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On Location in Afghanistan

February 17, 2009
American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III spent
a month on the ground with U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Here is
a collection of his in-depth articles, photos and journal entries detailing his experiences.

Stories

Combat Outpost Serves as Front Line

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2009 – Next to a small village in Afghanistan’s fertile Jalrez Valley, a platoon of U.S. soldiers make the most of their small outpost on the front lines. Story

Task Force Takes Troubled Valley

FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan, March 9, 2009 – Coalition forces along Afghanistan's Logar River are sending a forceful message to insurgent fighters that the coalition will go wherever, whenever it wants. Story

Afghanistan Fight Turns to
Economy, Governance

FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan, March 6, 2009 – The 10th Mountain Division troops in Afghanistan are building infrastructure, helping legitimize the provincial government and pumping much-needed money into the barren economy. Story

Team Brings Hope to Paktia Province

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – Coalition reconstruction teams are planning road construction to open eastern Afghanistan to trade, education and healthcare. Story

New Roads to Open Up
Eastern Afghanistan Province

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – The work of a coalition reconstruction team is bringing hope to an Afghan province where people rarely have anything to look forward to. Story

Security, Development Intertwine in War

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 26, 2009 – The Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team works to separate Afghans from the insurgency that attempts to undermine coalition efforts. Story

Security Forces Provide Safety Net

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 25, 2009 – A security force keeps the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktia province safe as it travels around the region meeting with local leaders and helping to rebuild communities. Story

Team in Afghanistan Looks to
Double Health Care Access

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2009 – A provincial reconstruction team is working to double villagers' access to medical care in Afghanistan. Story

Reconstruction Team Aids Effort to
Oust Taliban from Patkia Province

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2009 – Afghans are working with the Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team to help convince villagers to reject the Taliban. Story

Stories

Building Projects Boost Efforts to
Remove Insurgents from Stronghold

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2009 – Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team engineers are overseeing nearly $100 million worth of projects. Story

Reconstruction Team Serves
On Front Line of War on Terror

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2009 – Members of the U.S.-led provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Paktika province have found themselves in "the center of gravity" on the war on terror. Story

Reporter's Notebook

Eatin' Good in Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, March 2, 2009 – I've eaten more lobster since I arrived here than I have in the past decade in the states. Don't tell my wife. She thinks I'm suffering. Story

Eastern Afghanistan Needs Roads

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – To say that Paktia province needs better roads is a bone-rattling understatement. Story

MRAPs Provide Safe Feeling

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2009 – I took my third trip off of the forward operating base here yesterday, and my third trip in a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle. Story

A Forward Operating Base View

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2009 - I’m not sure what the difference is between a forward operating base and a combat outpost, except maybe the size. Story

Forward Operating Base Gardez
‘Feels’ Like Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2009 - My journey started when I left Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28 on a weeklong intercontinental trek to Afghanistan where I would embed for 45 days U.S. forces. Story

Videos

NEW! Combat Outpost
Serves as Front Line in Fight
Coalition Forces Flex Muscles in Tangi Valley
Paktia Provincial Hospital
Security, Development Intertwined During War
Security Forces Provide Safety Net for PRT Mission
Provincial Leaders Meet
In Jani Khel District

Photo Essays