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Rakkasan leaders bring Christmas dinner to remote base in Khowst province

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna 
3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. The food was brought to the remote location by helicopter and served to the Soldeirs by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team command team.  Flying in Christmas dinner helped to brighten holiday spirits while the Soldiers are separated from friends and family during the holidays.

The unit recently began operations in the new facility, requiring the Christmas meal to be flow from a larger installation near Khowst, Afghanistan to the remote location.

Two U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Chris McKenna)

Two U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Chris McKenna)

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Task Force Red Knight captures 3, locates weapons cache

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The combination of weapons, ammunition, improvised explosive devices and enemy insurgents spell danger for any coalition forces facing them.

Fortunately, a highly-skilled group of Soldiers here make it their mission to locate, capture or destroy insurgents and their weapons before they can be used against friendly forces.

The Soldiers are from Task Force Red Knight’s Focused Targeting Force, a specialized team including members of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, as well as a group of Afghan National Army Soldiers, a team of Explosive Ordinance Device personnel, U.S. law enforcement personnel, a Counter IED team and a Human Intelligence Team.

In all, the FTF is comprised of more than 60 specialized personnel.  Together they have conducted more than 40 successful missions, capturing 15 joint priority targets as well as weapons, ammunition and IED parts.

U.S. Army Soldiers with the Focused Tactical Force, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, run towards a CH-47 helicopter following an air-assault operation in Bak, Khost Province, Afghanistan July 7th.  (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

U.S. Army Soldiers with the Focused Tactical Force, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, run towards a CH-47 helicopter following an air-assault operation in Bak, Khost Province, Afghanistan July 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

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