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101st Airborne Division Couple takes journey through life side-by-side

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Once David and Lizeth Wakasa exchanged their vows they would set into motion an inseparable journey that would lead them to Afghanistan and eventually the Pentagon.

After they married in August 2008, the Wakasas planned their future together in their small New Jersey apartment. Seeking something more out of life, Lizeth propositioned her husband with a life full of endless possibilities, financial security and the chance to be different by joining the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army Sgt. Lizeth Wakasa (right), a food service specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands proud before her promotion to sergeant with her husband U.S. Army Spc. David Wakasa (left), also a food service specialist with Headquarters, 3-187, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Dec. 1st, 2012.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Lizeth Wakasa (right), a food service specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands proud before her promotion to sergeant with her husband U.S. Army Spc. David Wakasa (left), also a food service specialist with Headquarters, 3-187, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Dec. 1st, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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82nd Airborne Division Soldier from Clarksville killed in Afghanistan

 

Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie of Clarksville.Fort Bragg, NC – Three Fort Bragg paratroopers were killed Monday in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

The three latest casualties are Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie, 22, of Clarksville, TN, Spc. Chase S. Marta, 24, of Chico, CA, and Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jeffersonville, KY.

Schwallie served as an assistant team leader with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. Marta and Gross were both assigned as scouts with the 1st Brigade Combat Team. «Read the rest of this article»

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DOD News Briefing with Col. Luong via Teleconference from Afghanistan

 

United States Department of DefenseJames Turner (deputy director, Pentagon Press Office):  Okay, Colonel Luong, this is Jim Turner in the Pentagon Briefing Room.  Can you hear me?

Colonel Luong:  I can hear you loud and clear, Jim.

Mr Turner:  Good morning here, and good morning in Afghanistan, I’d like to welcome to the Pentagon Briefing Room Colonel Viet Luong. He is commander of Task Force Rakkasan and commander of — and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  As part of Regional Command East, Colonel Luong’s 3,800-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.  In February, the brigade assumed operational responsibility of Khost, Paktika and Paktya provinces.  In August, Task Force Rakkasan relinquished control of Paktika province to Task Force Currahee composed of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  One of Colonel Luong’s battle task forces subsequently joined Task Force White Eagle, the Polish battle group, and is currently conducting operations in Andar and Deh Yak districts in Ghazni province. «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force Iron Rakkasan radio connects GIRoA to people in Miri

 

Written by By U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Iron Rakkasan

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – The Afghan government and 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, are expanding their reach with a second Radio in a Box station at the Miri District Center in Andar Province.

The new station was recently established in the district subgovernor’s building.

Within days of the first broadcasts, Sher Khan, Andar District subgovernor, conducted a live interview addressing the people’s primary concerns and making them aware that he is doing all he can to help the local people. «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force Iron selects Soldier, NCO of the Year

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers and noncommissioned officers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team took part in an annual NCO and Soldier of the Year competition January 4th-5th at Forward Operating Base Andar.

“This is really a great honor,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Britt Cantrell from Walker, LA, with Company A, 3rd Bn. 187th Inf. “I was proud to represent A Company in this competition, and now I have the opportunity to represent the Battalion. I’m grateful to all of the NCOs and officers who motivated me throughout my career.”

U.S. Army Sgt. Shelton Woolever from Stevenville, Texas, with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, completes in a hands-on portion of the Task Force Iron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

U.S. Army Sgt. Shelton Woolever from Stevenville, Texas, with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, completes in a hands-on portion of the Task Force Iron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

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Task Force White Eagle, Task Force Iron Rakkasan eliminate insurgents

 

Written by Artur Weber,
Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs
and U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek,
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a combined operation with Polish Battle Group A in Bashir Village, Andar District, in eastern Ghazni Province to cordon and search an insurgent safehaven December 30th.

Polish and U.S. forces and local Afghan Uniformed Police worked together to find four caches of bomb-making materials, a military chest rack, three AK-47s and two hand grenades. They also detained three insurgents.

Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the Polish Battle Group A pull security from a rooftop during a combined operation in Andar District Dec. 30th. The joint forces combined with local Afghan Uniformed Police officers to seize four caches of bomb-making materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the Polish Battle Group A pull security from a rooftop during a combined operation in Andar District Dec. 30th. The joint forces combined with local Afghan Uniformed Police officers to seize four caches of bomb-making materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

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Awards ceremony marks start of Task Force Iron’s road home

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – The first Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will be heading home soon after spending the last 11 months in eastern Afghanistan.

Task Force Iron held a ceremony to award the departing Soldiers with their end of tour awards. Five Bronze Stars and 21 Army Commendation Medals were awarded at the ceremony.

Soldiers who arrived early in Afghanistan, such as company executive officers and supply sergeants, are the first to redeploy home and set the conditions for the rest of the battalion. 

U.S. Army Capt. Edward Hoogland (left), battalion supply officer; U.S. Army 1st Lt. Austin Bass (center), Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, executive officer; and U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Kirk Hines, battalion operations sergeant major, receive Bronze Stars on Forward Operating Base Andar Dec. 29th. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

U.S. Army Capt. Edward Hoogland (left), battalion supply officer; U.S. Army 1st Lt. Austin Bass (center), Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, executive officer; and U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Kirk Hines, battalion operations sergeant major, receive Bronze Stars on Forward Operating Base Andar Dec. 29th. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

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Abu Co. recons new battle space in eastern Ghazni

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, were added to Task Force Rakkasan to help secure eastern Ghazni for the remainder of their deployment in eastern Afghanistan. 

Three days after Co. A arrived to Forward Operating Base Andar, they packed up their trucks again and headed out on their first operation December 17th and 18th. 

Their mission was to enter villages coalition forces have not been in for several years and assess the situation.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force Iron Rakkasan uses PTDS to prevent highway robbery

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Recently, Soldiers from Task Force Iron Rakkasan watched a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police conduct an illegal checkpoint on the route between Ghazni and Sharana. Using the camera system on the Persistent Threat Detection System, Soldiers observed a man standing in the road collecting money from vehicles. The practice is common by insurgents who fund their attacks by taking money from locals.

The TF Iron Tactical Operating Center watched the PTDS video feed of the man to confirm their suspicions.  «Read the rest of this article»

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NDS, Task Force Iron Rakkasan gather Bande Sardeh elders, sign security pact

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Village elders gathered at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh to sign a pact pledging to keep insurgents out of their villages and report insurgent activity to security forces in eastern Andar District December 21st.

Afghans taking more responsibility for security is the first step for establishing lasting security in the area, said Abdul Wahab, an agent for the Afghan National Directorate of Security.

Twenty-seven village elders gathered Dec. 21st at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh in eastern Andar District to discuss an agreement to keep the Taliban out of their villages. The signing of the pact is one step towards security in Bande Sardeh and enables the Afghans to protect themselves.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin Mullis, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion)

Twenty-seven village elders gathered Dec. 21st at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh in eastern Andar District to discuss an agreement to keep the Taliban out of their villages. The signing of the pact is one step towards security in Bande Sardeh and enables the Afghans to protect themselves. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin Mullis, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion)

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