CENTREVILLE — Thousands of miles from home, one Centreville resident is making an impressive impact on the lives of Afghani children and women. Less than a year ago, CW3 Kaylan Harrington, Maryland Army National Guard Unit- Special Operations Detachment (stationed out of Towson), deployed to a small camp south of Kabul, Afghanistan and immediately saw a need. Since the drawdown of troops, most of the non-governmental funding to local schools, and education efforts have dropped, or are now non-existent. The girls are the littlest victims of Afghanistan and continue to suffer the most — 85 percent of them are illiterate. Most of them are married and pregnant by 14. All of them live in constant fear of being attacked simply for being a female. “This wasn’t our mission ... but it moved us,” said Harrington. “It started with a school and exploded into a cause. With a small team of volunteer soldiers and an army of support from around the world, we started to tackle the problem.”

Harrington said her unit’s primary mission there is to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command in its initial Special Forces school training, as well as mentoring them in many of their staff functions like intelligence collection, operations and things like supply and logistics.

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