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Troops Learn to Adapt to Afghan Culture

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posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 10:32 AM
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June 04, 2009
Fayetteville Observer

In Afghanistan, American gestures such as the thumbs-up, the "OK" hand gesture or an open palm meaning stop are insulting or threatening.

And when Afghans want to indicate "come here," they extend their arms and wiggle their fingers with their palms down.

Those are the kinds of lessons company-level leaders from the 82nd Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team got Wednesday in classes on cultural awareness. They are preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan this summer.

Gene Vinson, an instructor from Fort Riley, Kan., told a group of a
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posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 10:32 AM
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Finally a story out of Afghanistan where our U.S. Armed Forces are actually learning to employ some better strategies like adapting to and respecting the Afghan culture.

This is a good change in my humble opinion. As an occupational army that is geared more towards policing and security than actual full blown and open combat this is exactly the kind of thinking that might get more of our men and women in uniform home safely in one piece.

Hopefully the members of the 82nd Airborne have success in their mission to embed in small groups with Afghan Security forces and train them.



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posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 10:35 AM
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"One of the key attributes is a true humility," said Lt. Col. Will Huff, commander of 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. "We have to see things through the lens of the Afghanis."


What a good approach and wise words for the military personnel on the ground!



posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 12:54 PM
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Wasn't this the recommended way to do it in the first place?

I remember (not sure who said it) - but - - the only way to approach the Afghanies & Muslims is from the bottom up. They have a very ancient and deeply entrenched culture.



posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 01:06 PM
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They have been teaching us that for along time now. Everytime a soldier deploys or is sent to an overseas unit we go through a culture indoctrine class.

This isn't something that has been recently introduced in the military.



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