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First Strike Goes “Back to the Woods”

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell, KY – Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11 ended for the men and women of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in May of 2011. During their yearlong deployment, the battalion known as First Strike, defeated an insurgency, established a secure Zharay district and reconnected the local Afghans back to its government; they accomplished what couldn’t be done prior and returned home as heroes.

Since May, they have completed a full redeployment and began their reset phase of training. Soldiers moved to other units and bases, commanders handed over their reigns and First Strike reintegrated with a new look. Reset is over and now it is time to go back to the woods.

The First Strike mortar teams of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire for effect during team and squad live-fire exercises in Fort Campbell’s training area, Nov. 17th. The battalion trained in the field from Nov. 1st - Dec. 14th, calling it Back to the Woods. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

The First Strike mortar teams of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire for effect during team and squad live-fire exercises in Fort Campbell’s training area, Nov. 17th. The battalion trained in the field from Nov. 1st - Dec. 14th, calling it Back to the Woods. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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