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The U.S. military is continuing to improve and expand bases in eastern Afghanistan as more troops pour into the area.

According to a news release issued Thursday, “smaller facilities are developing briskly in the aftermath of the establishment of a brigade-sized ‘footprint’ in the northeast.”

In recent months, the military has pushed farther into areas of Regional Command-East where they previously had not had a permanent presence.

Army officials have said the 173rd Airborne Brigade likely will be stationed in the area after it deploys to Afghanistan.

One of the main construction projects is a new aid station on Jalalabad Airfield.

Soldiers with the 76th Engineer Company and 864th Engineer Battalion are doing most of the construction and improvements, including work on the medical facility.

“We are knocking out walls, creating doorways and building an operating room,” Cpl. Michael Parker, an engineer, said of the aid station.

“When we finish, it should be a fully functional field hospital.”

The expansions and improvements include “B-hut” wood housing construction for troops.

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