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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade gets support from Down Home Transportation Company

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan – As the only transportation company in Regional Command-North and nearly a couple months away from completing their deployment in Afghanistan, a special group of tight-knit soldiers drive on as they continue to conduct convoy escort team missions.

The 1245th Transportation Company, 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, gear-up daily to support Task Force Lifeliner, which is charged with the sustainment of the warfighter, all while supporting the retrograde mission.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Platoon, 1245th Transportation Company, 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, escort military vehicles in preparation for a convoy escort team mission en route to two forward operating bases in the Regional Command North, at Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2013. (U.S. photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/Released)

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Platoon, 1245th Transportation Company, 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, escort military vehicles in preparation for a convoy escort team mission en route to two forward operating bases in the Regional Command North, at Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2013. (U.S. photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/Released)

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Deployment does not stop education for Soldiers

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Camp Marmal, Afghanistan – For many, the idea of taking a math class seems something more out of a nightmare or a torture devised by an educational system that has a vendetta against them.

For soldiers in 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Ready, it’s not a nightmare, it’s an opportunity.

Spc. Vineeth Amaram, D Company, 5-158, TF Ready production control database administrator, a native of Hyderabad, India, the opportunity is slightly different. With two years in the Army and on his first deployment, he is the instructor for the math 103 offered at Camp Marmal, Balkh Province, Afghanistan.

Spc. Amber Eddy, Headquarters and Headquarters company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, aviation operations specialist, a native of Brigham City, Utah, takes notes and attempts to solve a problem posed to the the students during a class covering probability and statistics in a Task Force Ready classroom in Balkh province, Afghanistan, Nov. 14th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

Spc. Amber Eddy, Headquarters and Headquarters company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, aviation operations specialist, a native of Brigham City, Utah, takes notes and attempts to solve a problem posed to the the students during a class covering probability and statistics in a Task Force Ready classroom in Balkh province, Afghanistan, Nov. 14th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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New line for America, new life for Afghanistan, Part 3

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – Hairatan’s growth and economic future is being built with a chamber of commerce with one specific goal in mind: to bring the local businessmen together under one roof and one voice.

“The chamber of commerce can help improve the town,” said Maj. Jason Cole, tactical command post officer in charge, 101st Sustainment Brigade Joint Combat Outpost Hairatan.

A partnership forged this past year between the port director, the local community, and the 101st Sustainment Brigade at the port of Hairatan is intended for the different groups to construct ideas and remedies to prepare the grounds and the people here for the years to come. «Read the rest of this article»

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New line for coalition forces, new life for Afghanistan, Part 2

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – On the right sits the men, workers of the port of Hairatan, business owners and shop keepers.

On the left sits the women: accountants, human resources directors and teachers.

All eyes are to the front as they commemorate donations of desks, schools supplies and baby cribs by the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” to the port of Hairatan day care. They all stop and listen as one of the women stands at the podium and begins the ceremony with a prayer from the Quran.

Capt. Kristin Strobel, Commander’s Emergency Response Program officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” Joint Combat Outpost Hairatan, talks with one of the female workers of the day at the port of Hairatan following a ceremony. The team of Lifeliners at Hairatan donated cribs, desks and school supplies to the day care which supports the employees of the port and railroad. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Capt. Kristin Strobel, Commander’s Emergency Response Program officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” Joint Combat Outpost Hairatan, talks with one of the female workers of the day at the port of Hairatan following a ceremony. The team of Lifeliners at Hairatan donated cribs, desks and school supplies to the day care which supports the employees of the port and railroad. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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New line for coalition forces, new life for Afghanistan

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – More than 3,000 miles make up the borders of Afghanistan. Yet for all this land, there is not a single view of the ocean, much less a way to receive supplies through the waterways.

For years, Afghanistan and coalition forces have shipped most of their supplies through the Indian Ocean, then trucked through Pakistan before arriving in the south of Afghanistan.

A year ago, nearly three-quarters of everything entering the country came through Pakistan. Now, through a small town in the north, the dynamics are changing. The port of Hairatan is the final stop for cargo destined for Afghanistan through a railroad that starts in central Europe.

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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The 9/11 Marine

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – In the shadow of American, Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces flags flowing at half-staff, a New York City police officer took an oath for remain a United States Marine.

Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Ingrao, a reservist working in the Joint Robotics Center on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, held his right hand and was re-enlisted by Lt. Col. Austin Elliot, battalion commander, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“Every year I look to this day,” Ingrao said, “but the 10-year anniversary is very special just because it’s been that long. It’s a day that every year I always remember, as a New Yorker, as an American, as a military member and as a police officer.”

Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Ingrao, a Marine reservist working in the Joint Robotics Center on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, holds his right hand and is re-enlisted by Lt. Col. Austin Elliot, battalion commander of the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Ingrao is a Marine reservist, currently deployed to Afghanistan, and a New York City police officer. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Ingrao, a Marine reservist working in the Joint Robotics Center on Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, holds his right hand and is re-enlisted by Lt. Col. Austin Elliot, battalion commander of the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Ingrao is a Marine reservist, currently deployed to Afghanistan, and a New York City police officer. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Listening to concerns

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – Around a large conference table sits they sit, a mixture of suits, the National Dress of Afghanistan, and camouflage.

Afghan men and women traveled from the 66 villages of the Dehdadi district here to have a seat, and in turn a voice, at this table.

Once a month, leaders with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conducts a shura with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss methods of improvement for the region.

Numerous local reconstruction projects started from these meetings. The battalion listens to the needs of the locals to start reconstruction through the Commander’s Emergency Response Program.

Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hill, the communications section noncommissioned officer in charge for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, talks with Wali Shah, the sub governor for the Dehdadi district after a monthly shura. The 530th CSSB meets monthly with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss ways to improve the region. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hill, the communications section noncommissioned officer in charge for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, talks with Wali Shah, the sub governor for the Dehdadi district after a monthly shura. The 530th CSSB meets monthly with the local government and village elders of Dehdadi to discuss ways to improve the region. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Providing better care for the community

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – Local leaders of the Dehdadi District and the 101st Sustainment Brigade broke ground on renovations to the Dehdadi District Public Hospital.

The hospital renovations are being completed by a local workforce and will enhance the staff’s ability to care for Afghans in the area.

“This is the only free hospital around, so a lot of people come from the villages around,” said Dr. Khaleque, the hospital administrator.

Maj. Deidre Lockhart, medical operations officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Col. Michael Peterman, brigade commander, 101st Sus. Bde., Sayed Padshahy, a local contractor, and Dr. Khaleque, the hospital administrator, stand in the sole operating room at the Dehdadi District Public Hospital, September 6th. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Maj. Deidre Lockhart, medical operations officer for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Col. Michael Peterman, brigade commander, 101st Sus. Bde., Sayed Padshahy, a local contractor, and Dr. Khaleque, the hospital administrator, stand in the sole operating room at the Dehdadi District Public Hospital, September 6th. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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‘Mavericks’ deliver humanitarian aid to Afghan village

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Afghan truck drivers loaded their vehicles this past week with much-needed supplies from the Bagram Air Field Humanitarian Assistance Yard to support a humanitarian aid mission in Regional Command North.

The 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, spear-headed the relief effort to provide rice, beans, flour, cooking oil, coal, tarps, prayer rugs and hygiene for the villagers in the town of Sar –E Pol, located in the Balkh province, said Navy Chief Petty Officer Tychicious Turner, non-commissioned officer in charge for the Bagram Humanitarian Assistance Yard.

Staff Sgt. William Lyons of the 584th Supply Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, loads bags of flour into the back of a truck Bagram Humanitarian Yard. The battalion recently sent more than 600,000 pounds of supplies to a local village of Sar-E Pol, which was suffering from a drought. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Staff Sgt. William Lyons of the 584th Supply Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, loads bags of flour into the back of a truck Bagram Humanitarian Yard. The battalion recently sent more than 600,000 pounds of supplies to a local village of Sar-E Pol, which was suffering from a drought. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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A ‘Well-Defined’ Mission

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBalkh Province, Afghanistan – Clean water is hard to come by in Afghanistan. Walking around any forward operating base, a soldier will pass several water points, each stacked with cases of bottle water.

That’s not the case for the villages of Afghanistan. The Commander’s Emergency Response Program team for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion decided to tackle the issue by starting a project in the Dehdadi District to build water wells for several villages.

The 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, is addressing the needs of Afghan villagers in the Balkh province by working to provide water wells in the region. (Courtesy Photo)

The 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, is addressing the needs of Afghan villagers in the Balkh province by working to provide water wells in the region. (Courtesy Photo)

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