'Desert Rogue' Soldiers, Working to advance local Afghan population
By 2HBCT Public Affairs June 14, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Soldiers of 1st 'Desert Rogue' Battalion, 64th Armor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division have been deployed to the Kandahar Province Afghanistan for only two months, but, in that short time, they have been able to make an impact on the community through the Commander Emergency Relief fund.
The 'Desert Rogue' Soldiers are working to advance the local population in Afghanistan; each month, funds are allotted through the Commander's Emergency Relief Program for improvements within the area of operation surrounding the Forward Operating Base in Lindsey, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
"This month there have been 20 wells developed across the district. The development of culverts has also improved the community's irrigation systems," Lt. Col. Charles Armstrong said, commander, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment. "There are approximately 42 wells that will be developed within the next month, allowing the Afghans easy access to water during the hot summer months."
Lt. Col. Armstrong said, "On daily patrols the Soldiers are constantly alert to finding new ways to improve the living conditions of the Afghans and to give back to their community. By identifying the needs of the people we can make improvements and help our Afghan partners in making their country stronger each and every day."
"Although our U.S. Soldiers are assisting, it is the Afghan government and the Afghan contractors who are taking the lead on all projects. This has helped improve the local populace opinion of their government and is showing what their government can do for them," 1st Lt. Alyssa Stutzman said, 1/64 AR, Public Affairs representative.