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Minn. Guard, Croatian and Afghan partners deliver supplies to orphanage

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army, Croatian Army and Minnesota Army National Guard's Operational Mentoring Liaison Team (OMLT), delivered school supplies and toys to 160 children of the Bibi Fatemah Orphanage, in Masar-e-Sharif, 27 Jan 

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Armies from three different countries, Afghanistan, Croatia and America, worked together in this Humanitarian Aid effort "It feels very good to help children who are less fortunate than my own children," said Afghan National Army Captain Ahmad Shah Safi "We hope to do more events like this in the future"

The children need winter clothes more than any other item, but Spring is just around the corner here

"We want to thank all of the families and friends of our American teammates for sending all of these school supplies," said Croatian Army Major Romeo Stokic "Americans are extremely supportive of soldiers and we are happy to be a part of this"

We especially want to thank, the LaSalle Academy in Shillington, Pennsylvania, and Washington Elementary in New Ulm, Minnesota for very large donations

"This was a huge all around success," said Minnesota Army National Guard OMLT 1st Sgt Christopher Popelka "Not only because we donated school supplies to an orphanage in need, but we also integrated our Croatian Teammates and put an Afghan face on it  It's the first time our Afghan Army counterparts have done something like this  The Afghan Army soldiers, whom we mentor, really enjoyed contributing to helping improve the lives of the Afghan people"

With Sincere Appreciation, Thank You!

Joseph G Christenson
Operational Mentoring Liaison Team III
27 Jan 2011


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