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An enlightening experience

Ryan Casper pointing to Afghanistan on the map. The Ellsworth High School teacher spent nine months there as part of a military mission.1 / 4
Casper (on the left) assisting in the handing out of school suppliles to Afghan children as part of the Hearts and Minds mission.2 / 4
Afghan children displaying some of the new toys they received.3 / 4
"The Blue Mosque," the centerpiece of Mazar-e-Sharif, the Afghan city where Casper was stationed during his assignment.4 / 4

When Ryan Casper first set foot in Afghanistan, he couldn't help notice the way of life.

"With their lack of infrastructure, the standard of living was much worse than Iraq," he said. "It was like the Middle Ages."

Casper spent nine months in the country from September 2008 through last June as part of a military mission, where he helped assist Afghan medical personnel with their military.

This was the second mission overseas for the Ellsworth High School social studies teacher. In 2004-2005, Casper was a commander of a ground ambulance company in Iraq.

Along the way, Casper also established another Hearts and Minds tour to a downtrodden Afghanistan school.

For more please read the Oct. 7 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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