • Provincial Reconstruction Team Helps Farmers’ Union Grow

    03/03/2008 4:37:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 49+ views
    FOB KALSU — Sixteen prominent Sayifiyah landowners gathered with members of the Baghdad-7 embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (ePRT) at Patrol Base Whitehouse in Sayifiyah, Feb. 28, for a farmers’ union meeting. As security returns to the region, Coalition forces are focusing on restoring the agriculturally-based economy in Sayifiyah. Efforts include reviving the poultry and beekeeping industries, increasing the productivity of vegetable farms and creating new industries like fish farming and chicken processing plants. All of these efforts were discussed at the meeting, the union’s third gathering. "We're here to restore the area to the farming community it once was," said...
  • Eat the Goat, Drink the Tea [Iraq]

    12/21/2007 9:39:33 PM PST · by gpapa · 10 replies · 121+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2007 | BLAKE DVORAK
    Paul O'Friel has simple advice for his Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team: "Eat the goat, drink the tea," he says. It's O'Friel's way of instilling in his team members the importance of engaging with the local leaders and people in an area of Iraq pulverized not by IEDs, but by poverty and thirst. "There are some villages here that look like they came out of the Middle Ages," O'Friel told me in a phone interview from Iraq yesterday morning. As head of the PRT in Al Muthanna province, O'Friel is in charge of bringing this forgotten realm of a broken country...
  • Bagram PRT, civic leaders open girls school, health clinic

    11/30/2007 6:38:25 AM PST · by concretebob · 5 replies · 77+ views
    Combined Joint Task Force 82 ^ | 28 November 2007 | Air Force Capt. Erick Saks
    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Hundreds of community members and several civic leaders attended two ribbon-cutting ceremonies Nov. 27 in Kohistan II, recognizing the completion of months of work and cooperation between the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Kapisa Gov. Kwaia Kholam and Army Capt. Jordan Berry, Bagram PRT Kapisa Civil Affairs team leader, presided over the ceremonies officially opening the Dihat Dasht Girls School and the Jamalagha Basic Health Clinic. According to Berry, the Dihat Dasht Girls School is an eight-classroom facility that will accommodate approximately 160 students. The $150,000 facility includes four faculty offices,...
  • Reconstruction Team Works to Improve Agriculture for Iraqi Farmers

    11/29/2007 4:07:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 89+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2007 – The Baghdad 5 embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, attached to the 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is closely coordinating with the Inma Agribusiness Program to work with Iraqi farmers in the region here. A local sheik meets with Edgar Ariza-Nino (center) and Robert Dose (right), Inma Agribusiness Program coordinators, during a tour of the market in Taji, Iraq, Nov. 27, 2007. The Inma program was established to stimulate and support agricultural business expansion and help the region become self-sustaining. Photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • Provincial Reconstruction Teams Guide Progress in Iraq’s Provinces

    08/07/2007 5:07:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 114+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2007 – Joint Defense and State Department provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq are guiding Iraqis through the intricacies of forming local governments and generating economic development, a U.S. State Department official said. “The basic goal of these teams is to expand out into the provinces,” U.S. Embassy spokesman Philip Reeker told online journalists and “bloggers” Aug. 3 from Baghdad. “Iraq is not a small country, and it has no tradition, really, of local or diffused leadership or governance. It’s been very centralized.” Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship quashed local governments in the country’s 18 regions, Reeker said. The...
  • Bagram PRT Opens New Bridge, Road

    02/09/2007 3:47:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 246+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2007 – When local contractor Asil Khan first thought of building a bridge over the Gogamanda River, he was knee-deep in it, evading the Soviet army on a trip to Pakistan to procure weapons for the Mujahadeen. Gov. Jabar Taqwa of Afghanistan’s Parwan province prepares to cut the ribbon on the newly constructed Gogamanda Bridge. The new bridge and road will provide a new link to Kabul for more than 6,000 Afghan families. Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher, USAF  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. More than 15 years later, that...
  • More Provincial Reconstruction Teams to Stand Up in Iraq

    01/11/2007 4:14:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 152+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2007 – President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq includes expanding the number of provincial reconstruction teams from 10 to at least 18 in order to better support political and economic progress, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a news conference today. Rice joined Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in discussing some of the measures President Bush outlined in last night’s address to the nation about the new way forward in Iraq. The plan includes 20,000 more U.S. troops on the ground, increased responsibility for the Iraqi government and Iraqi security forces, and more diplomatic and...
  • Afghan PRT treats patients, prepares village for winter

