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Why We Serve: Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Spc. Annson J. Sanders

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The snow continues to fall heavily on Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, as Soldiers in the mechanics duty area work continuously to prepare vehicles and equipment for ongoing missions.

One Soldier prepares his vehicle recovery truck for upcoming missions.

Spc. Annson J. Sanders, a 24-year-old Dickson, TN, native goes through the process of inspecting his truck with great detail.

Spc. Annson J. Sanders

Spc. Annson J. Sanders

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Mechanics doing their part for Operation Enduring Freedom

 

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), work around the clock to have vehicles and equipment in working order for ongoing missions at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, January 24th.

A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks and refills air into a tactical vehicle on Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. The vehicle recovery team may be called out at a moment’s notice and vehicle readiness is a major requirement. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army

A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks and refills air into a tactical vehicle on Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. The vehicle recovery team may be called out at a moment’s notice and vehicle readiness is a major requirement. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army

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Nashville comes to 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – On a sunny afternoon, soldiers gathered for a brief escape from their surroundings. As they crowded together, acoustic guitars rang throughout the facility. Equipped with a smile, their eyes sparkled: Music, laughter and ease were in the air.

Country music’s brightest song writers left the comforts of Nashville, Tennessee, to travel around the world for this enjoyable delivery.

Carlton Ray Scott (near), plays a song as other members of the Nashville to You Tour look on at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Nov. 15, 2012. Other members of the tour include (after Scott, from left to right) Thomas Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas. The tour featured Nashville's top songwriters and performers as they traveled throughout Afghanistan performing for deployed soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

Carlton Ray Scott (near), plays a song as other members of the Nashville to You Tour look on at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Nov. 15, 2012. Other members of the tour include (after Scott, from left to right) Thomas Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas. The tour featured Nashville’s top songwriters and performers as they traveled throughout Afghanistan performing for deployed soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment Tennessee Titans Shout Out from Afghanistan

 

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Paktia Province, Afghanistan – 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment “Leader Rakkasans”, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from Fort Campbell, KY gives a shout out to the Tennessee Titans from Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan.

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Campbell talks security, governance with Team Paktya

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen
1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment Public Affairs

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, visited Forward Operating Base Gardez to meet with Team Paktya’s board of directors December 8th to discuss counterinsurgency operations in Paktya and the future of the provincial governance.

Campbell had two main points to impress upon Team Paktya, which includes 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team, Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, attends a briefing at Forward Operating Base Gardez Dec. 8th. Base leaders briefed the commander about counterinsurgency operations conducted in Paktya province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, attends a briefing at Forward Operating Base Gardez Dec. 8th. Base leaders briefed the commander about counterinsurgency operations conducted in Paktya province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

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ANSF, coalition forces defeat attack on FOB Gardez; at least 5 insurgents killed, 1 captured

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya Province, Afghanistan – At least five insurgents were killed and one captured during a failed attack on Forward Operating Base Gardez in Patkya Province September 24th.

The attack began when a vehicle, followed closely by four suicide-vest-wearing insurgents, attempted to breach a fortified area of the base.

Coalition forces engaged the vehicle, destroying it and disrupting the attack.  The remaining attackers were killed as they attempted to flee the scene.

A vehicle used in a failed insurgent attack sits on the road outside Forward Operating Base Gardez, Paktya Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 24th. Forces engaged the vehicle as it approached the base, killing the driver and destroying the vehicle. Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces defeated a complex attack, killing at least five insurgents and capturing one. (U.S. Army courtesy photo released)

A vehicle used in a failed insurgent attack sits on the road outside Forward Operating Base Gardez, Paktya Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 24th. Forces engaged the vehicle as it approached the base, killing the driver and destroying the vehicle. Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces defeated a complex attack, killing at least five insurgents and capturing one. (U.S. Army courtesy photo released)

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Rakkasan Soldier recovers ‘unrecoverable’ vehicle

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktya Province, Afghanistan – Mountainous terrain, narrow passes, loose gravel and winding roads spell certain danger for U.S. and coalition forces here who must navigate them with a variety of vehicles and equipment.

When a 40,000-pound mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle and its onboard equipment, which cost nearly $300,000, recently tumbled down a steep mountainside lodging between a large boulder and a huge rock-formation, recovering it seemed nearly impossible.

In fact, three wreckers were taken to the scene in an attempt to retrieve the vehicle. Ultimately, all three were not only unsuccessful, but each piece of equipment broke during the recovery process.

A vehicle recovery crew from Company B, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division adjusts the cabling and ropes connecting their wrecker to a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle that had rolled off a steep mountain pass and lodged against a rock formation approximately 50-feet below. The recovery took the team four-days.  (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

A vehicle recovery crew from Company B, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division adjusts the cabling and ropes connecting their wrecker to a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle that had rolled off a steep mountain pass and lodged against a rock formation approximately 50-feet below. The recovery took the team four-days. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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Kandak commander’s conference in Gardez proves productive

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

101st Airborne DivisionKhost Province, Afghanistan – More than 50 commanders from the Afghan Border Police and their U.S. Army mentors from five different battalions spread across three provinces met at Forward Operating Base Gardez July 5th through 7th for a quarterly kandak commander’s conference.

The conference was held to collect ABP kandak, an Afghan battalion, status updates, distribute the zone commander’s guidance and intent, and to address any concerns or problems the different units are having,  according to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., battalion commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division

“We try and schedule these about every three months,” said Smiley, a native of Oklahoma City.  “It allows the commanders in Zone Two to address common problems, and it gives me and my staff the opportunity to meet the kandak commanders and their administrative staff face to face.”

Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., battalion commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (center left) listens as Maj. Gen. Mullah Khil, commanding general, ABP Zone 2 (center right) speaks at a recent commander's conference at Camp Ghardez.

Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., battalion commander, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (center left) listens as Maj. Gen. Mullah Khil, commanding general, ABP Zone 2 (center right) speaks at a recent commander's conference at Camp Ghardez.

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3rd Special Troops Battalion changes command

 

By U.S. Pfc. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Public Affairs

The Logo of the 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Salerno, AFGHANISTAN – May 25th marked a new era chapter in the history of the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, as command of the unit changed hands in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Sarat, outgoing commander of 3rd STB, from Elizabeth, NJ, transferred the battalion command responsibilities to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Walter Smiley, from Oklahoma City, Okla. «Read the rest of this article»

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