For the past couple of days, I have been visiting Tarin Kot, a district in Uruzgan Province, which is actually battlespace owned by the Australians. The Provincial Reconstruction Team here (a group comprised of military personnel and subject matter experts focused on reconstruction efforts) is made up of Australian and American military and public servants. They are all working together to help promote stability, security, and good governance while gradually transitioning responsibility over to GIRoA (Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) and the Afghan security forces.
Field Rep Chrissy Burbach with the Civil Affairs Team
I also met with individuals from the Combined Team Uruzgan who are responsible for mentoring and advising the Afghan security forces and the Afghan government. This headquarters consists of personnel from the United States, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, and Slovakia, all enabling the host nation to stand on its own two feet.
I came here to meet with some of the U.S. Army folks as well as members of the PRT. So far, they seem genuinely interested in enlisting Spirit of America's support, and I look forward to working with them in the near future. Here is a picture of me with Civil Affairs members from a U.S. Army Reserve unit based out of California. They are able to bring their expertise from civilian life and apply it here to the conflict abroad.
Afghanistan Field Rep