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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team encourages Cooperation, One village at a time

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztakolper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army soldiers from Whiskey Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, and leaders from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, met with their Afghan National Security Force counterparts and village elders of Kunday village to discussion historical security concerns, September 9th.

Sgt. Kamal, an Afghan Uniformed Police officer, discusses security issues with villagers from Kunday on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Sept. 8, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dwyer, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Kamal, an Afghan Uniformed Police officer, discusses security issues with villagers from Kunday on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Sept. 8, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dwyer, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Female Afghan police make their mark

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Members of the Bastogne Female Engagement Team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sat down with female members of the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and Afghan Border Police (ABP) to develop a greater understanding of the roles women play within the AUP and ABP in Nangarhar Province January 19th at the ABP Zone 1 compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Female Engagement Team members Spc. Samantha Banda, from La Feria, Texas, Spc. Bianca Roig from Eagle Pass, Texas, and Sgt. Stacey Coffield from Orange County, Calif. discuss a variety of issues with female members of the Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan Border Patrol at the ABP compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 18th, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown, TF 1-101 Public Affairs)

1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Female Engagement Team members Spc. Samantha Banda, from La Feria, Texas, Spc. Bianca Roig from Eagle Pass, Texas, and Sgt. Stacey Coffield from Orange County, Calif. discuss a variety of issues with female members of the Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan Border Patrol at the ABP compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 18th, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown, TF 1-101 Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Week of the Eagles starts August 10th

 

Written by 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell's Week of the EaglesFort Campbell, KY – The “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will host the 2012 Week of the Eagles, August 10th-17th, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY, to reflect upon all that the division’s Soldiers have achieved since the unit was created with no history, but with a “Rendezvous with Destiny.”

“Week of the Eagles is a time for 101st Soldiers of the past and present to come together and reflect on the great legacy of the 101st Airborne Division,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“This year is particularly significant because it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the division. We invite all Soldiers, families and friends to participate and experience Week of the Eagles 2012.”

2012 Week of the Eagles

2012 Week of the Eagles

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Task Force Currahee service members discuss the importance of Armed Forces Day

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Service members from Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Pakitka Province in Afghanistan’s Regional Command-East took a moment from their day-to-day routine to reflect on the importance of being honored by Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 as a way to acknowledge service members of the U.S. armed forces.  This year’s theme is “United in Strength”.

(From Left to Right) U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Eric Shaner, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Lars Swanson, U.S. Army Sgt. Karl Keller,  and U.S. Army Spc. Tommy Rowland, all attached to Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division render a salute May 21st, in recognition of Armed Forces Day.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

(From Left to Right) U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Eric Shaner, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Lars Swanson, U.S. Army Sgt. Karl Keller, and U.S. Army Spc. Tommy Rowland, all attached to Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division render a salute May 21st, in recognition of Armed Forces Day. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee leaders attend Paktika peace conference

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The command team from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, attended a peace conference hosted by Paktika Province Gov. Moheebullah Samim at the Governor’s Provincial Center January 22nd. 

The main topics discussed at the conference were economic betterment, peace and security.

“Soon construction will begin on a local prison, which will not only help improve security but will help provide jobs for the local area,” said U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force Currahee, and native of Ridgefield, CT.

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Darrin Rickets, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Hambrick, commander, deputy commander and command sergeant major, respectively, of Task Force Currahee, attend a peace conference hosted by Paktika Province Gov. Moheebullah Samim and the Peace Council at the Governor Provincial Center Jan. 22nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Darrin Rickets, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Hambrick, commander, deputy commander and command sergeant major, respectively, of Task Force Currahee, attend a peace conference hosted by Paktika Province Gov. Moheebullah Samim and the Peace Council at the Governor Provincial Center Jan. 22nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Operations conclude in Pech River Valley

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – The combined security force of Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, finished clearing operations in the western Pech River Valley here November 3rd.

The ANSF and ISAF combined force continued to take deliberate steps to avoid hurting innocent civilians as the operation ended.

The latest reports indicate that three more insurgents have been killed, bringing the total for the operation to eight. The ANSF and ISAF had no casualties.

The clearing uncovered several caches, which contained weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, improvised explosive device-making materials, and materials used to make homemade explosives.

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TF Iron improves new home

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Just 45 days after officially claiming occupancy at Forward Operating Base Andar, Task Force Iron Rakkasans transformed their location from a sand pit with four walls, to a well-established home with all of the basic accommodations.

The Soldiers of the forward support company were instrumental in the construction and the improvements in the quality of life.

Although the engineer unit supporting 3rd Brigade were the primary builders for the key structures for the Iron Rakkasans to operate at FOB Andar, the handy work of FSC Soldiers did a great deal to improve the living conditions.

Dining facilities at Forward Operating Base Andar provide an indoor eating area for the Soldiers to enjoy their meals. Over time, a mobile mess tent was established for Soldiers to receive prepared meals, and Soldiers ate wherever they could find a spot to sit until tents were established to provide an enclosed area to eat. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

Dining facilities at Forward Operating Base Andar provide an indoor eating area for the Soldiers to enjoy their meals. Over time, a mobile mess tent was established for Soldiers to receive prepared meals, and Soldiers ate wherever they could find a spot to sit until tents were established to provide an enclosed area to eat. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

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Coalition, Afghan forces conduct air assault in Chak

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bruce Cobbeldick
Task Force Bayonet Public Affairs

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Wardak Province, Afghanistan – The paratroopers of Task Forces Talon and Brawler, along with their Afghan National Army partners, conducted a clearing operation in the Chak District of Wardak Province September 24th, the largest air assault mission conducted during this deployment by the Sky Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

TF Talon’s staff, in coordination with planners from 3rd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 201st Corps, the 6th Afghan Commandos, TF Brawler, 2nd Platoon of TF Rock’s Battle Company, and other units who supported the operation, planned the air assault mission in just more than 48 hours.

A paratrooper from Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team speaks with village elders in Chak District, Wardak Province, during Operation Talon Purge Sept. 24th, the largest air assault operation the Sky Soldiers of the 173rd ABCT and their Afghan counterparts executed since their arrival in theater. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

A paratrooper from Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team speaks with village elders in Chak District, Wardak Province, during Operation Talon Purge Sept. 24th, the largest air assault operation the Sky Soldiers of the 173rd ABCT and their Afghan counterparts executed since their arrival in theater. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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ANSF, TF Rakkasan rehearse Afghan elections security plan at Salerno

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – As part of the election planning process, about 50 members of the various Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces met at Forward Operating Base Salerno for a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal September 15th to go over final details and answer questions about the security of Afghanistan’s September 18th parliamentary elections.

“The purpose of the meeting was to synchronize our efforts throughout the Khowst Province to ensure a successful election,” said U.S. Army Maj. Mark Leslie, native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and operations officer for 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “We not only want to ensure its success in the turnout of voters and the safe transportation of ballots, but also that it is a legitimate election and that it’s perceived as a legitimate election to the local population. We also want the Afghan people to feel free to vote and to be able to exercise that freedom.”

Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi, governor of Khowst Province, takes a few moments to speak with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, following a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15th at Forward Operating Base Salerno. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi, governor of Khowst Province, takes a few moments to speak with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, following a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15th at Forward Operating Base Salerno. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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