FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Feb. 14, 2013) -- The district of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, is moving forward after government, military and civilian leaders met at the district center Feb. 11, to discuss the future of the district and to help ensure stability.

The meeting set a precedent by bringing together all of the key leaders in the district for the first time in order to promote cooperation and share problems and successes.

The leaders included the district governor, executive director, Afghan Uniformed and Border Police commanders, justice representatives, the mayor and influential businessmen and civilians.

"Today was the first time all of the players have gotten together," said Capt. Megan E. Piene, the commander of A Company, 81st Civil Affairs Battalion, from Fort Hood, Texas, which makes up part of the Spin Boldak District Support Team. "This is the first time this has ever happened. Where the military and civil side of government comes together."

"We had a nice discussion," said Mohammad Agha, the Spin Boldak district governor. "We were able to discuss a lot of the problems and solve most of them."

The problems that were mentioned were similar to those that might be brought up in town meetings in the United States. They included legal processes, infrastructure, commerce, health care, schools and security cooperation.

"This solves a problem district wide," said Piene. "So people aren't just concentrated in their little areas."

"We want to make sure that we coordinate," said Agha. "We all should sit down and present a problem so that we can come up with a solution."

Ultimately, the group agreed that having more coordination meetings would be the start to finding solutions to most of the problems in the district.

With more such meetings, the leaders of the Spin Boldak district can lay their problems on the table and solve them with everyone's input, said Piene.

"We concluded that, if you belong to any group, we all need to have meetings and discuss our concerns," said Agha. "Everybody needs to take their own responsibilities."