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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team completes redeployment from Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell, KY – The never ending cycling of soldiers between the battlefield to the home front and vise versa continued Wednesday evening with the return of the final flight of 259 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Bastogne).

For the past nine months the 1st Brigade Combat Team had been in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan as part of SFAAT Blackhorse which has been working to help prepare the Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak, 4th brigade, 201st Corps for the upcoming transfer of authority as U. S. Forces prepare to withdraw from that country.

Families wait for the airplane carrying their soldier's home to land

Families wait for the airplane carrying their soldier’s home to land

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Fort Campbell’s SFAAT Archangel reports Afghan security forces winning local loyalty

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division1st Brigade Combat TeamNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – “I’ve never seen somebody that people loved more: him walking down the street, and the crowds would gather around him, and they would listen to every single word he said,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Studer of his Afghan National Army counterpart. “They wanted to be Afghan, and they wanted to be proud of their country.”

Studer is a member of Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. SFAAT Archangel spent the last nine months working with the ANA’s 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, out of former Forward Operating Base Shinwar.

The Afghan National Army deputy commander for the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, gives 1st Lt. Kyle Harnitcheck from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel the gift of a hat and scarf at former Forward Operating Base Shinwar in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (Sgt. Margaret Taylor/U.S. Army)

The Afghan National Army deputy commander for the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, gives 1st Lt. Kyle Harnitcheck from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel the gift of a hat and scarf at former Forward Operating Base Shinwar in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (Sgt. Margaret Taylor/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team helps Afghan National Security Forces safeguard Economy

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Highway 7 corridor running through eastern Nangarhar isn’t like any other in the province, maybe even the country.

Sure, the two- to-three-lane asphalt road doesn’t look like much. It winds through mountains and tree-lined villages and shoots across broad, arid spaces the same as any other paved road in the region.

What makes it special is the traffic that runs along it.

U.S. Army Capt. Nicholas Drake, commander, Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Calabasas, Calif., confers with Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Mohammad Bashir, commander, 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, on the outskirts of the village of Takiya Khana, Bati Kot district, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, June 15, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Capt. Nicholas Drake, commander, Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Calabasas, Calif., confers with Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Mohammad Bashir, commander, 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, on the outskirts of the village of Takiya Khana, Bati Kot district, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, June 15, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell SFAAT Blackhorse says Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak is proficient, capable, ready to lead

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Seven weeks ago, U.S. and Afghan National Security Forces worked together to clear enemy fighters from Hesarak, a remote district center in western Nangarhar Province.

That operation set several precedents: Afghan National Army and Air forces pooled their resources for a joint air assault; ANSF made their presence known in a little-patrolled area; and Afghans took the lead.

A U.S. Army Soldier with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Blackhorse, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, examines a container of mortar rounds at former Forward Operating Base Connolly, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

A U.S. Army Soldier with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Blackhorse, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, examines a container of mortar rounds at former Forward Operating Base Connolly, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell Bulldog Soldiers oversee Operation Shahee XIII

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Fort Campbell’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment “Bulldogs”, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take an over-watch position at OP Cobra during Operation Shaheen XIII, near Boti Kot, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment "Bulldogs", 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Shaheen XIII in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army)

Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment “Bulldogs”, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Shaheen XIII in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers put Female Body Armor Prototypes through paces

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Last summer, prototypes for new female body armor was distributed to select female 101st Airborne Division Soldiers at Fort Campbell, KY, for field-testing during an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Gender-specific body armor has been, in many ways, a long time coming. Military clothing classically comes in two sizes: too big or too small. While this may be workable for garrison duty uniforms, it isn’t acceptable for protective gear.

U.S. Army Spc. Bianca Beck, team member, brigade Female Engagement Team, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Eagle Pass, Texas, secures equipment to her body armor at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Bianca Beck, team member, brigade Female Engagement Team, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Eagle Pass, Texas, secures equipment to her body armor at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team along with Afghan Border Police deliver Supplies to Local School

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionJalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan – The Zone 1 Afghan Border Police along with 2nd Brigade Afghan National Civil Order Police delivered school supplies to hundreds of students as part of a community outreach mission, May 25th, at a school in western Jalalabad.

U.S. Army Soldiers with ABP Zone 1 Security Forces Advise and Assistance Team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division assisted their Afghan National Security Forces counterparts by providing security and help hand out supplies.

A local Afghan schoolgirl smiles after she receives school supplies from Afghan Border Police and 2nd Brigade Afghan National Civil Order Police soldiers during a community outreach mission, May 25, 2013, in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, CT 1-101 Public Affairs)

A local Afghan schoolgirl smiles after she receives school supplies from Afghan Border Police and 2nd Brigade Afghan National Civil Order Police soldiers during a community outreach mission, May 25, 2013, in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, CT 1-101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers observe Air Assault, the Afghan way

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Margaret Taylor
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Dozens of Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan Uniformed Police, and a smattering of U.S. Army Soldiers serving as mission advisors sat by their heavy packs on the gravel, talking and laughing in quiet anticipation, waiting for a sound.

After several hours of checks and double-checks, roll calls and final updates from the command center, the punchy staccato of rotors came faintly in the distance. Louder and louder the noise sounded, until the reverberations deafened and the dusty prop-wash buffeted those waiting at the landing zone for the choppers.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, secure a landing zone for Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopters outside the village of Hesarak, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, May 17. The Mi-17s will transport Afghan National Army Soldiers back to Forward Operating Base Connolly after a successful Afghan led clearing operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Vang Seng Thao, 55th Signal Company, Combat Camera)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, secure a landing zone for Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopters outside the village of Hesarak, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, May 17. The Mi-17s will transport Afghan National Army Soldiers back to Forward Operating Base Connolly after a successful Afghan led clearing operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Vang Seng Thao, 55th Signal Company, Combat Camera)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Bulldogs assist ANSF to secure Wazir Valley

 

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

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently completed a five day mission, titled OQUAAB XI, with their Afghan National Security Forces partners March 27th–31st, in the Wazir Valley of the Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

OQUAAB, which is Pashtu for Eagle, was a combined operation consisting of ANSF forces from the Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniformed Police, Afghan Border Police, Afghan Local Police and Coalition Forces.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct to a patrol of a local bazaar, March 30, 2013, in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The patrol was part of a five day mission in conjunction with the Afghan National Security Forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, RC-East PAO)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct to a patrol of a local bazaar, March 30, 2013, in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The patrol was part of a five day mission in conjunction with the Afghan National Security Forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, RC-East PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers get visit from U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

 

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 – Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Chuck Hagel, visited the U.S. Army Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, March 9th.

Hagel and his team landed at Forward Operating Base Fenty in a U.S. Air Force C-130 and were given a briefing by the command team of 1st BCT about the status of operations in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces in Afghanistan.

After the briefing, Hagel made his way to the entrance of the FOB where he addressed Combined Team Bastogne Soldiers.

U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Chuck Hagel, speaks to Combined Team Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, March 9, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Combined Team 1-101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Chuck Hagel, speaks to Combined Team Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, March 9, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Combined Team 1-101 Public Affairs)

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