Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – From a chance encounter at a Baptist church in Georgia, Maj. Tammie Crews was able to build relationships across the world in Afghanistan.
The chaplain for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, “Task Force Lifeliner,” met with a local mother and daughter working to progress women’s rights in Afghanistan and to give them several donated needs for girls here.
Crews met Mashuq Askerzada at a church near Fort Benning, GA. Askerzada was born in Afghanistan and left for the United States decades ago. They built a friendship that lasted after Crews left the area. When Crews joined the Lifeliners to deploy to Afghanistan, Askerzada put her in contact with his sister still in Afghanistan.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – As the crescent moon dimly shone the first of August, Muslims across the world began their holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a time of fasting and refraining from food, drink and other physical needs during the daylight hours.
“It’s a cleansing process to think about the more important things in life, like God and helping others,” said 1st Lt. Shuja Kazmi. “It cleanses the body and the soul, and it gives you more time to be thankful for what you have.”
Kazmi and other Islamic soldiers are celebrating the holy month through fasting and prayers while deployed to Afghanistan.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – As the U.S. troop surge begins to swell throughout Afghanistan, several units find themselves in transition.
Among those is Task Force Iron’s 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, whose Soldiers have conducted operations in and throughout Paktika Province for the past several months.
Recently, they turned over responsibility of the province and took on a new challenge themselves.
The Iron Rakkasans passed the responsibility for Paktika to the incoming Soldiers of 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, also known as Task Force Currahee, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. R. J. Peek, information operations officer, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Reg., from Clarksville, Tennessee.
Task Force Iron is moving from Paktika to Ghazni Province.
One of the first challenges facing the Rakkasans was simply getting all their troops and equipment across nearly 30-miles of treacherous Afghan roads to reach their new home.
Written by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – Government officials prepare for an Iftar dinner sponsored by the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team August 15th. During Ramadan, practicing Muslims fast during daylight hours, pray more intently and observe other strict codes of dress and behavior. The Iftar meal, which occurs approximately 30 minutes after sundown, officially breaks the day’s fast each evening.
The Paktika PRT hosted an Iftar dinner as a sign of respect for Afghan customs and culture. Paktika PRT is a joint team whose mission is to help legitimize the government of Afghanistan through development, governance and agricultural initiatives.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – It was a morning filled with tragedy, tears and grievance for the local villagers of Dam Abad when an insurgent rocket landed in their village, killing three small children and injuring their mother.
“This morning three insurgent rockets were launched toward Camp Salerno,” said U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Clark, commander of the base defense force, Task Force Red Knight, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from Louisville, KY. “One of the rockets struck the village near the base, killing two Afghan girls, ages 4 and 5, and injuring a third girl, as well as their mother. The other two rockets were ineffective.”
About 15-minutes after the attack, villagers brought the injured seven-year-old Afghan girl to the Forward Operating Base Salerno main gate, seeking medical assistance for her.
Written by Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs
Kunar Province, Afghanistan (August 11, 2010) – At approximately 8:00am, Taliban fighters fired four rocket-propelled grenades at a mosque near Asadabad. One of the RPGs directly hit the mosque, breaking windows and cutting down a tree. No personnel were injured.
The attack came on the first day of Ramadan only two days after two children were killed by insurgent fighters. Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi, Kunar provincial governor, issued an appeal to stop the bloodshed during the holy month of Ramadan. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment
Khost Province, Afghanistan – As Afghanistan prepares for the parliamentary elections in September, government officials in western Paktika are coordinating for a safe and legitimate election process.
Through a number of joint planning meetings, the Afghan Police, Army and Border Police, have developed an effective and efficient means of providing security to all 190 approved polling sites in Paktika, said U.S. Army Capt. Scott Harris from Fayetteville, NC. Harris is the governance officer for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.«Read the rest of this article»
SHELBYVILLE, TN: Tyson Foods in Shelbyville is rocking the boat for approximately 500 workers accustomed to the traditional Labor Day holiday on the first Saturday of September.
In its new five-year contract, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has opted to ditch the familiar paid holiday in favor of a change that will please the plants 700 Muslim workers: Eid-al-Fitr, which occurs at the end of Ramadan. The contract contains the same number of paid holidays as before; the holidays have simply changed. Eid al-Fitr, which this year happens on Oct. 1, ends the Muslim faith’s month of fasting. «Read the rest of this article»
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