Topic: Forward Operating Base Gardez
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
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.
Paktya 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.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
Khowst 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.
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs
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.
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen
Paktya 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.
Written by Bagram Media Center
Paktya 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.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Paktya 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.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs
Khost 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.”
By U.S. Pfc. Christopher McKenna
Forward 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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