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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike”, TAAC-NE assists ANSF during Afghan Runoff Elections

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – In April, there were eight candidates vying to become Afghanistan’s next president; in June there were two. In as many months as there are candidates from the last election, the Afghans went to the voting booths to decide who will become their country’s next top official.

Leaders with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and the commander of Train Advise and Assist Command-Northeast assisted their counterparts with the Afghan National Security Forces as they executed their plans to ensure a safe and secure runoff election day process for voters June 14th, 2014, at the Operational Coordination Center- Regional, Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Welcomes Home the 101st Airborne Division’s Command Group

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Friday, Fort Campbell welcomed home the last of the 101st Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade consisting of 24 members of the command group of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) including Commanding General, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville.

They were completing a 9 month long mission in RC-East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where they were training the Afghan National Army to take over ensuring the security of their own country.

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Afghan National Army (ANA) use modern battlefield logistics to supply their force

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army (ANA) acquisitioned small arms ammunition from Coalition partners in the later part of August in Parwan province, Afghanistan. The transfer of ammunition was in response to a shortage in the southern regions of the country.

This is the first time the ANA has independently used the logistical process to acquire and distribute ammunition throughout their military formations. This action comes at a critical phase; as the country’s defense rests in the Afghan security forces ability to manage their force structure and logistically provide for those forces.

Afghan Maj. Raheem Shama (left), commander of the Afghan National Army Ammunition Depot (22 Bunkers), along U.S. Army Warrant Officer Alexander Arabian the ammunition accountable officer with the 63rd Ordnance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade (Task Force Lifeliner) sign ammunition transfer documents at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan on Aug. 26, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario)

Afghan Maj. Raheem Shama (left), commander of the Afghan National Army Ammunition Depot (22 Bunkers), along U.S. Army Warrant Officer Alexander Arabian the ammunition accountable officer with the 63rd Ordnance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade (Task Force Lifeliner) sign ammunition transfer documents at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan on Aug. 26, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario)

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Fort Campbell Currahees transfer Forward Operating Base Salerno to Afghan National Army

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – For the last time, U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division, exited through the gates of Forward Operating Base Salerno, after transitioning the FOB to Afghan National Security Forces.

“For 10 years, America’s sons and daughters have been here,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Today, we bring an end to an era.”

Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses his soldiers on the last day of their control of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, October 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller)

Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses his soldiers on the last day of their control of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, October 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller)

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Fort Campbell Currahee Cavalry Regiment receives Gold Spurs

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – “Today we took a little time out of our schedule to honor traditions of the past and award the gold spurs to all of the troopers in 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment,” said Lt. Col. Thomas T. Sutton, squadron commander of 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy A. Woodard, an engineer officer with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rides a horse while holding the Headquarters Troop Guidon, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy A. Woodard, an engineer officer with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rides a horse while holding the Headquarters Troop Guidon, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier died September 26th, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained in Paktya Province, Afghanistan.

Identified is Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., 32, of Milton, PA. Baysore was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform who opened fire on a group of Soldiers. He was struck on the left side of his neck.

Baysore was taken to taken to his post aid station where he succumbed to his wounds.

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team completes redeployment from Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell, KY – The never ending cycling of soldiers between the battlefield to the home front and vise versa continued Wednesday evening with the return of the final flight of 259 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Bastogne).

For the past nine months the 1st Brigade Combat Team had been in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan as part of SFAAT Blackhorse which has been working to help prepare the Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak, 4th brigade, 201st Corps for the upcoming transfer of authority as U. S. Forces prepare to withdraw from that country.

Families wait for the airplane carrying their soldier's home to land

Families wait for the airplane carrying their soldier’s home to land

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Fort Campbell Currahees give Dental Training to Afghan National Army Commandos

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – “Life starts in the mouth,” said Capt. Abby Raymond, brigade dentist for 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and native of Anderson, IN. “If you don’t take care of your oral health it can have a systemic affect, it can affect your whole body, your job or your mission.”

In an effort to reduce that affect, Capt. Raymond, the brigade dentist for 4th BCT, 101st Abd. Div., Capt. Shani Thompson, a dentist with the 528th Sustainment Brigade, United States Army Special Operations Command, and their dental assistants, provided training covering dental basics at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 21st and 22nd.

U.S. Capt. Abby Raymond, a brigade dentist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks the work of an Afghan medic with the 2nd Commando Battalion, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, performing an oral exam on a fellow commando during a basic dental class at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

U.S. Capt. Abby Raymond, a brigade dentist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks the work of an Afghan medic with the 2nd Commando Battalion, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, performing an oral exam on a fellow commando during a basic dental class at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

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Fort Campbell’s SFAAT Archangel reports Afghan security forces winning local loyalty

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division1st Brigade Combat TeamNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – “I’ve never seen somebody that people loved more: him walking down the street, and the crowds would gather around him, and they would listen to every single word he said,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Studer of his Afghan National Army counterpart. “They wanted to be Afghan, and they wanted to be proud of their country.”

Studer is a member of Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. SFAAT Archangel spent the last nine months working with the ANA’s 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, out of former Forward Operating Base Shinwar.

The Afghan National Army deputy commander for the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, gives 1st Lt. Kyle Harnitcheck from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel the gift of a hat and scarf at former Forward Operating Base Shinwar in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (Sgt. Margaret Taylor/U.S. Army)

The Afghan National Army deputy commander for the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, gives 1st Lt. Kyle Harnitcheck from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel the gift of a hat and scarf at former Forward Operating Base Shinwar in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (Sgt. Margaret Taylor/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team helps Afghan National Security Forces safeguard Economy

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Highway 7 corridor running through eastern Nangarhar isn’t like any other in the province, maybe even the country.

Sure, the two- to-three-lane asphalt road doesn’t look like much. It winds through mountains and tree-lined villages and shoots across broad, arid spaces the same as any other paved road in the region.

What makes it special is the traffic that runs along it.

U.S. Army Capt. Nicholas Drake, commander, Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Calabasas, Calif., confers with Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Mohammad Bashir, commander, 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, on the outskirts of the village of Takiya Khana, Bati Kot district, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, June 15, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Capt. Nicholas Drake, commander, Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Calabasas, Calif., confers with Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Mohammad Bashir, commander, 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, on the outskirts of the village of Takiya Khana, Bati Kot district, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, June 15, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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