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    ANA in Shinkai district ‘clean the way’ for local residents

    ANA in Shinkai district ‘clean the way’ for local residents

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough | Sgt. Nick Lightwine and Sgt. Rob Logue, 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment, Task...... read more read more

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWEENEY, AFGHANISTAN

    02.19.2012

    Story by Sgt. Christopher McCullough 

    1-2 SBCT, 7th Infantry Division

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWEENEY, Afghanistan – Old man winter has Afghanistan's Shinkai district – a remote mountain community situated 6,343 feet up in the eastern fringes of the Sur Ghar mountain range – in its frosty grip. Here, the Afghan mountains normally bring about long, cold winters, though this year the deep chill is longer and colder than usual, according to the locals.

    Most recently, a 3-day storm dumped snow in excess of 24 inches in parts of the district, affecting the movement of local residents and leaving many of the outlying villages completely isolated.

    Not content to leave their community homebound, the 1st Kandak, 205th Corps of the Afghan National Army, set into motion a mission to clear the roads to and from the local bazaar, in conjunction with Battle Company, 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment, Task Force 1st Squadron 14th Cavalry Regiment.

    “The snow clearance was actually conducted at the request of the ANA,” said Capt. Joe Mickley, commander, Battle Company, 5-20 Infantry. “They wanted to enable the population to gravitate to the local bazaar so they could get the basic goods and services that they’re accustomed to during the winter months.”

    So the ANA teamed up with Battle Company and did a combined mounted patrol utilizing a contracted bulldozer to clear the 4-kilometer route from FOB Sweeney, through the Shinkai Bazaar, all the way to Menden Kheyl, one of the major population centers in Shinkai district.

    “We also plowed up to the village of Shinkai, which is just to the east of FOB Sweeney. It’s also another major population center here in Shinkai district,” said Mickley.

    Overall, the assistance from the ANA, and Battle Company, 5-20 Infantry, was received with overwhelming support from the villages, where locals were very appreciative.

    “They were glad to have us out there,” Mickley said. “They were glad to see the ANA out there opening the route – ‘cleaning the way,’ as they call it – allowing them to traffic back and forth to the bazaar.”

    Since that day, the snows have largely melted and the locals here have resumed their normal movements throughout the district. However, should old man winter decide to pummel Shinkai district again, the local residents here can be sure that their local ANA unit – the 1st Kandak – together with Battle Company, 5-20 Infantry, will be on hand to clear the roads so that people here can make the trip to the bazaar and get the goods or services they need.

    “They said this was a good thing, and they would like us to continue to do it in the future,” said Mickley.

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    Date Taken: 02.19.2012
    Date Posted: 03.03.2012 05:04
    Story ID: 84674
    Location: FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWEENEY, AF 

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