8 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-280

Incoming PRT leaders visit Mehtar Lam, survey flood damage

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Key leaders of ISAF’s incoming Mehtar Lam Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) visited Mehtar Lam and surveyed flood damage just north of the Laghman provincial capital, April 4.  Lt Col Robert Ricci, the incoming PRT commander, and Lt Col Brad Bredenkamp, the outgoing commander, visited project sites in the city and met with Afghan National Security Forces security trainers.

The commanders, joined by Civil Affairs personnel and engineers, toured government buildings, major project sites and security facilities in the capital.

As part of a separate convoy, Capt Jaime Bates, leader of the incoming PRT’s Civil Affairs Team-A, and Capt. Matthew Brennan, the incoming PRT civil engineer, visited projects on the Alishang River to assess damage caused by the flooding on April 1.

The flooding inflicted substantial damage in the Alishang region, wiping out walls, bridges and enormous progress on many projects. Though impressed by the scale of the damage, the PRT leaders were not daunted.

“The devastation caused by the flood is simply a setback,” said Capt Paul McCarthy, the current PRT CAT-A leader. “The Laghman government officials are working diligently with a variety of organizations, including the PRT, to restore the province. We are working with Governor [Gulab] Mangal to address the most immediate needs and develop a plan to repair the damaged roads and bridges.”

Staff Sgt James Miller, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the incoming PRT CAT-A, said the reconnaissance inspired him to work hard on behalf of the people he’ll spend the next year with.  “There’s more motivation for us to rebuild and continue to improve the living conditions for the people of Afghanistan,” he said.

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