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Soldiers protect COP Garcia with howitzer

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Section, 1st platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 230th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, hurl a 155 mm round from Combat Outpost Garcia in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province October 2nd.

Each member of the team has a specialized role on the M777 howitzer, which can reach targets up to 13 miles away.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Section, 1st platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, hurl a 155 mm round from Combat Outpost Garcia in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Oct. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Section, 1st platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, hurl a 155 mm round from Combat Outpost Garcia in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Oct. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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TF Spartan perseveres despite challenges

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Task Force Spartan journeyed to Afghan Border Police outpost Salala with blast wall barriers, pick axes and shovels September 27th to help the ABP fortify their position.

The short 20-kilometer distance took approximately two hours due to lack of roads and unforgiving rocky terrain. Seatbelts were the only thing preventing Soldiers from bouncing off vehicle roofs and each other as they bounced along the landscape.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the back of an ABP vehicle Sept. 27th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the back of an ABP vehicle Sept. 27th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Ground Soldiers learn to fly

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – It can spot the enemy and record their activity from more than 500 feet away with video or photography.

Soldiers from Task Force Spartan participated in an 80-hour class that certified them as operators of two umanned aircraft systems – the Raven and Puma – October 2nd.

The small UASs give military personnel increased capability for force protection, battle damage assessment and convoy security.

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of an unmanned aircraft system at Combat Outpost Garcia here Oct. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of an unmanned aircraft system at Combat Outpost Garcia here Oct. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Spartan Soldiers inspect carpet factory

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Spartan provides security during a quality assessment and quality control inspection of a carpet factory in Chek Nawar Village of La Por District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province September 23rd.

The unit also  inspected a water pump at a newly built carpet factory. The inspection ensured that 90 percent of the project was completed before the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team paid the contractor.

U.S. Army Capt. Klayton D. Barrows, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a platoon leader with 2nd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, inspects a water pump at a newly built carpet factory in Chek Nawar Village of the La Por District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Capt. Klayton D. Barrows, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a platoon leader with 2nd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, inspects a water pump at a newly built carpet factory in Chek Nawar Village of the La Por District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Soldiers visit Goshta residents

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Spartan, provides security while Soldiers from their unit prepare to board their vehicles, September 26th, to visit residents in Goshta District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. The unit visited a school to donate school supplies and recreational items.

The unit also compensated a local farmer for damage to his crops by a military all-terrain vehicle earlier in the month.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dan J. Konopa, of Kokomo, Ind., a platoon leader with 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, talks with a local farmer in the Goshta District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 26th. Konopa’s platoon gave the farmer a large bag of rice as compensation for his crops that were partially damaged by a military all-terrain vehicle earlier in the month. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dan J. Konopa, of Kokomo, Ind., a platoon leader with 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, talks with a local farmer in the Goshta District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 26th. Konopa’s platoon gave the farmer a large bag of rice as compensation for his crops that were partially damaged by a military all-terrain vehicle earlier in the month. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Afghan students connect online with Soldiers

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Female students from a local Jalalabad high school recently spent a morning chatting online with three female Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Fenty September 21st.

The students were participating in a State Department sponsored program called the Global Connections and Exchange program. The GCE is administered through a grant to the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Foundation located in San Diego.

U.S. Army Spc. Jessica A. Walker, of Anoka, MN, noncommissioned officer in charge of psychological operations, assigned to the 319th Tactical Psychological Operations Company, Task Force Bastogne, participates in an online chat session with a teenage female Afghan student in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 21st.(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Jessica A. Walker, of Anoka, MN, noncommissioned officer in charge of psychological operations, assigned to the 319th Tactical Psychological Operations Company, Task Force Bastogne, participates in an online chat session with a teenage female Afghan student in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 21st.(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Afghan engineers reopen Behsood bridge

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Behsood Bridge in downtown Jalalabad reopened for traffic only three weeks after insurgents attempted to destroy it and injure coalition forces August 18th.

The bridge’s repair, an Afghan-driven initiative, is a great example of how the Afghan government is leading matters concerning its own development, such as city infrastructure.

“The bridge repair was funded and contracted entirely by the Afghan government,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. John P. LeGloahec of Spokane, WA, a deputy civil engineer with the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team. “Immediately after the incident [that damaged the bridge], Governor Sherzai funded $30,000 for the repair of the bridge.”

Afghan workers remove damaged concrete from Jalalabad’s Behsood Bridge in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province July 26th. The repair was fully funded by the Afghan government and completed by Afghan workers. The bridge is a primary route for residents traveling to and from southern and northern Jalalabad. (Photo by Abdullah Khalil, Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team local national engineer)

Afghan workers remove damaged concrete from Jalalabad’s Behsood Bridge in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province July 26th. The repair was fully funded by the Afghan government and completed by Afghan workers. The bridge is a primary route for residents traveling to and from southern and northern Jalalabad. (Photo by Abdullah Khalil, Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team local national engineer)

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Task Force No Slack Continues Clearing the Ghaki Valley

 

Photo By U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan National Security Force members cleared the village of Chenar from Taliban control during Operation Strong Eagle II, July 19th.

The objective of the operation was to clear Chenar of insurgents, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and development into the Ghaki valley.

The Ghaki Valley, which is in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, had become a place where insurgents could not be touched said Capt. Joseph L. Holliday, of New York, NY, the battalion intelligence officer with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Whitfield, of Fort Campbell, KY, the company commander of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, reviews tactical details of Operation Strong Eagle II with Afghan National Security Forces commanders at Forward Operating Base Joyce, July 18th. Capt. Whitfield's company was the lead element during the operation. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Whitfield, of Fort Campbell, KY, the company commander of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, reviews tactical details of Operation Strong Eagle II with Afghan National Security Forces commanders at Forward Operating Base Joyce, July 18th. Capt. Whitfield's company was the lead element during the operation. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Mullen visits No Slack, awards Bronze Stars

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, congratulates U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent A. Schneider, of Amarillo, Texas, a team leader with the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province July 25th.

Schneider was awarded a Bronze Star for assisting a company pinned down by enemy machine gun and small arms fire with no regard to his personal safety. Schneider also rendered aid to a Soldier who was wounded in action during the ordeal.

U.S. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, congratulates U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent A. Schneider, of Amarillo, Texas (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, congratulates U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent A. Schneider, of Amarillo, Texas (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Marawara District Shura after Operation Strong Eagle II

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. William Rockerfeller, the Battalion Operations Officer with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, listens in during a district Shura at the conclusion of Operation Strong Eagle II in the Daridam village of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province July 19th.

During the Shura, provincial and district leaders encouraged villagers to return to their homes and discussed the best place to distribute human aid. Operation Strong Eagle II cleared insurgents from the nearby village of Chenar and extended the reach of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces.

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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