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Zabul ADT Friends and Partners October 6th, 2011

Dear Friends, After more than six months of training, endless preparation on the part of our team, and help from Camp Atterbury, IN T 812 526 1499 ext. 2103 eric.ahlness@us.army.mil @ZabulADT 20 W. 12th St. on Twitter St. Paul, MN 55124 T 612.812.3070 eric.ahlness@us.army.mil

you, the Zabul ADT has finally mobilized to Camp Atterbury, Indiana and will soon undergo the last phase of our training. Let me very sincerely thank each of you for the part you’ve played in this effort. To many, deployments must seem as if they happen automatically, but we all know differently. My entire team is extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from the Agricultural community. Further, the grand send off from our friends and family during the deployment ceremony will sustain our team during the hard days and long nights ahead of us. Let me stress, however, that one of our main priorities is to maintain the relationships and lines of communication that allowed us to be successful during the pre-mobilization period. We have a team of experts, but know we don’t have the answer to every question asked of us, or the solution to every problem we face. In the next few weeks we’ll make an effort to connect with you via facebook and use a secure page as a marketplace to ask questions, post pictures, and have discussions about the issues we’re facing in Zabul province. To connect more quickly, click this link and friend me on Facebook, I’ll add you to the “marketplace” and we can begin this important conversation. In the next few weeks we’ll engage in our capstone training: refresher events, skills and final weapons training, and then a culminating training exercise that will encompass all of the soldier skills we’ve learned thus far as well as the “nuts and bolts” execution of our agricultural mission. This will be a busy and challenging time, but not too busy to continue to shape our reachback process and develop a lively discussion. By all means please let me know if you have difficulty connecting via Facebook or if you have questions or suggestions as we move into theater. Also, please be patient as communications may be difficult during the transition. Again, many thanks for your continued support. Best Regards,

Eric D. Ahlness Colonel, Infantry Zabul Agricultural Development Team Commanding


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