    11/07/2006 4:26:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Joe Campbell
    11/7/2006 - PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Twenty-four members of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team, the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion and Task Force Tiger made the four-hour trek to the northernmost district here to assist the province's most impoverished population. A cooperative Medical Civic Action Program, or MEDCAP, was coordinated at the invitation of Panjshir Director of Health Dr. Ghellani Saadat, and held at the Paryan District's Basic Health Clinic Oct. 28. Afghan National Police assisted the team's security element ensuring a smooth and incident-free mission. "This was our fourth medical mission to Paryan since June," said Air Force Reserve...
  • Iraqis, PRT produce results

    10/03/2006 5:23:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 346+ views
    Maj. Lawendowski, from the Alaskan National Guard, assembles a swing set for Iraqi children living in an impoverished neighborhood in Al Hillah, Iraq. Official DoD photo. See the video HILLAH -- At times, progress in Iraq is difficult to measure and often completely intangible…but often, the Iraqi people and their Coalition partners produce amazing and obvious results.Thanks to the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and their hard-working Iraqi counterparts, great things are happening in this history-steeped province, and residents are taking notice.Along a five-mile stretch of long-vacant property in Hillah, a city of 600,000, months of the teams efforts are...
  • Medic discovers more about himself during PRT mission

    08/08/2006 5:57:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Orville F. Desjarlais Jr.
    8/7/2006 - FORWARD OPERATING BASE TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- When a suicide bomber slammed and ignited his missile-laden vehicle into the Humvee in front of Staff Sgt. Eric Mathiasen, the Air Force medic exploded into action. He did not think about his wife or two children, or that there was unexploded ordnance lying about. He just grabbed his medical bag and sprinted toward the blast area. "While I was running to the wounded guy, I just hoped I could help him," Sergeant Mathiasen said. "I just hoped I wouldn't screw anything up." He had questioned his abilities before this...
  • Bagram PRT gives torched school second chance

    07/21/2006 4:33:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 200+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Spc. Josh LeCappelain
    7/21/2006 - BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- Soldiers and Airmen from the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team traveled to Nyazi Geranshakh in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan on July 19 to replace eight tents at its local school that were burned down earlier this week by arsonists. Team members were equipped with replacement tents as well as backpacks and other supplies to better the lives of the people of Afghanistan. "This is a really great mission," said 1st Lt. William Warner, the security forces detachment commander and a native of Glastonberry, Conn. Warner was one of many servicemembers who passed out supplies donated...
  • PRT Joins Forces With World Food Program to Help Afghans

    04/25/2006 5:55:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 25, 2006 – U.S. military officials from the Mehtar Lam Provincial Reconstruction Team met with Ussama Osman, the eastern region head of office for the U.N. World Food Program, on April 20 to discuss cooperative efforts on projects between the two organizations. "It was a very successful meeting to develop opportunities for the PRT and WFP to work together," said PRT commander Army Lt. Col. Anthony Feagin. "Everyone committed to meeting again to share information on current and future planned projects." PRTs work in concert with the Afghan government and are responsible for assessing...
  • Commanders Share Ideas on Provincial Reconstruction Teams

    04/06/2006 4:47:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 199+ views
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, April 6, 2006 – Provincial reconstruction team commanders from around the country converged here last week to share ideas on how to improve stability and security in Afghanistan. PRTs extend the visibility and reach of the Afghan government, shape the environment for reconstruction, and provide a visible international presence that deters terrorist and criminal activities, especially in remote areas. Afghanistan has 23 provincial reconstruction teams: 14 in the south and east, the areas in which the coalition has primary security responsibilities, and nine in the north and west, where NATO's International Security Assistance Force carries out...
  • Canadians in Afghanistan foil planned bomb attack

    03/23/2006 6:21:03 AM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies · 263+ views
    NNI ^ | March 22, 2006
    Canadians in Afghanistan foil planned bomb attack by NNI KABUL - Canadian engineers in Afghanistan thwarted an attempted bomb attack in a village near Kandahar, underscoring heightened tensions in the violence-racked nation as it celebrated an ancient festival banned under the Taliban. Troops from the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) disassembled unarmed bombs, which were concealed inside the seats of the motorcycles in the village of Hajiwan, northwest of Kandahar. "The explosives were hidden within the foam seats of the vehicles," Lieut. (Navy) Mark MacIntryre, a Canadian Forces spokesman told The Canadian Press. "It doesn’t look like they were visible with...
  • Pencils and other Implements of Destruction

