Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division combat patch was presented to Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning, during a patching ceremony, June 6th.
On this day, 69 years ago, Currahee Soldiers participated in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France.
Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” replaces Mountain Warrior at Forward Operating Base Fenty
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, CO, stood in formation at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, December 5th as their brigade transferred authority to the 201st Afghan National Army Corps, which will now be supported by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY.
Written by Sgt. Grant Matthes
Fort 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.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
Fort Campbell, KY – As he walked into one of the post shopettes dressed in an Army Multi-cami uniform, Lt. Col. David Thompson said he was told, “thank you” and “welcome home” from a few of the civilians there.
“They thought I had come home from a deployment,” he said.
The fact was Thompson, commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, was actually preparing to head out on deployment. He and the rest of his battalion headquarters staff left this week for their year-long tour to Afghanistan.
Sergeant James Michael Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, was a Financial Management Technician assigned to Charlie Detachment, 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion; 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. He joined the Army in February 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in July 2009. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Zackary Root
Kabul, 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.
Story by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. James McCullough deployed to the Persian Gulf with the 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Desert Storm nearly 21 years ago. His son, Ryan, was born the day after he arrived back from his combat tour.
Fast forward to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: James and his first son, Spc. Ryan McCullough, are both providing convoy security in the same unit, the 1138th Transportation Company, a Missouri National Guard unit attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – From a chance encounter at a Baptist church in Georgia, Maj. Tammie Crews was able to build relationships across the world in Afghanistan.
The chaplain for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, “Task Force Lifeliner,” met with a local mother and daughter working to progress women’s rights in Afghanistan and to give them several donated needs for girls here.
Crews met Mashuq Askerzada at a church near Fort Benning, GA. Askerzada was born in Afghanistan and left for the United States decades ago. They built a friendship that lasted after Crews left the area. When Crews joined the Lifeliners to deploy to Afghanistan, Askerzada put her in contact with his sister still in Afghanistan.
Written by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack Usrey Pegasus 1 Operation Enduring Freedom
2001. I saw you for the first time when I was seven and I was afraid of you. You came into my village with clothes and vehicles I had never seen. You were very big. You wore things that hung off your body that made me tremble – you looked like a monster walking down the street. I could not see your eyes – you did not look human.
I have three brothers and a mother and father. We live in a hut on the side of the valley between the river and the mountains. My father and brothers have not had a job since the Taliban took over our valley. We sometimes don’t have enough food to eat but most of the time we have water. My mother can read a little and tells me stories about how when she was my age she went to school and learned many things. The Taliban do not allow girls to go to school. «Read the rest of this article»
Afghanistan - A multimedia piece on a U.S. Army convoy on the last leg of the famed Grand Trunk Highway. The Jalalabad – Kabul highway snakes it’s way along the Kabul Gorge between the Hindu Kush Mountains. It is an essential route for caravans heading into Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul.
Late February 28th, it was an essential route for Soldiers from Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, escorting a convoy through the shadow of the mountains.
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