This work is the result of the author’s deployment as a US Army soldier with the Texas Agribusiness Development Team II (143rd Long-Range Surveillance Detachment, 36th Infantry Division) in Ghazni Afghanistan during 2009.
I would like to thank my university and department for travel support to present this work at the 13th biennial meeting of the International Association of Military Geosciences at the University of Padova. Thank you to the reviewers and editors for their constructive comments. The direct motivation and encouragement to continue promoting these efforts is in thanks to my wife, who always encourages me and is my travel companion in this life; Krystyna Kowalski, thank you for all.
Finally, I would like to remember my soldier-expert battle buddies, Christopher N. Staats, a staff sergeant and renewable natural-resources expert, and A. Gabriel Green, a sergeant and farm-management expert, who were killed in action on October 16, 2009, while on a soldier-expert mission in Ghazni Province Afghanistan.