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101st Airborne Division Rakkasan mortarmen train day and night

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Alex Kirk Amen
115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army mortarmen with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a live-fire exercise, March 1st, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana.

The mortar section conducts drills daily to ensure they can be ready to fire quickly when called upon.

U.S. Army Spc. Donavan Dauzat, a mortarman with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), adjusts a 120 mm mortar tube during a training exercise, March 1, 2013, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana. The mortar section trains daily for fire missions. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Alex Kirk Amen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Donavan Dauzat, a mortarman with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), adjusts a 120 mm mortar tube during a training exercise, March 1, 2013, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana. The mortar section trains daily for fire missions. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Alex Kirk Amen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Company C captures insurgent mortar system

 

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 from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, reduced local insurgents’ ability to conduct indirect fire attacks from a village in Andar when they captured a mortar system December 7th.

According to battalion operations officer U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Terrance Avery, from Bolivar, MO, insurgents have used indirect fire in and around the Miri District Center in Andar frequently over the last month.

Andar District’s police chief inspects a cache find consisting of an 82mm mortar system and ammunition found in Chor Village, Andar District Dec. 7th by members of Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, Task Force Iron Rakkasan Information Operations)

Andar District’s police chief inspects a cache find consisting of an 82mm mortar system and ammunition found in Chor Village, Andar District Dec. 7th by members of Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, Task Force Iron Rakkasan Information Operations)

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Combined forces’ efforts break insurgent blockade of Marjaneh bazaar

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchPaktika Province, Afghanistan – A blockade on the Marjaneh bazaar that threatened to starve Waza Khawa residents into supporting the insurgency recently ended thanks to Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment and Afghan Uniformed Police in the area.

The blockade began in early June, with insurgents using a combination of improvised explosive devices, indirect fire and small arms in an effort to keep food shipments and coalition forces away from the area, said 3-187 spokesman U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, from Fort Campbell, KY.

In response, coalition forces began construction on a checkpoint June 9th.

During the construction process, U.S. Soldiers, AUP and members of the Afghan National Army provided security. The checkpoint was completed June 28th.

Afghan National Security Forces gather together at the new location of the Marjaneh Afghan Uniformed Police checkpoint. (U.S. Army Courtesy Photo)

Afghan National Security Forces gather together at the new location of the Marjaneh Afghan Uniformed Police checkpoint. (U.S. Army Courtesy Photo)

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