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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers help Afghan troops train on D-30 Howitzer

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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 soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, fire their D-30 Howitzer Jan. 18th, 2013, at Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan, as U.S. Army advisors from Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team-5, 1st Brigade Combat, 101st Airborne Division, observed and evaluated the training. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

Afghan National Army soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, fire their D-30 Howitzer Jan. 18th, 2013, at Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan, as U.S. Army advisors from Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team-5, 1st Brigade Combat, 101st Airborne Division, observed and evaluated the training. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

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US troops, including 101st Airborne Soldiers and Afghan police visit border observation post

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan Border Police officers from Zone 1 recently visited Observation Point 12, a small post in Kunar province along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, January 21st.

The mission was a joint operation with U.S. Army soldiers from ABP Zone 1, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division; the commander and command sergeant major from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT; Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team leadership from Combat Outpost Monti, and ABP leadership from the 2-1 Kandak.

Afghan Border Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from ABP Zone 1, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hike from their landing zone to Observation Point 12 along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Jan. 21st, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, CT 1-101 Public Affairs)

Afghan Border Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from ABP Zone 1, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hike from their landing zone to Observation Point 12 along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Jan. 21st, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, CT 1-101 Public Affairs)

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Historic fort provides protection for base

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Most people would expect fortifications at military bases in Afghanistan, but they probably wouldn’t expect an actual fort.

The castle, known as Observation Post Coleman, is believed to be a British fort dating back to the 1800s. It sits on a promontory above Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

U.S. Army Soldiers with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, currently occupy the building, which – in peacetime – could easily be a historical tourist site.

U.S. Army Spc. Brian O. Mieszala of Lockport, IL, a grenadier with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stands on Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. In the background is Observation Post Coleman, a historical fort that provides over watch for the base. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Brian O. Mieszala of Lockport, IL, a grenadier with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stands on Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. In the background is Observation Post Coleman, a historical fort that provides over watch for the base. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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How to trade a desk for a machine gun

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – His position was under heavy enemy fire when a round hit U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson in the chest.

“It was almost surreal,” the 28-year-old gunner said. “I could feel the fragments of the bullet hit my face.”

Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, was holding an overwatch position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province as part of Operation Strong Eagle June 27th when the firefight started.

Burson was on the M240B machine gun. The other heavy weapon, an automatic grenade launcher, had stopped working, causing him to draw even more fire. One of many rocket-propelled grenades being fired at the unit exploded 20 feet in front of his position before he was shot.

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Crops to help with Afghan flood relief

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alexander H. Johnson of Evanston, IL, an incoming platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, takes notes during a visit with Afghan farmers and community leaders near Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 17th.

International Security Assistance Forces checked surrounding farmlands where crops will be cut down and used as food for animals affected by recent floods while compensating the farmers taking part.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alexander H. Johnson of Evanston (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alexander H. Johnson of Evanston (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Attack on Combat Outpost kills Fort Campbell Soldier

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchFort Campbell, KY — A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died July 8th during an indirect fire attack on Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan.

Private First Class Anthony W. Simmons, 25, of Tallahassee, FL, was an infantryman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. He entered the Army in February 2009 and arrived at Fort Campbell in July 2009.

Private First Class Anthony W. Simmons

Anthony W. Simmons

Simmons’ awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Weapons Qualification: M4, expert.

Simmons is survived by his mother, Renee and Rob Miller of Tallahassee, FL.

A memorial ceremony will be held in Afghanistan.

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