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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Ministry Soldiers make dream a reality before Easter

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Within the early days of their deployment, a team of chaplain’s assistants came together with a plan: a mutual agreement making something beautiful for all to enjoy, helping make days here in Afghanistan brighter.

Within their offices at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, the team of assistants from various battalions within the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), decided to restore the chapel after it had been heavily damaged in an attack in the summer of 2012.

Stained glass windows that were hand-painted by a team of chaplain’s assistants are now on display at the chapel on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. A team of chaplain’s assistants teamed up together to finish the restoration of their chapel after it was badly damaged by an attack on the FOB in the summer of 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Stained glass windows that were hand-painted by a team of chaplain’s assistants are now on display at the chapel on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. A team of chaplain’s assistants teamed up together to finish the restoration of their chapel after it was badly damaged by an attack on the FOB in the summer of 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Afghan National Army demonstrates excellence, graduates mortar training

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As each day passes, the Afghan National Army is adding to its capabilities. This progress is significant in building a security force that can provide stability for its people and future.

The development is becoming increasingly evident at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan. The modern training facility of the ANA is an example of the ever-growing force they’re becoming.

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, effectively fire their 82mm mortar system during a live-fire exercise that marked the conclusion of a two-week mortarmen course at the Fires Center of Excellence, Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2013. Once they have completed the required training, the trainees must exhibit their abilities to successfully employ and utilize their weapon system. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, effectively fire their 82mm mortar system during a live-fire exercise that marked the conclusion of a two-week mortarmen course at the Fires Center of Excellence, Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2013. Once they have completed the required training, the trainees must exhibit their abilities to successfully employ and utilize their weapon system. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Couple takes journey through life side-by-side

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Once David and Lizeth Wakasa exchanged their vows they would set into motion an inseparable journey that would lead them to Afghanistan and eventually the Pentagon.

After they married in August 2008, the Wakasas planned their future together in their small New Jersey apartment. Seeking something more out of life, Lizeth propositioned her husband with a life full of endless possibilities, financial security and the chance to be different by joining the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army Sgt. Lizeth Wakasa (right), a food service specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands proud before her promotion to sergeant with her husband U.S. Army Spc. David Wakasa (left), also a food service specialist with Headquarters, 3-187, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Dec. 1st, 2012.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Lizeth Wakasa (right), a food service specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands proud before her promotion to sergeant with her husband U.S. Army Spc. David Wakasa (left), also a food service specialist with Headquarters, 3-187, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Dec. 1st, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team Rakkasans combat indirect fire threat in Khowst Province

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from  Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a security patrol in search of the site where a rocket was fired from during a recent attack on their combat outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), point out areas of interest during a patrol in search of signs of insurgent activity in the mountains near Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, Nov. 30th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), point out areas of interest during a patrol in search of signs of insurgent activity in the mountains near Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, Nov. 30th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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ANSF, 101st Airborne Division Rakkasans combat insurgency in rural Paktya Afghanistan

 

Written by  U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanPaktya Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), teamed up with 1st Kandak, 1st Coy, Afghan National Army, Zormat Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan National Civil Order Police, on a two-day mission to disrupt and clear insurgent activity in the Zormat District, Afghanistan, December 9th, 2012.

An infantryman and 240B gunner and another Soldier assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pull rear security while on a short halt during an Afghan National Security Forces-led mission in rural areas of Zormat District, Afghanistan, December. 10th, 2012.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

An infantryman and 240B gunner and another Soldier assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pull rear security while on a short halt during an Afghan National Security Forces-led mission in rural areas of Zormat District, Afghanistan, December. 10th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Afghan soldiers take lead in IED defeat

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – At Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, an Afghan National Army-led, six-week counter improvised explosive device course is currently on track to churn out more than 40 new, highly trained Afghan soldiers who are motivated to combat IEDs.

The training gives Afghan troops another capability necessary to sustain unilateral operations and provide security for Afghanistan.

A soldier from the 203rd Corps, AfghanNational Army, successfully defuses an improvised explosive device during an ANA-led counter IED course at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2012. The six-week counter IED course is designed to equip ANA soldiers with the skills to help defeat Afghanistan’s largest threat to its people and security forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

A soldier from the 203rd Corps, AfghanNational Army, successfully defuses an improvised explosive device during an ANA-led counter IED course at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2012. The six-week counter IED course is designed to equip ANA soldiers with the skills to help defeat Afghanistan’s largest threat to its people and security forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Service to Country, Ministry guides Soldier with 101st Airborne Divison’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Some people search their entire life for signs telling them what to do. For Erika Espeseth, it was a billboard for military chaplaincy that pointed her in the direction she had been searching for.

She finally knew what she wanted in life: a life of ministry and service.

In January 2010, she would agree to enlist as a chaplain’s assistant half-way through her senior year of high school, something she never thought possible.

Spc. Erika Espeseth, a Madison, WI, native, is a chaplain’s assistant with the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and serves her country by providing ministry support as a member of a religious support team at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. Espeseth carries her patriotism pridefully while combining it with her passion for God. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

Spc. Erika Espeseth, a Madison, WI, native, is a chaplain’s assistant with the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and serves her country by providing ministry support as a member of a religious support team at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. Espeseth carries her patriotism pridefully while combining it with her passion for God. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

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3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Helicopter Landing Zone team keeps Soldiers supplied in the fight

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – “There is no rush like sling loading,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Keller, the day-shift Helicopter Landing Zone noncommissioned officer in charge.

Getting soldiers the supplies they need to sustain combat operations takes careful planning. Delivery methods vary given the type of items in need and the degree of danger taken to deliver them to their destination.

U.S. Army Spc. Pete Sigala, who hails from Anaheim, Calif., a helicoper landing zone sling load specialist from Headquarters Company, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits as a civilian contacted air asset helicopter approaches for a sling load of supplies at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Nov. 5, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Pete Sigala, who hails from Anaheim, Calif., a helicoper landing zone sling load specialist from Headquarters Company, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits as a civilian contacted air asset helicopter approaches for a sling load of supplies at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Nov. 5, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Nashville comes to 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – On a sunny afternoon, soldiers gathered for a brief escape from their surroundings. As they crowded together, acoustic guitars rang throughout the facility. Equipped with a smile, their eyes sparkled: Music, laughter and ease were in the air.

Country music’s brightest song writers left the comforts of Nashville, Tennessee, to travel around the world for this enjoyable delivery.

Carlton Ray Scott (near), plays a song as other members of the Nashville to You Tour look on at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Nov. 15, 2012. Other members of the tour include (after Scott, from left to right) Thomas Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas. The tour featured Nashville's top songwriters and performers as they traveled throughout Afghanistan performing for deployed soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

Carlton Ray Scott (near), plays a song as other members of the Nashville to You Tour look on at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Nov. 15, 2012. Other members of the tour include (after Scott, from left to right) Thomas Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas. The tour featured Nashville’s top songwriters and performers as they traveled throughout Afghanistan performing for deployed soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

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Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” vote while deployed

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – During deployments, soldiers often live without several opportunities they are afforded back home. For the Rakkasans, voting is not one of them.

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were provided the opportunity to vote in our nation’s 57th quadrennial Presidential elections while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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