Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan lay still.
Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown
Jalalabad, Afghanistan – When U.S. Army Spc. April Harvey walked into the recruiting office near her hometown of Gallup, NM, after graduating high school, she knew she wanted to take control of her life, and she wanted to do it her way.
As with any soldier that enlists into the Army, Harvey was offered several different jobs, or military occupational specialties. While at the recruiting station, Harvey was offered a series of jobs: 68W (Medic), 42A (Human Resources Specialist), 92Y (Logistics Specialist) and other jobs that just weren’t the kind of thing that fit Harvey’s personality.
Bill Larson, Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, Laura Boyd, and Fred Holly contributed to this piece.
Fort Campbell, KY – It was June 27th 2010 and elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division were in Afghanistan participating in Operation Strong Eagle. Among these were 2nd Platoon HHC of the 2/327th Infantry Regiment.
Their mission was to clear the Ghaki Valley working in conjunction with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams (EOD), Route Clearance, Civil Affairs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Border Police (ABP), and the Afghan National Police (ANP).
Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan – U.S. Army soldiers from Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team – 5, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, assisted in the training of the Afghan National Army on the D-30 Howitzers at Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan, January 18th.
The ANA soldiers, who represent the 2nd Brigade, 201st Kandak Corps, worked to develop crew drills and increase their ability to coordinate artillery fire in a variety of scenario and mission types utilizing the Soviet made 122mm howitzer.
Afghan National Army: Competent, Adequate and in the Lead thanks in part to Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Alex Kirk Amen,
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The village of Nakam is small, there is no electricity and the water comes from several small well pumps throughout the town. It is a farming community surrounded by dusty fields, resembling the American dust bowl of the 1930’s.
As U.S. Army Soldiers walk through the streets of this small village in the morning hours of January 10th, 2013, they are quickly surrounded by Afghan children. The children stare up in awe at the large green men and ask for pens and water.
Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” get Afghan artillerymen certified and ready to lead
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The sun shines bright in the cloud-free sky; the nonexistent wind makes it ideal weather for shooting artillery.
With the arrival of eager artillerymen, a stage is set to demonstrate what has been accomplished during months of extensive training.
Soldiers with the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy, performed an indirect-fire training mission using Russian made D-30 Howitzers in Khowst Province January 9th, with little mentorship needed from the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – The 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, has a long and proud history that spans nearly a century. Its long history includes campaigns in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq.
The Soldiers of 2-17 CAV are currently on their next rendezvous with destiny at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
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.
101st Airborne Divison’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers support Afghan National Army in successful resupply mission
Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army recently conducted a mission to resupply the Afghan Uniform Police at Chapah Darah by conducting a convoy operation from Nangalam Base on December 26th.
The resupply consisted mainly of sustenance items, petroleum products ammunition, as well as winter clothing for several months, were delivered to the 45 AUP at Chapah Darah, according to Capt. Elliott Emerich, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, and the fires support officer and assistant plans officer for 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Combat Outpost Honikar-Miracle, Afghanistan – A specially trained brigade from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division has been training their Afghan National Army counterparts since arriving to Combat Outpost Honikar-Miracle last month.
The unit, officially designated Security Force Assistance Advisory Team 6, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, recently taught the Afghan noncommissioned officers from the 61st Kandak basic skills involving the M2 .50 caliber machine gun and the M240B machine gun.
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