By Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. StumpJune 16, 2011
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 16, 2011) -- Sgt. Maria A. Jimenez deployed from the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade and arrived in Afghanistan in January on a yearlong tour.
She serves as an information systems operator analyst for Task Force Biometrics in Parwan Province.
"I install software and maintain computers to make sure that users can access their email and the Internet," Jimenez said. "I make sure they have the proper software needed to be able to do their jobs. If a computer isn't working, it's my job to get it up and running again."
Jimenez said her work is critical to keeping service members from Task Force Biometrics in constant communications for the geographically separated unit elements.
"My job contributes to the mission by making sure users have access to the correct shared drives [and] software and are able to log into their computer," the sergeant said. "If they get locked out, it's my job to unlock their accounts or reset their password."
Four months into her tour, Jimenez has helped the communications shop by fixing computers, getting them added to the network and getting new phones configured for use.
Jimenez joined the Army in 2004 after graduating high school in San Diego. She is the second member of her family to enlist in the Army, joining her older brother Sgt. Javier Jimenez, stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.
Headquarted in Kabul, Task Force Biometrics is a subordinate Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 command. Biometrics allows Afghan and ISAF forces to precisely target terrorists and insurgents operating in Afghanistan. The technology allows forces to gather fingerprints and DNA, for example, from documents or unexploded IEDs and match identities to negative events.
CJIATF-435 oversees all detention operations at the detention facility in Parwan. The task force ensures the safe and humane custody, control and care of detained persons. CJIATF-435, in partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and U.S. interagency and international partners, conducts operations in detention, corrections, the judicial sector and biometrics.
CJIATF-435 is conducting a conditions-based transition of detention operations to Afghan control while promoting Rule of Law practices.