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Fort Campbell Security Force Advise and Assist Soldiers advise Afghan National Security Forces

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the Security Force Advise and Assist Team 11, along with the assistance of Soldiers from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, met with Afghan National Army Soldiers at one of their combat ouposts outside of Shur Kalay, Afghanistan, on May 25th.

Sgt. Erik Choquette, Security Force Advise and Assist Team medical advisor with the 162nd Infantry Brigade, attached to 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hangs out with Afghan National Army Soldiers in their living quarters during a visit to an ANA combat outpost outside of Shur Kalay, Afghanistan, on May 25, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Erik Choquette, Security Force Advise and Assist Team medical advisor with the 162nd Infantry Brigade, attached to 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hangs out with Afghan National Army Soldiers in their living quarters during a visit to an ANA combat outpost outside of Shur Kalay, Afghanistan, on May 25, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Bushmasters poll the population

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct a dismounted patrol March 1st, 2013, outside Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct a dismounted patrol March 1st, 2013, outside Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s Rakkasans strengthen Afghan relationship with Steel

 

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 – 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.

Soldiers with the Afghanistan National Army's 4th Kandak, 1st Infantry Brigade, 203rd Afghan Army Corps, fire a Russian made D-30 122mm howitzer during a joint training live-fire exercise with soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Camp Clark, Oct. 13, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

Soldiers with the Afghanistan National Army’s 4th Kandak, 1st Infantry Brigade, 203rd Afghan Army Corps, fire a Russian made D-30 122mm howitzer during a joint training live-fire exercise with soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Camp Clark, Oct. 13, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

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The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade uncased their colors in a ceremony at Fort Campbell yesterday

 

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort 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.

Col. Royar, the Commander of the 159th addressing the assembled soldiers and family members

Col. Royar, the Commander of the 159th addressing the assembled soldiers and family members

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The 9/11 Marine

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade

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

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.”

Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Ingrao, a Marine reservist working in the Joint Robotics Center on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, holds his right hand and is re-enlisted by Lt. Col. Austin Elliot, battalion commander of the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Ingrao is a Marine reservist, currently deployed to Afghanistan, and a New York City police officer. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Ingrao, a Marine reservist working in the Joint Robotics Center on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, holds his right hand and is re-enlisted by Lt. Col. Austin Elliot, battalion commander of the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Ingrao is a Marine reservist, currently deployed to Afghanistan, and a New York City police officer. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Listening to concerns

 

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 – 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.

Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hill, the communications section noncommissioned officer in charge for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, talks with Wali Shah, the sub governor for the Dehdadi district after a monthly shura. The 530th CSSB meets monthly with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss ways to improve the region. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hill, the communications section noncommissioned officer in charge for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, talks with Wali Shah, the sub governor for the Dehdadi district after a monthly shura. The 530th CSSB meets monthly with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss ways to improve the region. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Why Hairatan Gate matters

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBalkh 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.

The rail line at the Hairatan Gate Border Crossing provides residents in Northern Afghanistan not only a chance for economic stability, but a means for helping troops get cargo and equipment back home during the future drawdown. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

The rail line at the Hairatan Gate Border Crossing provides residents in Northern Afghanistan not only a chance for economic stability, but a means for helping troops get cargo and equipment back home during the future drawdown. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Joint forces continue Marawara operations

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar 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.

An Afghan National Army soldier enters a house in Marawara District during a joint clearing, Operation Strong Eagle III, with Task Force No Slack Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 29th. Insurgents used the area to stage attacks on International Security Assistance Forces and civilians. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Cameron Boyd, 982nd Combat Camera)

An Afghan National Army soldier enters a house in Marawara District during a joint clearing, Operation Strong Eagle III, with Task Force No Slack Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 29th. Insurgents used the area to stage attacks on International Security Assistance Forces and civilians. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Cameron Boyd, 982nd Combat Camera)

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High ground gives Soldiers advantage over Taliban

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar 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.”

Silhouetted by the rising sun, a Soldier with Task Force No Slack, steps over concertina wire after leaving a mountaintop observation post during a 12-hour combat patrol in Chowkay District's Dewegal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 13th. The area was a known Taliban hideout and the Soldiers were engaged periodically throughout the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Silhouetted by the rising sun, a Soldier with Task Force No Slack, steps over concertina wire after leaving a mountaintop observation post during a 12-hour combat patrol in Chowkay District's Dewegal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 13th. The area was a known Taliban hideout and the Soldiers were engaged periodically throughout the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Security Forces begin clearing eastern Pech River Valley

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar 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»

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