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No Slack scouts and mortarmen guard Marawara

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces recently pushed insurgents out of the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 4th.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, are setting up permanent outposts to secure the area and prevent insurgents from returning.

Security at Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk

U.S. Army Pfc. Larry W. Reed, of Quincy, FL, an infantryman with the Mortar Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, prepares ammunition while providing security at Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk high above the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 4th.

U.S. Army Pfc. Larry W. Reed, of Quincy, FL - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Pfc. Larry W. Reed, of Quincy, FL - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Scanning the valley for insurgents

U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle V. Johnson, of Momence, IL, a team leader with the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, scans the valley below through a scope and a spider net while pulling security at Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk high above the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 4th. The spider net prevents glare from giving his position away.  

U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle V. Johnson, of Momence, IL - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle V. Johnson, of Momence, IL - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Setting up the 81mm mortar

U.S. Army Pvt. Michael L. Stephenson, of Bell, FL, an indirect fire infantryman with the Mortar Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, adjust the sights of his 81mm mortar system at Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk high above the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 5th.

U.S. Army Pvt. Michael L. Stephenson, of Bell, FL - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Pvt. Michael L. Stephenson, of Bell, FL - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Mortar fire observers

U.S. Army Pfc. Alex L. Kentner of Mountain View, MO, a scout observer and U.S. Army Pfc. Roy A. Arney II, of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a radio telephone operator, observe mortar fire and call in adjustments at Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk high above the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 5th. Both Soldiers are with the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack. The mortar mission was aimed at a nearby hillside where insurgents were observed.

U.S. Army Pfc. Alex L. Kentner of Mountain View, MO, and U.S. Army Pfc. Roy A. Arney II, of Sault Ste Marie, MI - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Pfc. Alex L. Kentner of Mountain View, MO, and U.S. Army Pfc. Roy A. Arney II, of Sault Ste Marie, MI - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Obtaining a grid for mortar fire

U.S. Army Pfc. Roy A. Arney II, of Sault Ste Marie, MI, a radio telephone operator obtains a grid using a GPS for a mortar fire mission above the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province on July 5th. The mortar mission was targeted towards a nearby hillside where insurgents were observed.

U.S. Army Pfc. Roy A. Arney II, of Sault Ste Marie, MI - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Pfc. Roy A. Arney II, of Sault Ste Marie, MI - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Manning the grenade launcher 

U.S. Army Pfc. Frank K. Copass, of Thompkinsville, KY, a radio telephone operator with the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, mans an automatic grenade launcher while pulling security above Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk near the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 6th.

U.S. Army Pfc. Frank K. Copass, of Thompkinsville, KY - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Pfc. Frank K. Copass, of Thompkinsville, KY - (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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