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Farmers in Fatigues: The Texas Guard in Afghanistan

The Texas National Guard is on a five-year mission in Afghanistan to help farmers build sustainable agriculture. In part one of this four-part series for KUT Radio, Douglas Wissing reports on the team's mission in this complicated war zone.

By Douglas Wissing
The ADT assists on agricultural development projects in Ghazni such as this warehouse. Here the contractor and a supervisor wait while the ADT does the final inspection. ADT security soldiers stand guard at the rear.


In response to complaints from Afghan civilians, last week NATO commanders released changes to their policy on conducting raids at night. The raids have been among the biggest concerns for Afghans, as military forces try to win the battle for the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians.

Soldiers are also vying for civilians’ trust on another front: agriculture.

The men and women of the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team are trying to win the war by helping Afghan farmers with agriculture, irrigation, and animal breeding projects.


In the process, the Texas ADT soldiers are also trying to survive in a place where danger lurks around every corner.

In this four-part series from KUT Radio, Douglas Wissing reports on the team’s mission in Afghanistan’s complicated war zone.

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