Monday, August 21, 2006

School Days

In February 2005 the Governor of Parwan Province strongly hinted that a little help to the people of Deh Qadzi would do two things for the Coalition; counteract HIG and Talib propaganda ("the Americans won't help you because you are too religious for them) and would make the people of the area less likely to look the other way when the HIG shot 107mm rockets at us.

I took a squad from the 3/116th INF out and we talked with the people in the area. Everyone wanted the same thing. Fix our school, please. I went to scope it out and took a little bit of film to show our engineers (I wanted to make sure it was salvagable).

Oh, the Governor was right - we contracted to fix the school up, the people were startled, and delighted - and the HIG lost a launching area.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how we're doing on reconstruction projects there. The media only tells us how many deaths take place in Afghanistan, nothing encouraging.

Centcom has a photo of a newly completed (and handsome) bridge and a solar well. There must be a site somewhere that tabulates what's been accomplished--a lot of people have been working awfully hard for quite a while.

BTW, your posts on Afghanistan are my favorites. Thanks!

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