Agricultural Developments

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

After hitting the ground running, the KY ADT has spent the last month getting a sound footing in our area of operations.  Upon arrival, we took over 25 active projects that were being handled by the Nebraska ADT.  Our first mission was to establish good quality control on the projects. Some examples of existing projects include bee hives and saffron projects in each of our four provinces and headed by Sgt. Jo Lisa Ashley; an Al Bironi University land leveling project in the Kapisa Province headed by Maj. Jim Rush; Veterinarian Field Unit canal repair in Bamyan Province headed by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Petett; Kabul University Veterinarian Training Center in Charikar headed by Lt. Col. Carney Jackson; green house, grape trellising and drip irrigation projects in Parwan Province headed by Lt. Col. Toby Peterson, and numerous marketing initiatives headed up by Capt. Bobby Cabaniss.  The projects listed are only a small portion of the work we are doing to help the Afghan people.  In order to accomplish all of these tasks, the Ag Team rolls out of the gate on a daily basis.

It has taken an enormous effort by Capt. Jeremy Ballard, Sgt. 1st Class James Ray, and Staff Sgt. Chris Ramsey to look at and analyze each contract.  This effort has taken many man-hours and caused this group of dedicated Soldiers and Airmen to burn the midnight oil on many occasions.  In turn, their efforts have made it possible for the unit’s leadership to get a firm grasp on all projects.  Two of the team’s greatest assets have been Staff Sgt. Ray Norris and Staff Sgt. Estill Combs.  These Airmen have been on numerous missions and their knowledge of land leveling and terrain features have been invaluable.  Our leadership represented by Lt. Col. Ruth Graves and Lt. Col. Todd Ewing have been very active and hands on.  It is exciting to watch these 14 talented Soldiers and Airmen come together and work as one team.

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