FRIDAY FOTO (March 11, 2011)

March 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

From Your Friends in Wahoo, Neb.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Anna Rutherford)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Herndon hands out wooden toys to village children in Paktika province, Afghanistan, March 9, 2011. Herndon, a Nebraska National Guardsman (Note the ear of corn design on the sergeant’s shoulder patch if you click on the image to enlarge), is assigned to the 623rd Engineer Company, out of Wahoo, Nebraska. You can’t get much more American-sounding than that. The Cornhuskers, along with the 1249th Engineer Battalion of the Oregon National Guard are part of Task Force Gridley, which has been helping Afghan villagers with construction, medical and agricultural projects.

Paktika, which sits along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, is a prime infiltration route for fighters coming from Pakistan’s tribal areas. But the violence isn’t limited to insurgents and coalition troops. .

We know we’ve run photos like this in the past, but of all the photos available this week, this one — to our way of thinking — had the best composition, color and human interest. In short, just a good photo. Also, we don’t run nearly enough pix of the citizen soldiers of the National Guard.

By the way, here’s a link to a NATO channel video on YouTube about some of the security problems in Paktika province.

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