By SGT. KANDI HUGGINS
Women of the International Security Assistance Forces within the Zabul Province, continue supporting the efforts of training, mentoring and assisting the people of Afghanistan by carrying out the duties and responsibilities entailed by their specific job.
All except a select few, who not only fulfill their daily tasks, but also have taken on the additional duty of being guardian angels.
In March 2012, U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan assigned guardian angels as part of a series of increased security measures to protect troops against possible rogue attacks.
“GAs effect the overall mission success because, if you have to constantly worry about your surroundings, how can you accomplish the mission?” said Sgt. 1st Class Wendi Jeter, Operations Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. “Having a GA present cuts down on the key leaders having to constantly be vigilant (on security), and allows them to concentrate on the mission at hand.”
During a shura held in the Tarnek Wa Jaldek District Sept. 18, Jeter, along with the other guardian angels, provided security for Combined Task Force Duke’s Female Engagement Team. During the shura they assisted with providing medical care and a safe environment for the local women to have the opportunity to register to vote.
So far Jeter has conducted three shura and three key leader engagement missions.
The good experiences she has witnessed so far is being able to see how fantastic their team performs, from the medics, translators, to the Directorate of Women Affairs, and their guardian angels.
“The combination of us all proves to be effective by the success of the mission’s we have conducted,” said Jeter.
With their primary jobs ranging from military police, human resource specialist, analyst, medic, to operations sergeant, Jeter said they conduct training to ensure they are all operating on the same sheet of music.
“Being a GA on a FET team allows you the opportunity to see a different view of our Afghan partners,” said Jeter. “It is one of the hardest jobs I have had to do because you have to always be focused and constantly have your guard up. It is an honor and a privilege to work with these fine young ladies and to be a part of the FET team.”