Last month, the 1-64 Armor Battalion held a luncheon in Daman, Kandahar to present a newly renovated district center (DC) to the incoming District Governor (DG). Over the course of their deployment, the unit worked tirelessly with USAID and GIRoA officials to completely revamp the complex in order to help the Afghans become more self-reliant in governance and agriculture. This overhaul included a refurbished DG office (repaired roof, paneled walls, and new furniture), an improved shura hall, a vet center, an agriculture training room, and a greenhouse to support government employees with assisting farmers to learn better techniques and practices.
All of the line ministers were in attendance including the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock as well the Director of Education. Spirit of America helped fund the afternoon meal which consisted of lamb, beef, rice, bread, and cold drinks.
This lunch allowed the government leadership, USF, and Afghan Security Forces to engage in camaraderie and come together to celebrate the beginnings of a fruitful and prosperous center. It also gave members of the incoming battalion an opportunity to meet their Afghan counterparts and get spun up on all of the extensive revisions made to the DC. With these new amenities, the locals and village elders can now use these facilities to become better educated and subsequently impart this knowledge to other farmers so they can increase their livelihood with healthier crops and livestock.
The unit was very grateful that SoA could support this endeavor when they had no money available to finance this important gathering. The Civil Affairs Officer recently wrote to me: "On behalf of TF 1-64AR, I just wanted to thank you for your assistance with the funds to host a lunch shura with the new District Governor of Daman, prior to our departure. We have enjoyed working with you during this deployment and wish you and Spirit of America well in the future. Again, thank you for your support and efforts." Overall, their hard work with GIRoA leaders have helped ease the transition as Afghans progress in taking the lead with continually less assistance from coalition forces. Additionally, the meal was a great way to close out the tour and highlight successes made in the district.
Afghanistan Field Rep