SPIN BOLDAK, AFGHANISTAN - New York Army National Guard Col. Alden Saddlemire greets Afghan children near the distric center here July 23. Saddlemire, deployed as the deputy commander of the area&rsquot;s Security Force Assistance Team, was in Spin Boldak for meetings with the U.S. State Department and the Afghan district governor Mohammad Hasim Agha, along with elders of the province. Courtesy photo.