Monday, April 25, 2011
FORT GORDON, Ga.---As 58 members of the Georgia Army National Guard well know, not all missions involve weapons. Some are about corn, potatoes, other vegetables, and fruit, too.
Today is a first for Georgia. This morning's deployment sent off members of the very first Agri-Business Development Team to the Middle East. They have a special mission: to teach Afghan farmers how to grow food so they can be more self-sufficient.
"From the time we're small children, a lot of us have worked in 4-H or gone to schools and done a lot of these agri-business type skills," said Master Sergeant Dale Simpson. "So we bring this to the mission and to the unit. Again, it's a mission set that's unique to the Guard, and we're going to capitalize on it."
The shovel- and rifle-toting group will be deployed overseas for the next year, or about one growing season.