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DOD News Briefing with Col. Luong via Teleconference from Afghanistan

 

United States Department of DefenseJames Turner (deputy director, Pentagon Press Office):  Okay, Colonel Luong, this is Jim Turner in the Pentagon Briefing Room.  Can you hear me?

Colonel Luong:  I can hear you loud and clear, Jim.

Mr Turner:  Good morning here, and good morning in Afghanistan, I’d like to welcome to the Pentagon Briefing Room Colonel Viet Luong. He is commander of Task Force Rakkasan and commander of — and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  As part of Regional Command East, Colonel Luong’s 3,800-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.  In February, the brigade assumed operational responsibility of Khost, Paktika and Paktya provinces.  In August, Task Force Rakkasan relinquished control of Paktika province to Task Force Currahee composed of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  One of Colonel Luong’s battle task forces subsequently joined Task Force White Eagle, the Polish battle group, and is currently conducting operations in Andar and Deh Yak districts in Ghazni province. «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force White Eagle, Task Force Iron Rakkasan eliminate insurgents

 

Written by Artur Weber,
Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs
and U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek,
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a combined operation with Polish Battle Group A in Bashir Village, Andar District, in eastern Ghazni Province to cordon and search an insurgent safehaven December 30th.

Polish and U.S. forces and local Afghan Uniformed Police worked together to find four caches of bomb-making materials, a military chest rack, three AK-47s and two hand grenades. They also detained three insurgents.

Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the Polish Battle Group A pull security from a rooftop during a combined operation in Andar District Dec. 30th. The joint forces combined with local Afghan Uniformed Police officers to seize four caches of bomb-making materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the Polish Battle Group A pull security from a rooftop during a combined operation in Andar District Dec. 30th. The joint forces combined with local Afghan Uniformed Police officers to seize four caches of bomb-making materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

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NDS, Task Force Iron Rakkasan gather Bande Sardeh elders, sign security pact

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Village elders gathered at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh to sign a pact pledging to keep insurgents out of their villages and report insurgent activity to security forces in eastern Andar District December 21st.

Afghans taking more responsibility for security is the first step for establishing lasting security in the area, said Abdul Wahab, an agent for the Afghan National Directorate of Security.

Twenty-seven village elders gathered Dec. 21st at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh in eastern Andar District to discuss an agreement to keep the Taliban out of their villages. The signing of the pact is one step towards security in Bande Sardeh and enables the Afghans to protect themselves.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin Mullis, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion)

Twenty-seven village elders gathered Dec. 21st at Forward Operating Base Bande Sardeh in eastern Andar District to discuss an agreement to keep the Taliban out of their villages. The signing of the pact is one step towards security in Bande Sardeh and enables the Afghans to protect themselves. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin Mullis, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion)

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NDS, Task Force Iron Rakkasans seize weapons in Andar district

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs 

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment conducted a search operation in Shaf Khel Village in Andar District, Ghazni Province, December 12th.

They found 11 weapons after four hours of searching, as well as magazines and ammunition, including three AK-47s, 10 AK-47 magazines, hundreds of rounds, two Russian assault rifles, a Russian light machine gun, two rifles and a pistol.

Information regarding the location of the illegal weapons came from National Directorate of Security interviews of the villagers. «Read the rest of this article»

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Iron Rakkasans find, destroy 2 IED caches

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – One of Task Force Iron Rakkasan’s missions is to find and destroy insurgent improvised explosive device materials before the enemy is able to use them to damage vehicles or injure coalition or Afghan forces or civilians. TF Iron Rakkasan Soldiers found two caches during the last month, keeping IEDs out of the hands of enemies.

