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    The Power of Communication; Afghan Air Force delivers radios to Balkh province



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jared Walker 

    438th Air Expeditionary Wing

    MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan - Members of the Afghan Air Force, Afghan National Army and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan advisors distributed solar powered, hand-cranked radios, provided by Radio Azadi, to the surrounding villages of Meymaneh, in Balkh province Nov.27.

    The villagers are without TV or radio contact with the rest of Afghanistan. Bringing the news to these villages will provide the local populace with the efforts their government and coalition is providing them.

    Lt. Col. Nhat-Thomas D. Tran, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group Deputy Commander and ANA Gen. Weza worked together to set up the mission to Meymaneh. Col. Tran said that Gen Weza's demeanor was very positive throughout their time together, which lead to a successful mission.

    Col. Tran is scheduling for the remaining 1,000 Radio Azadi radios to be delivered within the next two weeks with support of AAF, ANA, and NATC-A personnel. Tran is planning to distribute more radios to Feyzabad, Fakhar, Taloquan and the surrounding area in the near future.

    Radio Adazi is located in Kabul, Afghanistan and provides broadcasts 12 hours a day in both Pashtun and Dari with distribution being on FM, AM and the internet. More than 7.9 million Afghans listen to Radio Azadi weekly.

    The purpose of the radio distribution is to help the Afghan population, especially in rural and isolated villages, become more informed. Another objective is to show Afghan citizens that the Afghan authorities and the international community care about their welfare.



    Date Taken: 11.28.2010
    Date Posted: 11.28.2010 08:32
    Story ID: 60975
    Location: MAZAR-E-SHARIF, AF

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