Lt. Gen. Thomas Burnette, retired, talks to the leadership of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, about counterinsurgency operations during a three-day seminar at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Feb. 5-7. "You have to figure out why this mission is important," Burnette said. "You have to be able to explain that to anyone who asks." The seminar covered topics such as working with host nations, the history, culture, and religion of Afghanistan, and stability forces assistance operations. "This seminar provided a good understanding of the complexities and challenges we'll be facing on our next deployment," Lt. Col. Michael Braun, commander of Brigade Troops Battalion, 1-25th, said. "I've been to Afghanistan four times and I still learned a lot the last couple days, especially about the evolving nature of our mission there." Burnette focused on the topic of working with our Afghan partners and understanding and overcoming cultural differences. "Treating each other with dignity and respect is vital to this mission," Burnette said. "We're there to help them develop solutions that work in their Afghan world, not our Afghan world." (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Blalack,1-25th SBCT Public Affairs)
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