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Forward Operating Base Ghazni

The severe winter weather in eastern Afghanistan left many villages cut off from vital supplies in the mountainous terrain of eastern Ghazni Province. Clearing the roads of more than three feet of snow to get villagers necessary supplies was extremely difficult. In March 2005 Ghazni Province Governor Asadula Kalat came to the Coalition with a terrible situation. The people in some of the remote villages were starving and suffering due to exposure to the elements. There were 10,000 families in the Nawa District who had no wood for fuel or food. The governor had supplies to help the villagers, but no way to get the supplies to the people.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter stopped at Forward Operating Base Ghazni and picked up bags of flour, beans and rice, as well as oil for cooking and heating, and blankets. The crew then flew the supplies and the governor to a small village surrounded by nothing but deep snow.

As part of operation Mountain Thrust on September 25, 2006 Coalition forces elements belong to Task Force Spartan in conjunction with Afghan National Army units decisively defeated anti-government insurgents in a series of engagements. The goals in an area once thought to be uncontrollable was to demonstrate to the local population that Coalition forces are there for their security and to help strengthen the local government so that the people of this area should not fear threats or reprisals.

On December 17, 2007 Then Army Chief of Staff General George Casey visited a number of FOBs including Ghazni to present soldiers with their certificates of reenlistment.

On September 20, 2008 Secretary of the Army Peter Geren visited FOB Ghazni as part of a broader tour in Afghanistan. The main purpose of his visit to Ghazni was to check the progress of an Agricultural Development Team stationed there from elements of the Texas Air National Guards 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment. Critical to winning hearts and minds in this area is sharing enhanced agricultural techniques and that is precisely the mission of the Texas ADT. Geren also toured the facilities and talked with soldiers from the PRT and infantry units. He was also briefed on ongoing operations and how their equipment was holding up.



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