    03/11/2006 4:59:09 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 11 replies · 337+ views
    Farfromcanadahar ^ | 10 Mar 2006 | Captain Dave
    I got an email several days ago. Because of the tempo of the last week, I haven’t been able to check my civilian email, so I didn’t read it until today, but it struck me as a great way to indicate to everyone just how complex the situation is in Afghanistan. So I downed tools and wrote. (I should also mention that I have become frustrated enough with what I keep hearing on the news from Canada, that Canadians are having second thoughts about this mission. I won’t steal my own thunder, but I have been plugging away at a...
  • One man's war on terrorism

    03/07/2006 7:24:14 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 6 replies · 516+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-7-06 | BOB SHAW
    You want to make Greg Mortenson laugh? Ask him whether his life has ever been threatened. He could talk about the time he tried — and failed — to climb one of the world's deadliest mountains. Or how Afghan warlords kidnapped him for eight days. Or how he choked from the stench of rancid goat hides that hid him in the back of a truck as he escaped a gunfight. Life isn't quite as dangerous this week, as the Roseville native enjoys a media tour for his new book, "Three Cups of Tea." The biography recounts the Indiana Jones adventures...
  • New Zealanders Deliver Roof Beams to Camp

    03/01/2006 3:11:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 192+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Combined Joint Task Force 76
    BAMYAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 1, 2006 — The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team recently delivered 1,200 roofing beams to the Tupchi Returnees Camp, approximately 15 kilometers from Bamyan City. This camp is home to approximately 120 families. The residents of this camp were all forced to leave Iran, often with only the possessions they could carry. Good land is in short supply in mountainous Bamyan, therefore the camp is situated on a narrow, rocky part of the Bamyan Valley floor. As it is not possible to build in the Bamyan winter, some recently arrived returnees live in tents in temperatures...
  • Prayers For 200 Australian soldiers headed to Afghanistan

    03/01/2006 8:51:18 PM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies · 187+ views
    conservativeunderground.com ^ | 2/27/06 | Sonnabend
    A small request to members -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Australian government has cut orders for another 200 Australian soldiers to head to Afghanistan, as part of ongoing operations. As we have always done, as we always will, we stand with the United States and her allies. This year, another 200 of our sons and daughters will saddle up for overseas service, walking in harms way..and in doing so, continue a proud tradition. Europe, New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor,the Gulf,Tobruk, El Alamein, Iraq, Afghanistan....names of distant places where the Aussie Digger has served with distinction, and honour,and courage. Please remember them in your...
  • The Wrist Puck

    02/25/2006 5:36:35 PM PST · by Clive · 13 replies · 560+ views
    farfromcanadahar ^ | 2006-02-24 | Dave
    The Wrist Puck Posted by Dave under Day by day I asked for a watch for Christmas. I’ve always wanted a watch with an altimeter in it, and a barometer, and a thermometer, and an electronic compass. Not because of need for frivolous gadgetry (a fault of mine, but the watch wasn’t a symptom), and not because of a need to best some competitor (even though I was the first). I climb, and an altimeter watch is an obvious complement to my hobby. The compass and weather instruments are similarly helpful. I got the watch. I’ve worn it every day...
  • Another 200 troops sent to Afghanistan

    02/20/2006 9:45:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 311+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 21st February 2006
    AUSTRALIA would send about 200 extra troops to Afghanistan to help reconstruction efforts, Prime Minister John Howard said today. Mr Howard said the troops would be part of a Dutch-led provincial reconstruction team (PRT). The latest deployment will take the total number of Australian troops in Afghanistan to about 500. "Australia has decided to send an Australian Defence Force reconstruction to Afghanistan," Mr Howard said. "It will begin deploying, we think, late in July." Mr Howard said the Australians would be deployed over two years. Last month, the Government decided to send an extra 110 troops and two helicopters to...
  • PRT REPAIRS DAMAGE AFTER VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS

    02/13/2006 4:52:40 AM PST · by Clive · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Central Command ^ | 2006-02-13 | (press release)
    Title: PRT REPAIRS DAMAGE AFTER VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS Release Date: 2/13/2006 Release Number: 06-02-01P Title: PRT REPAIRS DAMAGE AFTER VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS Release Date: 2/13/2006 Release Number: 06-02-01P Description: BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The Coalition’s provincial reconstruction team in Zabul Province has provided funding and other resources to repair a Red Crescent Society clinic and a boys’ school damaged in demonstrations Feb. 8. The demonstrations involved about 400 Afghans, some of whom marched through downtown Qalat, hurling rocks at government facilities. After assessing the damage, members of the Qalat PRT provided funds for local contractors to make repairs. They also negotiated replacement...
  • Danger zone for Diggers

