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WSU Advises Army On Afghan Grapes

PICTURE Courtesy Of The Huffington Post PICTURE Courtesy Of The Huffington Post

 

SPOKANE, Wash. - Wars are not won with guns and bombs alone. Sometimes you need grapes.

A presentation developed at Washington State University teaches U.S. troops preparing for deployment to Afghanistan about that country's grape industry.

The goal is to help soldiers avoid trampling all over Afghanistan's vineyards, and thus avoid the wrath of grape-growing Afghan locals.

Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside Tacoma, Wash., heard the presentation in late March, as they were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

"I definitely notice my soldiers taking great care when moving through the grape fields, making sure not to step on the vines," said Lt. Brian Rodriguez of JBLM.  "Because of this, we have avoided a lot of villagers coming to our tactical infrastructure with claims of damaged grapevines."

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