Thursday’s Army Affair
Some quick hits from the Army News:
In a society where the literacy rate is less than 30 percent of the population, all Afghan citizens have the opportunity to attend school. Coalition forces continue to develop programs to improve the current education system.
“The program is very good for our [Afghanistan’s] future,” said Toor Jan. “Our people will one day have doctors, pilots and engineers. This will be our future. ”
Backpacks for Afghanistan allows everyone to participate in building a future for generations. Many organizations, churches and schools in the U.S. have already donated.
There is a positively adorable child photographed in that article.
The pilot training program ran Aug. 30 – Sept. 20 and was conducted by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization’s Joint Center of Excellence at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
“The goal of these teams is to be able to … learn about who might have built and placed the device and any other tell-tale things,” said Marine Corps Col. Christopher Mahoney, chief of staff of the JIEDDO JCOE. “That will enable us to go back in the process and prevent similar devices from similar people under similar circumstances from being emplaced in the first place.
“The long and short of it is, we don’t want the explosion to ever happen. These teams are going to be a great enabler to do that.”
That’s awesome, but–the pilot program only started this year? After seven-eight years of IED attacks? Lord have mercy.
The 504th was the first infantry regiment in the Army to be designated airborne; now it is part of the newest tool in the Army’s arsenal developed for this kind of mission: the advise-and-assist brigade.
“[Local residents] are glad the Americans are here, because the Iraqi contractors were getting slowed by the old pontoons in the river,” Hamed said. “Our concern is to minimize the time this bridge is closed to the public while divers are in the water.”
A man pushing a bicycle nods in agreement. He works in construction, where time is money, and he has been waiting 30 minutes to cross the Euphrates.
Another man stops to voice his opinion. His name is Saaed Moshref, and he is a math teacher. He has lived in the area 30 of his 40 years, and he crosses the bridge to visit friends. “I want the bridge done tomorrow,” he said, smiling. “But at least it’s getting done, and at least it is safe to be here.”
I’ve been waiting for this news to pop up on my feeder! These brigades really interest me.
You know, it’s clear that there’s some handwaving going on; these are only three of the many, many articles that come up through the USA website, and they’re all pretty much stories of progress and positivity. Even so–these are interesting stories.