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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Taskmasters maintain traditions in Afghanistan

 

Written by  Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown

1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Fenty,  Afghanistan – To be called a noncommissioned officer, or NCO, in the U.S. Army means that you have met the requirements set forth by the Army to be promoted to the rank of sergeant and the senior enlisted Soldiers and officers above you have the confidence in your ability to allow you to lead your fellow Soldiers. But that is just the beginning.

On February 6th, at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Task Force Taskmaster, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hosted an NCO induction ceremony to welcome 53 newly promoted Soldiers into the corps of NCOs that make up the backbone of the Army.

The official party for the Task Force Taskmaster NCO Induction Ceremony, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, renders a salute to the colors during the playing of the National Anthem at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown/U.S. Army)

The official party for the Task Force Taskmaster NCO Induction Ceremony, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, renders a salute to the colors during the playing of the National Anthem at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” Soldiers participate in Team building on an Afghan mountainside

 

Written by 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot
Task Force 426

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Asadabad, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar and various elements of Combined Team Bastogne conducted a team-building exercise January 24th with a hike up “Bull Run,”  an observation post, or OP, near Camp Wright and Asadabad, the capital city of Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Originally constructed by the Soviets in order to protect Camp Wright in the heat of battle, OP Bull Run is situated 4,200 feet above sea level and approximate 1,600 feet above Camp Wright.

Members of Combined Team Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar pose for a photo Jan. 24th, 2013, after completing the treacherous hike to the top of Observation Point Bull Run near Camp Wright and Asadabad, the capital city of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot, Task Force 426)

Members of Combined Team Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar pose for a photo Jan. 24th, 2013, after completing the treacherous hike to the top of Observation Point Bull Run near Camp Wright and Asadabad, the capital city of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot, Task Force 426)

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Afghan Air Force receives combat lifesaving training at Jalalabad Airfield from Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Medics

 

Written by 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot
Task Force 426 Unit Public Affairs Representative

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a five-day Combat Lifesaver, or CLS, course with the Afghan Air Force at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, January 5th-9th.

The five days consisted of intense medical training for the AAF personnel, who learned how to treat a combat casualty.  Specifically, they learned how to control traumatic bleeding, assess and maintain an airway, treat chest wounds and stabilize broken bones.

Soldiers from the Afghan Air Force practiced combat lifesaver skills on medical dummies Jan. 8th, 2013, at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. The AAF personnel were trained in CLS by medics from Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot)

Soldiers from the Afghan Air Force practiced combat lifesaver skills on medical dummies Jan. 8th, 2013, at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. The AAF personnel were trained in CLS by medics from Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot)

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TF Taskmaster Soldiers maintain weapons proficiency

 

Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jobe D. Hoffmeisterin of Clarksville, TN, Transportation Platoon, Company A, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, fires a fully automatic M4 rifle at a heavy weapons range in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Oct. 11th.

Task Force Taskmaster Soldiers understand weapons familiarization and proficiency could make the difference in the fiercest of battles.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jobe D. Hoffmeisterin of Clarksville, TN, Transportation Platoon, Company A, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, fires a fully automatic M4 rifle at a heavy weapons range in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Oct. 11th. Task Force Taskmaster Soldiers understand weapons familiarization and proficiency could make the difference in the fiercest of battles. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Preventive medicine keeps Soldiers in the fight

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Emily K. Baker, Task Force Taskmaster executive officer

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – “Mosquitoes, ants, and wasps, oh my!”

The unforgiving terrain of the Nangarhar, Nuristan, Konar and Laghman provinces in eastern Afghanistan hosts hoards of insects and wildlife that create quite a hairy situation when it comes to cohabitating with troops; however, the Soldiers of the preventive medicine section of Charlie Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Bastogne, see “combat” with these creatures on a daily basis.

What is the worst vector problem pestering Soldiers in a deployed environment?

“Flies! We have tons of flies and mosquitoes … and mosquitoes are so much worse because it’s harder to see them,” said U.S. Army Capt. Susan Gosine of Fort Campbell, KY, officer in charge of preventive medicine at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad.

U.S. Army Pvt. Joseph D. Villanueva, of Houston, Texas, a preventive medicine technician with Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Bastogne, prepares to test water samples for harmful chemicals at Forward Operating Base Fenty Aug. 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pvt. Joseph D. Villanueva, of Houston, Texas, a preventive medicine technician with Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Bastogne, prepares to test water samples for harmful chemicals at Forward Operating Base Fenty Aug. 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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