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TF Iron Rakkasan transfers authority to TF Red Currahee

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade from the 101st Division September 10th.

The Iron Rakkasans did not return home; instead they moved west to Ghazni Province.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, and Afghan National Army Commander Zamaray exchange gifts of gratitude for their partnership over the past six months in Paktika Province. On Sept. 10th, Task Force Iron Rakkasan, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade from the 101st Abn. Div. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, and Afghan National Army Commander Zamaray exchange gifts of gratitude for their partnership over the past six months in Paktika Province. On Sept. 10th, Task Force Iron Rakkasan, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade from the 101st Abn. Div. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

As the two units celebrated the passing of the torch from TF Iron Rakkasan to TF Red Currahee, it also marked another monumental occasion for the two units. As the Iron Rakkasans continue the fight in Ghazni, the two battalions find themselves fighting shoulder-to-shoulder for the first time since May 1969 when the two battalions fought on Dong Ap Bia Mountain in the Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat from Delaware, OH, commander of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry and U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack from Roanoke, VA, commander of 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry look forward to fighting together to secure the populations of Ghazni and Paktika provinces. This TOA is one of the final pieces of the surge – American battalions will now be conducting counterinsurgency operations in two critical provinces.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, a Delaware, Ohio, native, gives his final farewell to Paktika Province’s Afghan National Security Forces and government officials Sept. 10th. Task Force Iron Rakkasan conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, a Delaware, Ohio, native, gives his final farewell to Paktika Province’s Afghan National Security Forces and government officials Sept. 10th. Task Force Iron Rakkasan conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

“The TOA ceremony marks much more than just an unveiling of colors,” said U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson from Lansing, MI “It’s difficult to relinquish responsibility in Paktika after all we have done here. I am glad to see it staying in the hands of the 101st Screaming Eagles. I cannot think of anyone I trust more to continue the mission here in Paktika then the Red Currahees. We look forward to working with them as we continue the mission in eastern Ghazni.”

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, a Roanoke, VA, native, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Judd from Fort Campbell, KY, unveil their Red Currahee Battalion colors, officially taking responsibility of western Paktika Province Sept. 10th. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, a Roanoke, VA, native, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Judd from Fort Campbell, KY, unveil their Red Currahee Battalion colors, officially taking responsibility of western Paktika Province Sept. 10th. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)


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