AFGHANISTAN: Fox 41 lands with KY AG team
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (WDRB Fox 41) -- It's an 8 1/2 hour time difference, but members of the Kentucky National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team are starting to shake the jet lag.
They arrived in Afghanistan just a few days ago.
After a trip across the Atlantic Ocean and a stop over in Kyrgyzstan, the Kentucky AG team is already going out on missions, but at the same time they're having to get comfortable here at their new home at Bagram Airfield.
Halfway around the world, it's been a long journey for these Kentucky Guardsmen.
"Just trying to find our way around post and find our way around where we live," said Maj. Doug Clay, from Georgetown, KY
"Long days, long days I think light is up at four the sun goes down at 7 so very long days," said Sgt. Quatrina Bilbrew, lives near Fort Campbell.
We're getting acclimated to the climate here and all the dust and sneezing," said Lt. Col. Jeff Casada, from London, KY.
It's been a long trip for our Fox 41 News crew as well.
Lindsay and Photographer Kenny Bradley caught a ride aboard one of the Mississippi National Guard's C-17's. It was carrying medical supplies to the Middle East.
After four long days of travel, Fox 41 arrived in Bagram to find a unit still trying to get used to their new life, including their crowded and humble living quarters.
"I think this B hut has about 8 mini rooms in it and if you can see its about 8 by 8 enough room for a bed," said Lt. Col. Casada.
The hardest part is missing their families back home.
"My daughter and I've got a very large extended family at home. I've got a 13-year-old little girl," said Spc. Billie Jo Brown, from Radcliff, KY
This week marked the changing of command on base. Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division is now in charge of operations.
And while the journey is just beginning for one unit, it ends for another.
Sgt. James Ray of Louisville is with the Kentucky AG team unit that's been here since last August.
"It's been dusty, hot, cold and then back dusty," said Sgt. James Ray, from Louisville.
He's getting ready to head back home and says he'll leave Afghanistan with a new perspective. It's a constant reminder of their mission and why they're here.
"Be thankful for what you have because these people have nothing, nothing at all," said Sgt. Ray.
What's unique about the work the AG team does is their direct interaction with the Afghan people. Through our series of reports in Afghanistan, Fox 41 hopes to show that their mission is not just about knocking down doors, but trying to build up this very fragile economy.