We received an email from Army first lieutentant Andrew George. Lt George is on an advisory team that works with Afghan security forces. He says, "It is very apparent that Spirit of America understands the nature of this operational environment and is skilled at identifying, prioritizing, and predicting critical needs." Lt George's team has a difficult mission, and Spirit of America recently provided his Afghan counterparts with cameras, GPS devices, and a solar-powered printer.
Here's his email in full:
Spirit of America,
On behalf of Security Force Assistance Team Six, I would like to thank you for investing in our team's mission here in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Your contributions have allowed us to take our Afghan counterparts to the next level, which is one step closer to total operational independence.
One of our primary goals focuses on giving the Afghans long term and sustainable assets. Along with the training that has accompanied your gifts, the gifts themselves fit perfectly into that mantra. A prime example is the printer with a solar panel system you provided for the National Directorate of Security. We are already seeing them take pride and ownership, and are extremely eager to learn everything we know about the device.
The fact is, there are many things given to Afghans that do not take common sense into consideration and therefore are squandered after a few months. It is very apparent that Spirit of America understands the nature of this operational environment and is skilled at identifying, prioritizing, and predicting critical needs. Thank you very much for all of your support.
Afghanistan Field Rep