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‘King of Battle’ steps back from the gunline

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan – The closest a combat aviation brigade normally gets to artillery is sling-loading a gun from point a to point b. Likewise, the closest artillerymen normally come to aviation is when they call for close air support on the battlefield.

Despite the lack of howitzers, the fire support teams within Task Force Thunder (159th Combat Aviation Brigade) carry an important part of the brigade’s mission in Regional Command South.

“We work in conjunction with the [intel section] for targeting and developing effects on the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua DeWitt, the fire support officer for Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment). “We manage and control fixed wing, (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and indirect fire assets to support the unit.”

Staff Sgt. Joshua DeWitt, the fire support officer for Task Force Wings, calls to establish a restricted operating zone as he verifies grid coordinates for support from a mortar team at Forward Operating Base Wolverine July 27th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

Staff Sgt. Joshua DeWitt, the fire support officer for Task Force Wings, calls to establish a restricted operating zone as he verifies grid coordinates for support from a mortar team at Forward Operating Base Wolverine July 27th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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Behind the Scenes

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyForward Operating Base Wilson, Afghanistan – In the midst of Operation Enduring Freedom, E Troop, Task Force Saber soldiers are powering the forward arming and refueling point at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

They are constantly moving to supply aircraft with the necessary resources to defend the coalition troops and local civilians.

The soldiers are available for aircraft around the clock, operating the FARP with quick and precise response techniques.

Spc. Kimberly Brooke Jones, E Troop, Task Force Saber ammunition specialist loads the rocket pod of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior as a heavy weapons team lands for fuel and ammunition Nov. 29th, 2010. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden)

Spc. Kimberly Brooke Jones, E Troop, Task Force Saber ammunition specialist loads the rocket pod of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior as a heavy weapons team lands for fuel and ammunition Nov. 29th, 2010. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden)

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The defense of COP Margah: A Story of Valor

 

Soldiers Recount Details of Thwarted Complex Attack
  
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

CurraheeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — The Soldiers tasked as the first line of defense for Combat Outpost Margah in Paktika Province were on alert due to reports of a potential attack. The six Soldiers at the observation point were ready, but nobody expected an attack of the magnitude they got.

Clouds filled the sky making that night darker than usual. U.S. Army Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, successfully defended COP Margah from a complex attack against more than 120 insurgents during the early morning hours of October 30th.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus International Security Assistance Force commander, shakes the hand of U.S. Army Spc. Timothy James of Gilbert, AZ, after pinning him with a Bronze Star Medal with Valor at Combat Outpost Margah Nov. 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Hector Santos, Task Force Currahee)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus International Security Assistance Force commander, shakes the hand of U.S. Army Spc. Timothy James of Gilbert, AZ, after pinning him with a Bronze Star Medal with Valor at Combat Outpost Margah Nov. 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Hector Santos, Task Force Currahee)

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Bastogne Overwatch: No Slack for insurgents

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNuristan Province, Afghanistan – At a remote forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan, Task Force No Slack Soldiers were sitting in a tent waiting impatiently at 2:00am November 7th. To idle away the minutes, they passed around a thick-bound book of the 101st Airborne Division’s World War II feats, some hoping to become immortalized in a similar book years from now about Operation Enduring Freedom.

They were waiting for a call to head out. The call came and Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment donned combat gear and ventured into the night to catch a helicopter to the top of a mountain deep within Taliban territory in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province.

Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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TF Viper mechanics keep helicopters flying

 

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

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Helicopters have become a common sight in Afghan skies, and whether carrying supplies and personnel or providing close air support for ground troops below, they have proven to be an invaluable asset in the war against terrorism.

Keeping those helicopters running and in top mechanical shape is no easy task, but for a few Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Salerno, that mission is their focus, and it is a job they take seriously.

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, MD, assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper works to disassemble a rotor head from an AH-64 Apache helicopter on Forward Operating Base Salerno while U.S. Army Sgt. James Elliot, turbine engine mechanic from Millbrook, AL, assigned to D Co., TF Viper, provides assistance. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, MD, assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper works to disassemble a rotor head from an AH-64 Apache helicopter on Forward Operating Base Salerno while U.S. Army Sgt. James Elliot, turbine engine mechanic from Millbrook, AL, assigned to D Co., TF Viper, provides assistance. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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Air weapons engagement kills 3 insurgents in Ghazni Province

 

Written by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Terrance Avery
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Gambler and Task Force Iron Rakkasan combined forces to kill three insurgents in southern Deh Yak District of Ghazni Province September 27th.

During a morning patrol, Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry Regiment, received small arms fire, which prompted them to return fire.

Two AH-64 Apache helicopters with 4th Attack Recon Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, known as Task Force Gambler, arrived to provide support for the Soldiers on the ground.

Remnants of a motorcycle remain after the armed driver tried to flee from Task Force Iron Rakkasan Soldiers Sept. 27th. TF Iron was conducting a morning patrol and received small arms fire, prompting them to return fire. Two AH-64 Apache helicopters from TF Gambler identified the armed motorcyclist, and the pilots engaged the insurgent and two other armed men, killing all three and destroying their weapons and the motorcycle. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Remnants of a motorcycle remain after the armed driver tried to flee from Task Force Iron Rakkasan Soldiers Sept. 27th. TF Iron was conducting a morning patrol and received small arms fire, prompting them to return fire. Two AH-64 Apache helicopters from TF Gambler identified the armed motorcyclist, and the pilots engaged the insurgent and two other armed men, killing all three and destroying their weapons and the motorcycle. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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Task Force Iron Soldiers relocate to Ghazni Province; kill insurgents, recover weapons

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – For the past several months, Task Force Iron Soldiers have worked tirelessly throughout Paktika Province, conducting numerous combat patrols, clearing miles of roadway and building relationships with local village leaders and elders to pave the way ahead.

Recently the Soldiers moved their new area of responsibility in the Andar District of Ghazni Province to join Task Force White Eagle. Although the battalion does not assume official responsibility of the area until mid-September, several platoons are already patrolling the district to prepare for the battalion’s arrival.

It didn’t take the Iron Rakkasans long to make their presence known.

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, patrol to clear a village in West Paktika Province, Afghanistan.  The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently relocated to East Ghazni province to join Task Force White Eagle.  In the first few weeks in their new area of operations, TF Iron has killed numerous insurgents and captures caches of weapons and explosive. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, patrol to clear a village in West Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently relocated to East Ghazni province to join Task Force White Eagle. In the first few weeks in their new area of operations, TF Iron has killed numerous insurgents and captures caches of weapons and explosive. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

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Combined forces kill 21 insurgents in Paktika

 

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 RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Combined security forces eliminated 21 insurgents and captured a collection of bomb making materials, disrupting a major network of enemy combatants that operate in the Sar Hawza district of Paktika Province, Afghanistan August 6th.

Early that morning, a pair of AH-64 Apaches flew over the Orgun district toward the Sar Hawza district reporting a group of 10-18 insurgents carrying weapons.

As the pilots flew over the group, the insurgents scattered and hid in the tree lines and ditches. The Apache helicopters fired two Hellfire missiles, 20 rockets, and 250 rounds of 30mm machine gun rounds, killing 17 insurgents.

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Phillip Divinski of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, points to the next objective during a mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander/released)

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Phillip Divinski of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, points to the next objective during a mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander/released)

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