Clinic Symbolizes Partnership and Friendship in Yemen
By Air Force 1st Lt. Omar Villarreal
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Affairs
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti — Nearly a year after the project started, the people of Baytal al-Qudhi and the surrounding community of more than 65,000 have a new clinic to treat their medical emergencies.
U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Johnson, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa chief of staff, joined Dr. Nabeel Khoury, charge for the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Mohammed Al-Ansi, the under secretary of the governor of Taiz, two local religious leaders and about 200 villagers Wednesday to dedicate the $220,000 CJTF – HOA sponsored clinic.
The clinic, which sits on top of a nearly 2,500-meter mountain, received new latrines and plumbing, a new electrical system, a water storage unit and new rooms for in-patient care.
Obide tribes coming together to secure region, generate prosperity
By Maj. Anna Friederich
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Officer, 4th Infantry Division
FOB KALSU, Iraq — The southern portion of Iraq is reaping the long overdue benefits of infrastructure rebuilding and trained security forces.
Although the areas in the Karbala, Najaf and Babil provinces still have their share of turbulence, some of the success the provinces are enjoying stems from the willingness of local tribes to work together to put their part of Iraq back together, said Capt. Dave Zaino, commander, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
“We are going into areas in the northern sector of our area of operations, finding a large population who are putting the pieces back together on their own,” said Zaino.
Last week, Zaino met with Sheik Mohammed for the first time and found he and the surrounding tribes were working on a joint project on their own to improve the water system in their area.
Panjshir PRT medics visit remote Afghan district
By Air Force Capt. Joe Campbell
Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Patients walked as far as six miles, and waited as long as eight hours, for treatment by Air Force medics from the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team who visited the Paryan district on July 15 and 16.
The Medical Civic Action Program, or MEDCAP, was coordinated at the invitation of Panjshir Director of Health Dr. Jellani. The Paryan District police chief provided officers for escort and security for the event.
At nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, Paryan is the northernmost, and has the highest elevation, of the six districts in the Panjshir Valley. Due to the rough and narrow road, it took the team more than five hours to reach the district from their headquarters in Bazarak.
“We saw the dire need in Paryan when we were here recently to do site evaluations and humanitarian assistance drop planning,” said Air Force Maj. Kurt Workmaster, Panjshir PRT physician assistant. He is a reservist deployed from Duke Field in Florida.
Parwan government, Bagram PRT build ‘bridge to future’
By Maj. David Kurle
455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
NAWAJ, PARWAN PROVINCE , Afghanistan – In the culmination of more than a year’s efforts, the Parwan deputy governor cut the ribbon on a bridge July 11 in the northern part of this province connecting Afghans to their country.
The new bridge spans a river in the mountains and was built with the future in mind as it accommodates both foot and vehicle traffic. It will connect 600 to 700 families in mountain villages to a main highway and, by extension, to the rest of Afghanistan.
“This is a very great day,” said Parwan Deputy Governor Gulam Sedeeq Sedeeq as he cut the ribbon to open the bridge. “Now that you have this bridge you have to make sure the bridge is maintained. You must take care of it.”
New Iraqi Command Opens
Story by Multi-National Force – Iraq
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Training and Doctrine Command officially opened in a ceremony at the Cultural Center Compound in Baghdad Tuesday.
The ITDC now has the ability and sufficient resources to oversee all Iraqi national defense related education and military doctrine development.
This is an important milestone as Iraq progresses toward its goal of being fully operable by July 2007, said Gen. Babakir Badir Khan Zebari, Iraqi Joint Forces commander.
“A modern and developed Doctrine coordinated with our national vision and interests helps create a culture for national security,” he said.