Wednesday, 1 December 2010

ADT - an isle of sanity

I cannot say enough good things about the Agribusiness Development Teams that work in Afghanistan. These National Gaurd units come over with both a security and an agricultural unit, and work exclusively on agriculture development and education. The Kansas, Iowa and Missouri units work in, respectively, the provinces of Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar, and I feel fortunate to have been able to work with all three of these as their strategy of education and government capacity development makes more sense than just building a bunch of stuff the Afghans may say they want but don't really know how to use. The top picture shows Kansas ADT COL Ditamo clowning with CPT McMullen, LTC Stockfleth, the Ag team leader for Iowa (and classmate of my wife's!) and LTC Legg, an attorney who serves as the Missouri Ag Teams lead. Both Kansas and Missouri are on their 4th unit here, enormously helpful for the continuity of their operations.


  1. Great looking troops! Tom, it was a pleasure meeting you. Of course my best memory of you will be playing guitar for the Afghan girls, but your work and bravery serving alongside our military members will be remembered by us all. I hope those at home acknowledge your efforts to assist with both the U.S. and Afghan efforts to bring peace and prosperity to the world.