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101st Airborne Division assumes command of Regional Command-East, Afghanistan

 

Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known famously as the “Screaming Eagles,” assumed responsibility of the combined joint task force in eastern Afghanistan March 14th in a ceremony on Bagram Air Field.

Combined Joint Task Force-101, will operate in Regional Command – East, an area roughly the size of Virginia, which includes 14 provinces and 7.5 million Afghans.

The 1st Infantry Division wrapped up its yearlong deployment and will be heading back to Fort Riley, Kansas.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (forefront), the command team of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Task Force-101, salute the unit’s flag at a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 14th, 2013. The 101st Airborne Division assumed responsibility of Regional Command-East from the 1st Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (forefront), the command team of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Task Force-101, salute the unit’s flag at a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 14th, 2013. The 101st Airborne Division assumed responsibility of Regional Command-East from the 1st Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell to Welcome Home 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” Advisory Team Saturday

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Return Home

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – A welcome home ceremony is scheduled to be held to recognize the return of the Strike Advisory Teams from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

The location is scheduled to take place at Fort Campbell’s Passenger Processing Center (Building 7162 Bay D) beginning at 8:15pm.

The Strike Advisory Teams from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives applause from the Screaming Eagles leadership at the Fort Campbell flight line. The Strike teams return home after completing a nine-month tour in Eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and were the International Security Assistance Force’s lead units in facilitating the transition of full combat power to the Afghan National Security Forces in Regional Command East.

The Strike Advisory Teams from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives applause from the Screaming Eagles leadership at the Fort Campbell flight line. The Strike teams return home after completing a nine-month tour in Eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and were the International Security Assistance Force’s lead units in facilitating the transition of full combat power to the Afghan National Security Forces in Regional Command East.

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101st Airborne gets ‘put through the paces’ during Unified Endeavor 13-1

 

Written by Sgt. Grant Matthes
101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Prior to its scheduled return to Afghanistan, Screaming Eagle Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters must complete one final task of knowledge and skill to prove they are up to the challenge for their next rendezvous with destiny.

This final task, operationally titled Unified Endeavor 13-1, will feature more than 600 participants from multiple U.S. Army divisions and units, as well as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and will stretch over multiple countries and time zones from Fort Campbell to Germany to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Pvt. Joshua Wagner, a fires support specialist, Sgt. Ryan Davis and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wilkinson, both fires support noncommissioned officers, all with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, make their way to an exercise fusion cell during Unified Endeavor 13-1 here Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes)

Pvt. Joshua Wagner, a fires support specialist, Sgt. Ryan Davis and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wilkinson, both fires support noncommissioned officers, all with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, make their way to an exercise fusion cell during Unified Endeavor 13-1 here Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division Headquarters and 4th Brigade Combat Team to deploy to Afghanistan by Spring

 

United States Department of DefenseWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Defense today identified three major units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.

The scheduled rotation involves two infantry brigade combat teams – one with roughly 1,400 personnel, the other with roughly 2,800 personnel – and one division headquarters with roughly 620 personnel to rotate in winter 2012 and spring 2013.

A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division kneels in an over-watch position on top of a qualot wall during their last deployment. (Photo by Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office)

A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division kneels in an over-watch position on top of a qualot wall during their last deployment. (Photo by Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office)

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101st Airborne Division, Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie, Part 3

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Combined Task Force “Strike” was the military unit selected by the International Security Assistance Force to be the main surge brigade to defeat Taliban in its Kandahar homeland from 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Through much sweat, bloodshed and sacrifice, the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, was the first US Brigade Combat Team to operate in the Taliban’s birthplace and defeated them, returning the land back to Afghan people.

Part 3 of 4 in Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie, continues with the Strike Brigade leaving Fort Campbell, KY and arriving into Kandahar as the surge brigade in 2010. The Combined Task Force Strike Heroes of Operation Ham Kari and Operation Dragon Strike are revealed, explained and portrayed in this section of Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie.

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101st Airborne Division, Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie, Part 2

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Combined Task Force “Strike” was the military unit selected by the International Security Assistance Force to be the main surge brigade to defeat Taliban in its Kandahar homeland from 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Through much sweat, bloodshed and sacrifice, the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, was the first US Brigade Combat Team to operate in the Taliban’s birthplace and defeated them, returning the land back to Afghan people.

Part 2 of the Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie, continues the Strike Brigade’s journey to Kandahar beginning immediately following September 11th, 2001. The events and details explain where, why and what the “Strike” Soldiers achieved during the decade prior of the battle for Kandahar.

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101st Airborne Division, Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie, Part 1

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Combined Task Force “Strike” was the military unit selected by the International Security Assistance Force to be the main surge brigade to defeat Taliban in its Kandahar homeland from 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Through much sweat, bloodshed and sacrifice, the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, was the first US Brigade Combat Team to operate in the Taliban’s birthplace and defeated them, returning the land back to Afghan people.

Part 1 of the Combined Task Force “Strike” – The Movie, is the lead up to the great Battle of Kandahar by honoring the Strike lineage and reliving the events that formed the CTFS Soldiers.

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Afghanistan and Pakistan discuss the future

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Zackary Root

Regional Command EastKabul, Afghanistan – Military leaders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Force met to discuss issues concerning Pakistan and Afghanistan relations, border security and joint-operations October 13th.

The conference was held to synchronize efforts to prevent insurgents from exploiting the border to degrade security in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“The best way forward is to talk with each other,” said Pakistan Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik, commander of the Pakistan Army’s 11th Corps.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, Regional Command – East and Combined Joint Task Force-1 commanding general, and Afghan Border Police Executive Chief Maj. Gen Khalil Bakhtiyer, look over notes during a conference with Pakistan, Afghanistan and International Security Assistant Force military leaders Oct. 13th. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zackary Root, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, Regional Command – East and Combined Joint Task Force-1 commanding general, and Afghan Border Police Executive Chief Maj. Gen Khalil Bakhtiyer, look over notes during a conference with Pakistan, Afghanistan and International Security Assistant Force military leaders Oct. 13th. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zackary Root, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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New line for coalition forces, new life for Afghanistan

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – More than 3,000 miles make up the borders of Afghanistan. Yet for all this land, there is not a single view of the ocean, much less a way to receive supplies through the waterways.

For years, Afghanistan and coalition forces have shipped most of their supplies through the Indian Ocean, then trucked through Pakistan before arriving in the south of Afghanistan.

A year ago, nearly three-quarters of everything entering the country came through Pakistan. Now, through a small town in the north, the dynamics are changing. The port of Hairatan is the final stop for cargo destined for Afghanistan through a railroad that starts in central Europe.

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Petraeus recognizes Task Force Currahee Soldiers for combat actions

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan visited Soldiers with Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Sharana July 7th, to present awards as part of his final farewell tour before transitioning to CIA director.

Petraeus holds significant ties to TF Currahee. He was the 101st Airborne Division commander when discussions to reactivate the regiment began and he played a key role in planning their 2005 reactivation.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan talks with Task Force Currahee Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division July 7th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. Petraeus visited Task Force Currahee as part of his farewell tour as he prepares to retire from the U.S. Army. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan talks with Task Force Currahee Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division July 7th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. Petraeus visited Task Force Currahee as part of his farewell tour as he prepares to retire from the U.S. Army. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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