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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike: The Gun Raid

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.

The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.

But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Falcon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Erbil, Iraq – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.

“We are partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga,” said Lt. Col. Edwin Matthaidess, commander of 2-502nd, also known as Task Force Falcon. “The MOP is part of the Kurdish Regional Government and is one of the security elements, per the Iraqi constitution, that makes up the Iraqi security forces. It is comprised of 14 regional guard brigades, which makes up their main combat power. As part of our advise and assist duties, we focus on the manning, training, and equipping.”

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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101st Airborne Soldiers build elite Iraqi force with Ranger Training

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Camp Taji, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took charge of a ranger training program for qualified volunteers from Iraqi security forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, when they arrived in May.

The ranger training program, led by Company A, 1-502nd, is one of the multiple building partner capacity missions the around 1,800 member strong task force leads in Iraq.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Blanton, center, a trainer with Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, assists Iraqi army ranger students during a room clearing drill at Camp Taji, Iraq July 18, 2016. Students were first instructed as a whole by their leadership, then broken into small groups for practice. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve build partner capacity locations dedicated to training Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Blanton, center, a trainer with Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, assists Iraqi army ranger students during a room clearing drill at Camp Taji, Iraq July 18, 2016. Students were first instructed as a whole by their leadership, then broken into small groups for practice. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve build partner capacity locations dedicated to training Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers provide Artillery support for Iraqi security forces with indirect fires

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)  Task Force Strike conducted fire mission from Kara Soar Base Iraq, during an operation in support of the Iraqi Army, June 14th, 2016.

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

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101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Logistics Advise, Assist enables Iraqi security force

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Camp Taji, Iraq – In the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, comprised of forces from 18 Coalition nations, is building the capacity of Iraqi security forces.

Whether it is targeting the enemy with ground and air strikes or training and equipping, CJFLCC-OIR’s mission is to enable ISF and the government of Iraq to defeat ISIL.

Capt. Shige Clark with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to her Iraqi counterpart about the layout and procedures of a medical supply storage facility July 12, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. The 5256th BSB and other coalition forces on Camp Taji are advising the Iraqi security forces on logistics programs and procedures. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Capt. Shige Clark with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to her Iraqi counterpart about the layout and procedures of a medical supply storage facility July 12, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. The 5256th BSB and other coalition forces on Camp Taji are advising the Iraqi security forces on logistics programs and procedures. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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U.S. Army announces additional 101st Airborne Division troops to deploy to Iraq

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Army announced today the deployment of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with approximately 400 soldiers to Iraq this summer in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

These soldiers will deploy as a part of the President’s recent announcement of an increase in authorized troop levels in Iraq.

They will join approximately 1,300 previously deployed soldiers from the same unit which deployed this spring.

101st Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team to deploy to Iraq. (Sam Shore)

101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team to deploy to Iraq. (Sam Shore)

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2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division welcomes new Strike 7

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Erbil, Iraq – Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, command sergeant major of the “Strike” brigade, relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason L. Wilson, who comes to Strike from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he played a role in preparing the Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Brady, I have been told on multiple occasions that I have big shoes to fill succeeding you here as the brigade command sergeant major, and they are right,” said Wilson during the ceremony. “What you have been able to accomplish here has been nothing short of amazing.”

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike Soldiers and Aviation units refine sling load skills

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Taji, Iraq – Soldiers from Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and pilots from Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Brigade refined their sling load skills at Camp Taji, Iraq, July 15th.

As the U.S. Army’s only Air Assault division, the 101st is trained and equipped to conduct operations to rapidly move around the battlefield.

A hook-up team, consisting of Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, attach an M1151 Humvee to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a sling load training exercise July 16 2016, in Taji, Iraq. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

A hook-up team, consisting of Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, attach an M1151 Humvee to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a sling load training exercise July 16 2016, in Taji, Iraq. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division’s Task Force Strike M777 Howitzer Battery welcomes new Commander

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – Artillerymen from Battery C, 1st Battalion 320th Field Artillery conducted a change of command ceremony at the Kara Soar Base, Iraq, July 25, 2016.

A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commander to another. The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one signifies the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit’s commander.

Lt. Col. Charles W. Kean, left, commander, of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, passes the Battery C guidon to Capt. Joseph Berlin, center, symbolizing his new authority as the commander of the battery at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, July 25, 2016. Battery C’s mission in Iraq is to provide precision, surface-to-surface fires during Operation Inherent Resolve. (Maj. Ireka Sanders)

Lt. Col. Charles W. Kean, left, commander, of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, passes the Battery C guidon to Capt. Joseph Berlin, center, symbolizing his new authority as the commander of the battery at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, July 25, 2016. Battery C’s mission in Iraq is to provide precision, surface-to-surface fires during Operation Inherent Resolve. (Maj. Ireka Sanders)

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Fort Campbell Cav Soldiers in Task Force Strike find ways to adapt, build morale

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Iraq – At Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike have a critical mission: protecting the artillery pieces assisting Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

“We’re in charge of protecting this place,” said Sgt. Arturro Hernandez of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment. “We secure the gun line and make sure those operations are without interruption. They’re a key element of helping the Iraqi security force operations clearing Da’esh out of the area.”

Sgt. Arturro Hernandez of Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike, looks through his binoculars during his guard shift June 18th, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. Part of Troop A’s mission is protecting the artillery responsible for the fires at the Kara Soar Base. The fires at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and fire in support of maneuver, enabling ISF to defeat Daesh. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. Arturro Hernandez of Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike, looks through his binoculars during his guard shift June 18th, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. Part of Troop A’s mission is protecting the artillery responsible for the fires at the Kara Soar Base. The fires at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and fire in support of maneuver, enabling ISF to defeat Daesh. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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