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Fort Campbell Rakkasans assist Afghan army with inspections and training

Posted By News Staff On Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In News | No Comments

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Task Force 3-101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers assigned to Company G, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined with the Afghan National Army’s 4th Kandak, 1st Infantry Brigade, 203rd Afghan Army Corps, on a partnership support mission in Qalandar District, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, January 8th, 2013.

Spc. Zachary Nattrass, a vehicle gunner assigned to Distribution Platoon, Company G, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), demonstrates the proper usage of a head space and timing gage for Afghan National Army soldiers on a M2 Browning .50 calibre machine gun at an ANA outpost in Qalandar District, Afghanistan, Jan. 8, 2013. The class was held in conjunction with a partnership mission to assist ANA forces with security in their area of operations. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army) [1]

Spc. Zachary Nattrass, a vehicle gunner assigned to Distribution Platoon, Company G, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), demonstrates the proper usage of a head space and timing gage for Afghan National Army soldiers on a M2 Browning .50 calibre machine gun at an ANA outpost in Qalandar District, Afghanistan, Jan. 8, 2013. The class was held in conjunction with a partnership mission to assist ANA forces with security in their area of operations. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

During the mission, the Rakkasans and Afghan troops visited an ANA combat outpost in order to inspect their security and structures, check their supplies and conduct training on the Browning M2 .50 calibre machine gun, a weapon donated to the Afghan troops to help secure the compound.

Spc. Zachary Nattrass, a vehicle gunner assigned to Company G, conducted the class while Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fairley, a platoon sergeant with the company, led a foot patrol outside the compound in order to inspect the outer walls in search of any vulnerable areas for possible insurgent infiltration.

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