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Fort Campbell 1st Brigade Combat Team SFAAT 6 says Outpost Honaker-Miracle in ANA’s capable hands

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar 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.

Afghan National Army soldiers sit in the shade at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been conducting level-two advisory missions at Honaker-Miracle to help the ANA stationed there take a more dominant role in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Afghan National Army soldiers sit in the shade at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been conducting level-two advisory missions at Honaker-Miracle to help the ANA stationed there take a more dominant role in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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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’s 101st Airborne Division Band “Ambush” performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya 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.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)

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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 Currahee Soldiers receive Combat Patch on D-Day Anniversary

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

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.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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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 War Rakkasans receive awards for Valor and Combat

 

Written by  Maj. Stacy Hopwood

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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.

Soldiers assigned to 1 Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and injuries sustain in combat during an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Soldiers assigned to 1 Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and injuries sustain in combat during an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell Bulldog Troops make former Enemy Safe Havens Uncomfortable

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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.

ZORMAT, Afghanistan – Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) observe an A-10 Warthog as it drops flares over a wheat field during Operation Sham Shir April 24, 2013, Sahak, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards)

ZORMAT, Afghanistan – Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) observe an A-10 Warthog as it drops flares over a wheat field during Operation Sham Shir April 24, 2013, Sahak, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards)

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Trip to the dentist: How partnership builds a healthier Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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.

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kavanagh, a radiology specialist, Company C, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), consults with Afghan National Army Dentist Cpt. Mirwais Hussaini, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, through the use of an interpreter at Camp Parsa, April 14, 2013. The procedure was part of an ongoing partnership between ANA and U.S. Army medical personnel for ANA troops. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kavanagh, a radiology specialist, Company C, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), consults with Afghan National Army Dentist Cpt. Mirwais Hussaini, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, through the use of an interpreter at Camp Parsa, April 14, 2013. The procedure was part of an ongoing partnership between ANA and U.S. Army medical personnel for ANA troops. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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