Provincial Reconstruction Teams, Pt. 3

Posted By: Erica

As I mentioned in the last two posts, PRTs (the military outposts across Afghanistan) often have discretionary funds to help them do projects in their surrounding communities. This is particularly true for American PRTs, who tend to be better funded than other NATO countries. Sometimes money isn’t enough though, particularly when it comes to doing sensitive humanitarian work.

I was sitting at home a few nights ago when one of the U.S. Army Sergeants I met briefly on a PRT visit called my mobile. I had briefed him on the US-funded program to help war victims (ACAP), but I quickly realized that he was calling about a very different problem.

CIVIC at Fort Irwin

Posted By: Jon

Jon Tracy

I spent March 3rd and 4th visiting and participating in training at the United States Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Located in the High Mojave Desert, Fort Irwin is the Army’s preeminent training center for soldiers. It provides realistic training for commanders and soldiers to prepare them for success in actual conflicts. The unique invitation to observe and engage in training at Fort Irwin allowed CIVIC to learn from the U.S. military and offer our perspective on how the military can do a better job of providing honest recognition to civilian casualties on the battlefield.