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NDS, Task Force Iron Rakkasan gather Bande Sardeh elders, sign security pact

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Village elders gathered at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh to sign a pact pledging to keep insurgents out of their villages and report insurgent activity to security forces in eastern Andar District December 21st.

Afghans taking more responsibility for security is the first step for establishing lasting security in the area, said Abdul Wahab, an agent for the Afghan National Directorate of Security.

Twenty-seven village elders gathered Dec. 21st at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh in eastern Andar District to discuss an agreement to keep the Taliban out of their villages. The signing of the pact is one step towards security in Bande Sardeh and enables the Afghans to protect themselves.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin Mullis, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion)

Twenty-seven village elders gathered Dec. 21st at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh in eastern Andar District to discuss an agreement to keep the Taliban out of their villages. The signing of the pact is one step towards security in Bande Sardeh and enables the Afghans to protect themselves. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin Mullis, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion)

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NDS, Task Force Iron Rakkasans seize weapons in Andar district

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs 

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment conducted a search operation in Shaf Khel Village in Andar District, Ghazni Province, December 12th.

They found 11 weapons after four hours of searching, as well as magazines and ammunition, including three AK-47s, 10 AK-47 magazines, hundreds of rounds, two Russian assault rifles, a Russian light machine gun, two rifles and a pistol.

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ANSF, TF Iron Rakkasan begin Operation Shamshir in Ghazni Province

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhost Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, began the transition from the Paktika Province into the Ghazni Province with an air assault operation in support of Operation Shamshir in east Ghazni August 2nd-3rd.

Afghan National Army Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Regiment, took the lead in the operation and played a key role in the planning process.

Afghan Uniformed Policemen line up to load onto CH-47 Chinook Helicopters prior to an air assault operation in support of Operation Shamshir in Ghazni Province August 2nd. (U.S. Army Courtesy Photo)

Afghan Uniformed Policemen line up to load onto CH-47 Chinook Helicopters prior to an air assault operation in support of Operation Shamshir in Ghazni Province August 2nd. (U.S. Army Courtesy Photo)

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ANSF, 3-187 air assault into Monari, eliminate insurgent cell

 

Paktika Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment conducted an air assault operation in Monari village and nearby Omar Khel, Kushamond District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, June 25th.

This air assault was conducted in response to information provided by Afghan villagers about insurgent activity.  

Monari village is considered a safe haven for multiple insurgent key leaders said U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Schwengler, Company B commander, from Bismark, ND.  

As the ANSF moved through the village, a group of three insurgents fired at the patrolling security forces while using a well to provide cover.

Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, load into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter upon completion of an air assault operation in Monari village and nearby Omar Khel, Kushamond District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, June 25th. (U.S. Army Courtesy Photo)

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Night time training prepares 101st Airborne Division unit for real world situations

 

101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFor the soldiers of Bravo Company, 3-187 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Battlehard), training is a never ending proposition. How well they learn these lessons here at home, can become a matter of life or death during their time in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The exercise they were presented with this evening comes straight from the Poppy fields of Afghanistan.

We were to meet up with the units participating in the exercise out in the field. When we arrived, the soldiers who had arrived before us had already spread out and conducted their security sweeps. Listening and observation posts were established covering the various approaches to the pickup zone. The units to be transported were in a waiting state known as PZ posture. As you might guess PZ stands for Pickup Zone.

Soldiers of Bravo Company, 3-187 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Battlehard)

Soldiers of Bravo Company, 3-187 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Battlehard)

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