Topic: Joseph Kintz
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
210th Mobile Public Affairs Division
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Aleef Jan, the white-bearded Dag Mene village elder in the Shalay Valley, hardly ever sees International Security Assistance Forces. He lives a secluded life in the valley where he ignores most of the fighting around him. He said he is a farmer with no plowed fields and grows wheat, but doesn’t have any seeds. To earn a living, his relatives, who live with him in the village, travel down the road to labor as unskilled workers for income.
“We are poor people here, and we are helpless, so we need help from the Afghan National Army and U.S. forces,” said Aleef Jan between the mountains of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.
While helping to secure the valley, a patrol of ANA and Task Force No Slack Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, found an improvised explosive device on the outskirts of his village November 4th.
U.S. Army Spc. Joshua D. Heinbuch (left), an MK48 machine gunner from Englewood, FL, and U.S. Army Spc. James M. Piccolo, an assistant gunner from Longview, WA, pull security in the Shalay Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province after finding an improvised explosive device in the road Nov. 4th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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