Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
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.
Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
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.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – “We appreciate the hard work that you have done here,” said Afghan National Army Maj. Rahman, the Kandak executive officer, with the aid of an interpreter.
Rahman and other ANA staff officers met with U.S. Army Soldiers from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, for breakfast at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4th.
Nangarhar 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.
Fort Campbell SFAAT Blackhorse says Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak is proficient, capable, ready to lead
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Seven weeks ago, U.S. and Afghan National Security Forces worked together to clear enemy fighters from Hesarak, a remote district center in western Nangarhar Province.
That operation set several precedents: Afghan National Army and Air forces pooled their resources for a joint air assault; ANSF made their presence known in a little-patrolled area; and Afghans took the lead.
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Fort Campbell’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment “Bulldogs”, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take an over-watch position at OP Cobra during Operation Shaheen XIII, near Boti Kot, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team supports Afghan National Army during mortar live fire exercise
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – In an effort to increase response to indirect fire, soldiers with the Afghan National Army’s 2nd Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, conducted a live fire exercise with the 60mm mortar system, June 22nd, at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the Security Force Advise and Assist Team 11, along with the assistance of Soldiers from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, met with Afghan National Army Soldiers at one of their combat ouposts outside of Shur Kalay, Afghanistan, on May 25th.
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.
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