Topic: Afghan National Security Force
Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
Fort 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.
Written by Maj. Kamil Sztakolper
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.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
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.
Written by 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs
Fort 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.”
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Paktika 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”.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Paktika 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.
Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office
Kunar 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.
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Ghazni 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.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bruce Cobbeldick
Wardak 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.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
Khowst 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.”
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