Topic: International Security Assistance Forces
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
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.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with the Afghanistan National Army’s 4th Kandak, 1st Infantry Brigade, 203rd Afghan Army Corps, demonstrated their ability to conduct an indirect-fire mission with a Russian made D-30 122mm howitzer while soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provided oversight and mentorship.
Near the mouth of the KG Pass in Mandozai district, two countries are strengthening a partnership with hard work and mentorship as they move toward a common goal: operational independence.
Fort Campbell, KY – The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade part of the 101st Airborne Division held a ceremony uncasing their unit colors at the Fort Campbell Army Airfield’s Passenger Processing Center on March 22nd.
The colors uncasing ceremony is a time-honored tradition that marks the final step of redeployment for the brigade from its yearlong mission providing rotary-wing aviation support throughout southern Afghanistan.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Balkh Province, Afghanistan – In the shadow of American, Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces flags flowing at half-staff, a New York City police officer took an oath for remain a United States Marine.
Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Ingrao, a reservist working in the Joint Robotics Center on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, held his right hand and was re-enlisted by Lt. Col. Austin Elliot, battalion commander, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
“Every year I look to this day,” Ingrao said, “but the 10-year anniversary is very special just because it’s been that long. It’s a day that every year I always remember, as a New Yorker, as an American, as a military member and as a police officer.”
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Balkh Province, Afghanistan – Around a large conference table sits they sit, a mixture of suits, the National Dress of Afghanistan, and camouflage.
Afghan men and women traveled from the 66 villages of the Dehdadi district here to have a seat, and in turn a voice, at this table.
Once a month, leaders with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conducts a shura with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss methods of improvement for the region.
Numerous local reconstruction projects started from these meetings. The battalion listens to the needs of the locals to start reconstruction through the Commander’s Emergency Response Program.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
Balkh Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Sustainment Brigade has continued to work with their northern Afghan partners in ensuring the success of the ambitious Hairatan gate border crossing project.
The project, also known as the Northern Distribution Network, has been cited by brigade commander Col. Michael Peterman as a “logistical game-changer” if done correctly, particularly in terms of what it will mean for the Afghan community and U.S. forces as they prepare for the eventual withdrawal.
The “Lifeliners” serve as the proverbial “eyes and ears” for coalition forces in Regional Command North for U.S. and Afghan cargo supply and distribution coming in and out of the country through the area, said Maj. Jesse Wentworth, former tactical command post officer in charge for Forward Operating Base Hairatan.
Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security and coalition forces from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Marawara District, Kunar Province April 3rd.
Operations began on March 29th, with the ASNF and coalition forces clearing the region around the villages of Sarowbay and Barawarlow Kalay.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – They knew where the enemy was March 13th, and they had a plan. The Taliban had been attacking them from what was considered a safe haven because of the terrain.
The Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, needed to break the Taliban of their habit.
“The insurgents use the same fighting positions their grandfathers used with the Mujahadeen against the Soviets, so they’re creatures of habit,” said U.S. Army Capt. Ryan A. McLaughlin, commander, Co. B., 2nd Bn., 327th Inf., TF No Slack. “And they stick with what works.”
Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, conducted an air assault into the eastern Pech River Valley in continued pursuit of militant fighters in the Kunar Province November 12th.
Acting on information of Taliban activity and fighters in the area, the combined force moved into the Watapur Valley, clearing the region of insurgent fighters as well as searching for weapon caches. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
“We are poor people here, and we are helpless, so we need help from the Afghan National Army and U.S. forces,” said Aleef Jan between the mountains of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.
While helping to secure the valley, a patrol of ANA and Task Force No Slack Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, found an improvised explosive device on the outskirts of his village November 4th.
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