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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade lead logistics in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Buchanan, Liberia – As service members of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance complete their missions, the logistical mission to redeploy the equipment used to battle the virus is picking up speed.

The 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners), Task Force Lifeliner, JFC-UA, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is the lead logistics element for Operation United Assistance in West Africa.

Task Force Lifeliner brings numerous capabilities for assisting the government of Liberia and the U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa.

Pvt. 1st Class Joshua Bone with the 227th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, Joint Task Force - United Assistance, offloads a tactical water purification system (TWPS) at a waterfront in Buchanan, Liberia, on Jan. 8, 2015. The TWPS is a logistical capability that is used to provide clean water for forces supporting Operation United Assistance.  (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade)

Pvt. 1st Class Joshua Bone with the 227th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, Joint Task Force – United Assistance, offloads a tactical water purification system (TWPS) at a waterfront in Buchanan, Liberia, on Jan. 8, 2015. The TWPS is a logistical capability that is used to provide clean water for forces supporting Operation United Assistance. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade)

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Warrior spirit, working lunch: 530th CSSB hosts Afghan leaders, discuss future projects

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II, Afghanistan – In U.S. Southern culture, it is a common practice to develop relationships over food; that is, the art of sitting down at a table and bonding over a hot meal.

The 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander’s Emergency Response Program team took a page out of the book of Southern hospitality and invited Deh Dadi District Deputy Subgovernor Mohammad Akbar Askadabi and several local Afghan leaders to lunch at Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II dining facility.

Deh Dadi District Deputy Subgovernor Mohammad Akbar Askari (center) enjoys his lunch with Maj. John Stringer (right), executive officer for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, at the base dining facility. The battalion commander’s emergency response program team hosted Askari and other village elders while also discussing future development projects for the district. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Deh Dadi District Deputy Subgovernor Mohammad Akbar Askari (center) enjoys his lunch with Maj. John Stringer (right), executive officer for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, at the base dining facility. The battalion commander’s emergency response program team hosted Askari and other village elders while also discussing future development projects for the district. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Listening to concerns

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – Around a large conference table sits they sit, a mixture of suits, the National Dress of Afghanistan, and camouflage.

Afghan men and women traveled from the 66 villages of the Dehdadi district here to have a seat, and in turn a voice, at this table.

Once a month, leaders with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conducts a shura with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss methods of improvement for the region.

Numerous local reconstruction projects started from these meetings. The battalion listens to the needs of the locals to start reconstruction through the Commander’s Emergency Response Program.

Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hill, the communications section noncommissioned officer in charge for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, talks with Wali Shah, the sub governor for the Dehdadi district after a monthly shura. The 530th CSSB meets monthly with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss ways to improve the region. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hill, the communications section noncommissioned officer in charge for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, talks with Wali Shah, the sub governor for the Dehdadi district after a monthly shura. The 530th CSSB meets monthly with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss ways to improve the region. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Providing better care for the community

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – Local leaders of the Dehdadi District and the 101st Sustainment Brigade broke ground on renovations to the Dehdadi District Public Hospital.

The hospital renovations are being completed by a local workforce and will enhance the staff’s ability to care for Afghans in the area.

“This is the only free hospital around, so a lot of people come from the villages around,” said Dr. Khaleque, the hospital administrator.

Maj. Deidre Lockhart, medical operations officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Col. Michael Peterman, brigade commander, 101st Sus. Bde., Sayed Padshahy, a local contractor, and Dr. Khaleque, the hospital administrator, stand in the sole operating room at the Dehdadi District Public Hospital, September 6th. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Maj. Deidre Lockhart, medical operations officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Col. Michael Peterman, brigade commander, 101st Sus. Bde., Sayed Padshahy, a local contractor, and Dr. Khaleque, the hospital administrator, stand in the sole operating room at the Dehdadi District Public Hospital, September 6th. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Lost boy found

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II, Afghanistan – First Lt. Gabriel Chol Deng said he does not envy his fellow officers when they speak fondly of their childhood memories, but he does find himself having to walk away from those particular conversations.

Instead of enjoying a carefree youth and adolescence, Deng spent several years as an orphan separated from his family and as a guerilla fighter in his native Sudan. He was one of the infamous, “Lost Boys of Sudan,” one of thousands of displaced boys whose youth was marred by violence, brutality and survival.

And while Deng admits it’s sometimes hard to remember those hardships of his past, he said he chooses not to dwell on them.

First Lt. Gabriel Chol Deng endured many hardships as on the "Lost Boys of Sudan.” Today, he is a soldier assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

First Lt. Gabriel Chol Deng endured many hardships as on the "Lost Boys of Sudan.” Today, he is a soldier assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II continues expansion

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II, Afghanistan – From what he’s been told, 1st Lt. Robert Schnabel said Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II is a great place to be.

“I don’t get a chance to get off the FOB much, but I’ve been told it’s well laid out,” the FOB DDII mayor said.

Since their arrival in theater back in March, Schnabel and the soldiers of the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, have been improving their foxhole steadily as they continue to expand the living condition at FOB Deh Dadi II.

Sgt. William Paulk of the 900th Maintenance Company, Alabama National Guard, eats his first slice of Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza at the grand opening of the facility at Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II. The Pizza Hut completes the food court on the FOB, as the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion continues to expand construction projects there. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Sgt. William Paulk of the 900th Maintenance Company, Alabama National Guard, eats his first slice of Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza at the grand opening of the facility at Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II. The Pizza Hut completes the food court on the FOB, as the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion continues to expand construction projects there. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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A ‘Well-Defined’ Mission

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBalkh Province, Afghanistan – Clean water is hard to come by in Afghanistan. Walking around any forward operating base, a soldier will pass several water points, each stacked with cases of bottle water.

That’s not the case for the villages of Afghanistan. The Commander’s Emergency Response Program team for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion decided to tackle the issue by starting a project in the Dehdadi District to build water wells for several villages.

The 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, is addressing the needs of Afghan villagers in the Balkh province by working to provide water wells in the region. (Courtesy Photo)

The 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, is addressing the needs of Afghan villagers in the Balkh province by working to provide water wells in the region. (Courtesy Photo)

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Forward expansion: Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II stands up food court, PX

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBalkh Province, Afghanistan – A little over a year ago, Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II was beginning to come to life: the walls were constructed, the tents rose, and the soldiers moved in.

Now that the groundwork is laid, more amenities are reaching the service members assigned to FOB Dehdadi II. Over the next few weeks, Army and Air Force Exchange Services will arrive and open up at the base.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service in slated to open a post exchange and food court on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II. The first of the stores, a Green Beans Coffee and Subway, are scheduled to open for the Fourth of July, and the post exchange will open the following month. (Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Army and Air Force Exchange Service in slated to open a post exchange and food court on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II. The first of the stores, a Green Beans Coffee and Subway, are scheduled to open for the Fourth of July, and the post exchange will open the following month. (Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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