Topic: 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – “We appreciate the hard work that you have done here,” said Afghan National Army Maj. Rahman, the Kandak executive officer, with the aid of an interpreter.
Rahman and other ANA staff officers met with U.S. Army Soldiers from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, for breakfast at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4th.
Nangarhar 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.
Fort Campbell SFAAT Blackhorse says Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak is proficient, capable, ready to lead
Nangarhar 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.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning in Paktya Afghanistan, to boost moral for service members and civilian employees, June 25th, 2013.
This six member team travels throughout Afghanistan to support the service members deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nangarhar 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.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division combat patch was presented to Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning, during a patching ceremony, June 6th.
On this day, 69 years ago, Currahee Soldiers participated in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Margaret Taylor
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.
Written by Maj. Stacy Hopwood
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Troop C, “Shadow,” 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and combat for their actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1st.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan lay still.
Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the Afghan National Army Soldier lay in the dentist’s chair, visibly uncomfortable and in pain, the ANA dentist started probing the partially decayed tooth that was in need of extraction.
Despite being in a country where very few medical and dental facilities can be found, the ANA Garrison Support Unit Troop Medical Clinic located at Camp Parsa, an ANA training base, is a level-two healthcare facility that treats nearly 300 patients a week.
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