    02/15/2006 2:43:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 175+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16th February 2006 | Nick Butterly
    AUSTRALIAN soldiers could be deployed to an area of Afghanistan that has been hit by an increase in suicide bombings, defence force chiefs have said. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston gave more details yesterday to a Senate estimates hearing on proposals to send another 200 Australian soldiers to Afghanistan as part of NATO efforts to stabilise the country. He said the Diggers were likely to join a 900-strong Dutch Provincial Reconstruction Team in Oruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan. The Australian contribution was likely to include a mix of army engineers as well as combat troops geared to protect the unit....
  • PRT builds up remote corner of Afghanistan

    08/23/2005 6:27:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 196+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 23, 2005 | Sgt. Adrian Schulte
    KINESK, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Aug. 23, 2005) -- A small compound sticks out amongst the dusty reddish brown rock of southwestern Afghanistan, serving as a magnet for reconstruction in the remote province of Farah. A few small saplings dot the compound, but offer no shade or relief from the summer heat, which one day topped out at 148 degrees. But the base that houses the Farah Provisional Reconstruction Team serves as a beacon of hope and a better life for the Afghans that live nearby. The few U.S. soldiers stationed at the PRT, dubbed “Fort Apache” by some after...
  • 17 Spanish troops killed in Afghanistan (Chopper went down)

    08/16/2005 3:45:37 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 46 replies · 1,901+ views
    cnn | 16/8/05
    This is just in CNN reported that 17 spanish troops killed in afghanistan will keep you posted
  • Canadian Task Force 'JTF2' to hunt al-Qaeda in Afghanistan

    07/18/2005 5:34:43 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 15 replies · 2,098+ views
    The Globe & Mail ^ | Friday, July 15, 2005 | DANIEL LEBLANC
    OTTAWA -- Canada's elite JTF2 soldiers are heading to Afghanistan as part of a 2,000-troop deployment that will target the "detestable murderers and scumbags" behind the rise in international terrorism, General Rick Hillier said yesterday. In a blunt briefing that signalled a new aggressiveness at the top of the Canadian Forces, the Chief of the Defence Staff said the impending operations are risky but necessary in light of last week's bombings in the British public-transit system. "The London attack actually tells us once more: We can't let up," Gen. Hillier told reporters. He said terrorists are ready to target Canada...
  • Car Ports (Personal Rapid Transit)

    02/19/2005 2:40:19 PM PST · by ajr276 · 16 replies · 773+ views
    salon.com ^ | 19 November 2004 | Priya Jain
    In "The Incredibles," the eponymous superhero family spends much of the movie trying to either escape or infiltrate the villain's high-tech island lair. Among the creepy sci-fi elements -- parrots with camera eyes, a destructive robot that can strategize -- is the beautifully eerie monorail that silently glides around the volcano, transporting the villain's henchmen in small round cars. The heroes occasionally hitch a ride on one of these moving pods while battling the forces of evil. In real life, we may not have superheroes, but soon we will have those little monorail cars, zipping commuters and shoppers (and maybe...
  • NATO Quickens Drive to Expand Afghanistan

    01/20/2004 6:36:49 PM PST · by katman · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 20,11:56 AM ET | John Chalmers
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Military experts will press NATO (news - web sites) envoys this week to quicken the drive for an expansion of the international peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan ahead of elections in June, an alliance official said Tuesday. A resurgence of attacks by Taliban militia in lawless provinces beyond the capital, Kabul -- where NATO runs a peackeeping force of 5,700 troops -- has cast doubt over plans for the country's first free presidential poll. To widen the security net, NATO wants to take command of military teams in 12 urban areas by the middle of the year, but...
  • NATO TAKES OVER PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM IN AFGHANISTAN

    01/06/2004 10:24:26 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 264+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Jan. 6, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 January 6, 2004Release Number: 04-01-15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATO TAKES OVER PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM IN AFGHANISTAN Kabul, Afghanistan - The Coalition-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) at Konduz transferred authority to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a ceremony today at the PRT headquarters. The German-led PRT in Konduz is the first in Afghanistan to operate under NATO control, marking another milestone in a series of planned expansion of the PRT program over the next several months. PRTs are a...