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Fort Campbell’s Eagle 6 Patriot’s Day message to the Clarksville Community

 

Written by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville
Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East, Afghanistan

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – In Afghanistan, there is a steel beam from the towers of the World Trade Center in New York directly adjacent to the headquarters building of Regional Command – East (RC-East) and Combined Joint Task Force – 101 (CJTF-101). This beam, and the flags of our partner nations standing next to it like the flags in front of the United Nations buildings, is a reminder to every one of us why we are here.

We are here to ensure that our Nation and our global partners’ remain safe from the threat of terrorism and acts of violence by those in the world who would do us harm.

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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Medic provides “healthy” knowledge to ANSF

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The brightly lit hallways lined with numerous medical supplies look spotless under the florescent lights within Forward Operating Base Salerno’s medical center.

Military medical personnel quickly stride to and from rooms like bees around a honey comb completing their daily duties.

This facility, built to aid and save lives is also training grounds for Afghan National Security Forces aspiring to become medics.

Army Sgt. Luciano Mada, a medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a photo at the medical center at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013. Mada spent his deployment training Afghan National Security Forces to become medics for their units. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Army Sgt. Luciano Mada, a medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a photo at the medical center at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013. Mada spent his deployment training Afghan National Security Forces to become medics for their units. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Bushmasters poll the population

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – U.S. Soldiers recently conducted a dismounted patrol March 1st, through the local village outside Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan.

The Soldiers, from 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted the patrol in order to participate in a Shura meeting with elders from surrounding villages during a Key Leader Engagement.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct a dismounted patrol March 1st, 2013, outside Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct a dismounted patrol March 1st, 2013, outside Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

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New line for coalition forces, new life for Afghanistan

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Balkh Province, Afghanistan – More than 3,000 miles make up the borders of Afghanistan. Yet for all this land, there is not a single view of the ocean, much less a way to receive supplies through the waterways.

For years, Afghanistan and coalition forces have shipped most of their supplies through the Indian Ocean, then trucked through Pakistan before arriving in the south of Afghanistan.

A year ago, nearly three-quarters of everything entering the country came through Pakistan. Now, through a small town in the north, the dynamics are changing. The port of Hairatan is the final stop for cargo destined for Afghanistan through a railroad that starts in central Europe.

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Panjshir PRT attends celebratory Buzkashi game

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Amber Ashcraft
Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Panjshir Province, Afghanistan – Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team members attended a Buzkashi match in Paryan District, April 7th.

Buzkashi, which literally translates to goat dragging, is the national sport of Afghanistan. The crowd consisted of more than a thousand people including local Afghans and several PRT members

Chapandaz, or Buzkashi players, fight for a calf carcass during a Buzkashi game in Paryan District, April 7th. More than 1,000 people including local Afghan villagers and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team members attended the event. The chapandaz and their horses go through rigorous training before competing in the game. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Amber Ashcraft, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

Chapandaz, or Buzkashi players, fight for a calf carcass during a Buzkashi game in Paryan District, April 7th. More than 1,000 people including local Afghan villagers and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team members attended the event. The chapandaz and their horses go through rigorous training before competing in the game. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Amber Ashcraft, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

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Soldier touched by Young Afghan attendees of Women’s Day celebration

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Raishea is a young Afghan girl of about 14. She has a shy smile and a soft voice. She is quite like most 14-year-old girls I know. Except that her reality in Afghanistan’s war-torn Nangarhar Province is something most people can’t fathom. I got the incredible opportunity to meet her last month in Jalalabad.

In Afghanistan, leaders have many hard decisions to make, and there are many gray areas. I don’t envy them as they plan the best route for their Soldiers. There is one area, for me at least, that is not gray – Afghanistan’s women, and in particular, its girls and their education.

U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada, a broadcast journalist assigned to the public affairs office for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, poses with an Afghan girl who wants to be a journalist during International Women's Day at the governor's house in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province March 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada, a broadcast journalist assigned to the public affairs office for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, poses with an Afghan girl who wants to be a journalist during International Women's Day at the governor's house in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province March 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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