Afghan Patrol Protects Meeting at Village

The slide show demonstrates a key role for security patrols, namely to allow Afghan meetings able to function without direct threats from the Taliban.  In the first photo, U.S. Army Pvt. Michael S. Walters, of Lumberton, N.C., a forward observer with 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, monitors an Afghan national army visit to Nishigam village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 6. The ANA-led mission involved meeting with villagers at important community gathering places, such as the school and local bazaar. The over watch position near Combat Outpost Bari Alai is used to prevent insurgents from attacking Afghan national security forces as they work with residents. International Security Assistance Forces provided support.

Credit: Combined Joint Task Force – 82 PAO, April 6th, 2010

  • The second photo shows U.S. Army Spc. Colin T. McTamaney, of Pittsburgh, Penn., a team leader with 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, uses his rifle scope to monitor an Afghan national army visit to the Nishigam village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 6. The ANA-led mission involved meeting with villagers at important community gathering places, such as the school and local bazaar. The over watch position near Combat Outpost Bari Alai is used to prevent insurgents from attacking Afghan national security forces as they work with residents. International Security Assistance Forces provided support during the mission.
  • The third photo shows U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, accompaning an Afghan national army patrol securing the area near the Nishigam village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
  • The fourth photo shows U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, accompany an Afghan national army foot patrol which provides security to the Nishigam village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
  • The final photo shows an Afghan national army soldier with Weapons Company, 1st Kandak, pointing out where he will place his men to provide security for a foot patrol to the Nishigam village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

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*** Posted on June 9th, 2010

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