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Indiana National Guard Unit returns From Afghanistan

Last updated on Sunday, April 1, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team has returned from an 8 month deployment in Afghanistan.

The 60-member Indiana National Guard unit arrived at Stout Field to big hugs from loved ones. The soldiers and airmen spent their time working hand in hand with Afghan farmers and government officials to establish more efficient methods and to develop agricultural infrastructure within Khost province.

ADT members worked through the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and his 15 agricultural extension agents in order to establish effective relationships between the Government and their constituents.

Khost province is located on the eastern border of Afghanistan with Pakistan just north of Miram Shah, Pakistan. Khost is located in a bowl shaped depression that forms a unique micro-climate. Like most of Afghanistan, roughly 80% of the population is dependent upon agriculture not only for the food that they eat, but also for income. Khost is an ideal place for the ADT to conduct effective operations.

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