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Afghanistan National Army soldiers observe as paratroopers from 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, demonstrate how to properly hold the M-240B medium machine gun during a joint operation with the ANA Sunday in the Paktya Province of eastern Afghanistan.
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Paratroopers from A Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, provided security and mentorship for the Afghanistan National Army during an information operations and key leader engagement Sunday in the Paktya Province in eastern Afghanistan.
A Troop created a secure atmosphere in which the Afghanistan National Army was able to interact with the community, bringing the locals information and building relationships.
"As we conduct security in conjunction with the ANA, we are also mentoring them," said A Troop platoon leader 2nd Lt. Timothy Roy. "We are working with them to build their capacity so they are able to take over the security operations as well."
With the assistance of A Troop, the Afghanistan National Army handed out radios to the local population to help them better acquire knowledge of area current events.
The 1-40th Soldiers also disseminated fliers that encouraged support of the Afghanistan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces and identified wanted insurgency leaders.
A local radio broadcaster accompanied the Soldiers, carrying out interviews with the locals that area residents later listened to on their new radios.
"The information operation was definitely a success today," Roy said, adding the response from the community was positive and progress is under way.
A leader from the Paktya Province of eastern Afghanistan hands out radios to area tribal leaders to improve information distribution efforts Sunday during a joint operation with the Afghanistan National Army and International Security Assistant Forces from the 1-40th.