Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell was born Jan. 8, 1981 in Chicago. He is currently a U.S. Army Reserve photojournalist team leader assigned to the 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Cary, N.C. As a team leader, he is attached to the public affairs office, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based out of eastern Afghanistan's Forward Operating Base Fenty.
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Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Nazawaly wants to be a doctor. But with her right hand wrapped in gauze, it’s hard for the 8-year-old Afghan girl to even write her homework. She winces when she tries to use it, so she writes her lessons with her left hand. Even though it’s a weekday, she’s not in school.
“She’s super tough; a tough little girl,” said U.S. Army Capt. Adam W. Racusin, an orthopedic surgeon. “It’s all right, sweetie.”
Nazawaly tried not to pull her hand away from the doctor as she whimpered in pain.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Multimedia on a patrol high up in Chowkay District’s Dewegal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Insurgents were mortaring Combat Outpost Fortress and orchestrating their attacks on International Security Assistance Forces and civilians alike from deep within the valley. «Read the rest of this article»
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus re-enlisted 113 Task Force No Slack Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan, April 11th.
TF No Slack is the first battalion in the 101st Airborne Division and all of Afghanistan to make their re-enlistment quota for fiscal year 2011 during some of the most intense fighting of Operation Enduring Freedom said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert A. Reynolds, a career counselor from Clarksville, Tennessee, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – As the sun shone brightly, U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus awarded two Silver Star Medals to Task Force No Slack Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province April 11th.
The Silver Star recipients, U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Decatur, GA., and U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua L. Bostic, a squad leader from Spring City, Tennessee, assigned to Company C, both from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said the weather during Operation Strong Eagle III in Marawara District was anything but sunny.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers held a memorial service for six fallen U.S. Soldiers from Task Force No Slack at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan April 9th.
The U.S. Army Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, died during combat operations in Barawolo Kalay and Sarowbay in Kunar Province’s Marawara District March 29th.
The deceased included: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, from Hialeah, FL; Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski, from Moosup, CT; Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess, from Cleburne, Texas; Spc. Dustin J. Feldhaus, from Glendale, AZ; Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog, from Pleasanton, CA; and Pfc. Jeremy P. Faulkner, from Griffin, GA.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – “I can say that I’ve led this platoon into more ambushes than any other point man here on this deployment,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel S. Gray with a toothy grin and slow, southern accent.
“I was point man for the first six, seven months here,” he continued. “I walked us into a lot. I can smell it, but I don’t know where it’s at. I know it’s going to happen. Every time we were walking I was looking for my next covered and concealed position. Ya know, I’d look at this rock, then that rock. Oh, there’s another rock, that’s where I’m going. I just never knew when it was going to happen.”
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – As a college cheerleader, Mateo V. Salado was accustomed to being a member of a team. He lived, ate, worked out and competed with the same group of athletes every day.
This year, he’s doing the same thing, just on a bigger team.
“Being in the military and living in the barracks, eating in the chow hall, and going out and training is no different than an NCAA athlete on a scholarship,” explained U.S. Army Spc. Salado, an infantry team leader. “This yearlong deployment in Afghanistan is our Super Bowl. This is where we have a culmination of every training event, every past mission, every patrol.” «Read the rest of this article»
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – The mountainside of the Shigal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province came alive, March 16th, with the whirring of helicopters marking the beginning of Operation Eagle Talon.
Afghan National Army soldiers and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force No Slack, flooded Shigal District where slabs of rock stretch into the fertile valley floors.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – They knew where the enemy was March 13th, and they had a plan. The Taliban had been attacking them from what was considered a safe haven because of the terrain.
The Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, needed to break the Taliban of their habit.
“The insurgents use the same fighting positions their grandfathers used with the Mujahadeen against the Soviets, so they’re creatures of habit,” said U.S. Army Capt. Ryan A. McLaughlin, commander, Co. B., 2nd Bn., 327th Inf., TF No Slack. “And they stick with what works.”
Afghanistan - A multimedia piece on a U.S. Army convoy on the last leg of the famed Grand Trunk Highway. The Jalalabad – Kabul highway snakes it’s way along the Kabul Gorge between the Hindu Kush Mountains. It is an essential route for caravans heading into Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul.
Late February 28th, it was an essential route for Soldiers from Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, escorting a convoy through the shadow of the mountains.
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