Michiganian Plays Big Role in US Afghanistan Exit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DeWITT, Mich. (AP) -- As the U.S. military prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan, a Lansing-area high school graduate has a key role in winding down America's presence there.

Forty-six-year-old Col. Michael J. Price is leading the Army Corps of Engineer's effort to conclude the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

Two months into that assignment, the DeWitt High School graduate says the U.S. military is "turning over the country to the Afghans to provide their own security." He tells the Lansing State Journal it's an important job he hopes he doesn't "screw up."

Price says his mission has been "extremely difficult" because of the many challenges.

Price is handling 350 separate projects. The most significant of them is repairing the Salang Tunnel, a 1.6-mile link on the main road connecting Kabul with northern Afghanistan.

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