In mid-October, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Rakkasan), 101st Airborne Division, worked with special forces to find and destroy 3,000 pounds of homemade explosives in western Andar District of Ghazni Province. That quantity of explosives is enough to make about 100 IEDs, according to explosives experts in the battalion, said U.S. Marine Capt. Stuart Scheller from Cincinnati, Task Force Iron Rakkasan counter-IED officer. «Read the rest of this article»

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TF Iron conducts air assault to stop insurgent attacks

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasans continue thwart insurgent activities as three platoons took part in an air assault operation into Shamshay Village, Andar District, here October 29th. 

Shamshay Village is a frequently used staging area for insurgent attacks against coalition forces as well as Afghan National Security Forces. Intelligence reports targeted several houses as commonly used bed-down locations for insurgent leaders. «Read the rest of this article»

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Homemade explosives destroyed by coalition forces

 

Written by Regional Command-East Public Affairs 

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Ghazni Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces discovered more than 3,000 pounds of homemade explosives in approximately 70 barrels hidden in an abandoned building while conducting search and clearing operations in the Andar District, Ghazni Province, October 14th.

Coalition explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers were able to destroy the material on site without risk to civilians or property.

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TF Iron Rakkasan offers condolences to families of civilians

 

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

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Members of Task Force Iron Rakkasan met with village elders and the Andar District Sub-Governor Sher Khan October 8th following an incident that resulted in civilian casualties to express sympathy and offer condolences.

During the morning of September 29th, members of C Co., 3rd Battalion, 3-187th Infantry Regiment and the Afghanistan Uniformed Police were attacked by insurgents during a combat patrol near Fire Base Miri in Andar District.

Task Force Iron Rakkasan leadership speaks to village elders and the Andar district sub-governor Oct. 8th following an incident that resulted in civilian casualties. The insurgent-initiated firefight resulted in four civilians killed and three civilians wounded. The wounded were evacuated to nearby Forward Operating Base Ghazni for medical care and eventually taken to Bagram Air Field. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Scott Harris)

Task Force Iron Rakkasan leadership speaks to village elders and the Andar district sub-governor Oct. 8th following an incident that resulted in civilian casualties. The insurgent-initiated firefight resulted in four civilians killed and three civilians wounded. The wounded were evacuated to nearby Forward Operating Base Ghazni for medical care and eventually taken to Bagram Air Field. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Scott Harris)

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Task Force Iron Rakkasan supports parliamentary elections in Afghanistan

 

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 – Task Force Iron Rakkasan assisted the Afghan government and the Afghan National Security Forces in eastern Ghazni province September 18th to provide safe and legitimate polling.

The leaders from each element spent the past several weeks planning and preparing for the elections to ensure it was safe, secure and free from corruption.

Young voters in Deh Yak District here wait their turn to enter the polling center and cast their vote Sept. 18th. It wasn’t until 9:00am, two hours after the polling centers opened, that the insurgents started to conduct attacks. Task Force Iron, who assisted the Afghan National Security Forces in providing security, engaged the enemy 20 times throughout Deh Yak and Andar districts. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)“With the Afghan police and the assistance of the U.S. forces, we are confident of a well executed election process,” said Sher Khan, sub-governor of Andar District, prior to the elections.

Between the two districts, nine polling centers were open to the public. The Afghan National Police provided immediate security at each station while the Afghan National Army secured the outlying areas. «Read the rest of this article»

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TF Iron Rakkasan Soldier reenlists after being wounded in action

 

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 – The Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, Iron Rakkasan, has some tough Soldiers.

U.S. Army Sgt. William Bickers from Cincinnati, a mortar man for Battlehard Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, epitomized that strength September 16th.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, stands over the bedside of U.S. Army Sgt. William Bickers Sept. 16th at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Campbell presented Bickers with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his direct engagement with the enemy and a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty while on a foot patrol in Andar District, Ghazni province. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. R.J. Peek)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, stands over the bedside of U.S. Army Sgt. William Bickers Sept. 16th at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Campbell presented Bickers with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his direct engagement with the enemy and a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty while on a foot patrol in Andar District, Ghazni province. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. R.J. Peek)

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