Topic: AH-64 Apaches
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
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.”
Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
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.
Soldiers Recount Details of Thwarted Complex Attack
Paktika 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.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Nuristan 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.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell
Khowst 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.
Written by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Terrance Avery
Ghazni 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.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
Paktika 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.
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment
Paktika 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.
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