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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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Why We Serve: 414th Civil Affairs Battalion’s Spc. Gamei Kwong

 

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 – Trying to teach a room full of Poshtu speaking children English can be difficult for some, but for U.S. Army Spc. Gamei Kwong, a native of Hamtramck, MI, it’s a labor of love.

Kwong joined the Army in 2009 as a civil affairs specialist with her first and current unit the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, is on her first deployment at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, with Provincial Reconstruction Team Nangarhar, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

U.S. Army Spc. Gamei Kwong, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, teaches Afghan children English.

U.S. Army Spc. Gamei Kwong, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, teaches Afghan children English.

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers teach local afghan children

 

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

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – U.S. Army soldiers from Provincial Reconstruction Team Nangarhar, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, volunteer their time and services to help local children learn English.

The civil affairs soldiers volunteer to be teachers, on their own time, while still managing their normal work schedules for PRT Nangarhar.

Local Afghan girls play a game of alphabet bingo to help learn English letters Feb. 15, 2013, during Girl’s English Class at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan. The children are part of a volunteer-run program to help teach local children language skills. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

Local Afghan girls play a game of alphabet bingo to help learn English letters Feb. 15, 2013, during Girl’s English Class at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan. The children are part of a volunteer-run program to help teach local children language skills. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

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Returning to his roots: Infantryman shares farming knowledge with Afghans

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – He grew up on his father’s farm in Mansfield, MO His father was a Marine. His grandfather was a Missouri farmer and a Soldier, as was his great-grandfather.

His name is U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Pharris. He’s a member of the Khogyani District Agricultural Development Team attached to Company D, 1st Battalion, 138th Infantry Regiment. He believes he was destined to be a farmer and an American Soldier.

“My grandfather was a farmer who fought in World War II, and my great grandfather was a Missouri farmer who fought in World War I,” Pharris said. “My dad served in the time that fell between Korea and Vietnam.”

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Pharris, a ruminant specialist with the Khogyani District Agricultural Development Team attached to Company D, 1st Battalion, 138th Infantry Regiment from Mansfield, MO, talks with the son of an Afghan farmer in Chaparhar.  (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Pharris, a ruminant specialist with the Khogyani District Agricultural Development Team attached to Company D, 1st Battalion, 138th Infantry Regiment from Mansfield, MO, talks with the son of an Afghan farmer in Chaparhar. (Courtesy photo)

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Father presents son Purple Heart Thanksgiving Day

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – They say the holidays are a time for families to be together.

U.S. Army Sgt. William Billett was together with his son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Billett, this Thanksgiving, albeit under rather unique circumstances. William presented his son the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat August 28th.

“It’s kind of a day of mixed emotions,” William said. “I’m so proud of my son for what he did, and saving the gunner, but at the same time it was a really close call for him.”

U.S. Army Sgt. William Billett (right), an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, pins the Purple Heart on the chest of his son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Billett, a military policeman from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Thanksgiving Day on Forward Operating Base Finley Shields in eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. William Billett (right), an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, pins the Purple Heart on the chest of his son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Billett, a military policeman from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Thanksgiving Day on Forward Operating Base Finley Shields in eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Troops build goodwill with Afghans by steps

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – It does not take long for the kids to show up.

When Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces set foot in a community in eastern Afghanistan, they become objects of fascination to question, shake hands with and watch.

“They’ll ask us why we’re here,” said U.S. Army Spc. Cory B. Petrosky of Grapevine, Texas, a radio operator with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog. “They’ll talk about their daily lives … They like to let us know what they’re doing. They’ll show us their school books.”

Many of the youths ask for the pens U.S. Soldiers keep in their uniform sleeves while others want to say hello and show off their English skills. Troops can quickly find themselves surrounded by a crowd of smiling children.

Kunar Province, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Gary W. Faust of Bowling Green, Ky., a medic with 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, practices his fist bump with children of Andersil village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province July 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Kunar Province, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Gary W. Faust of Bowling Green, Ky., a medic with 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, practices his fist bump with children of Andersil village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province July 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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