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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team supports Afghan National Army during mortar live fire exercise

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – In an effort to increase response to indirect fire, soldiers with the Afghan National Army’s 2nd Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, conducted a live fire exercise with the 60mm mortar system, June 22nd, at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.

Soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, observe as the Afghan National Army’s 2nd Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, prepare their 60mm mortar prior to a live fire exercise in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2013. (Photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, observe as the Afghan National Army’s 2nd Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, prepare their 60mm mortar prior to a live fire exercise in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2013. (Photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team EOD supports Afghan National Army IED lanes

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, 49th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), supported the Afghan National Army’s EOD team from the 4th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203 Corps, with running a counter improvised explosive device lane for the 4th Khandak Route Clearance Company, June 20th, at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.

Soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct an “after action review” with the instructors from the 49th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, attached to the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., after going through a counter improvised explosive device lane, June 20, 2013 at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct an “after action review” with the instructors from the 49th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, attached to the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., after going through a counter improvised explosive device lane, June 20, 2013 at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Trip to the dentist: How partnership builds a healthier Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the Afghan National Army Soldier lay in the dentist’s chair, visibly uncomfortable and in pain, the ANA dentist started probing the partially decayed tooth that was in need of extraction.

Despite being in a country where very few medical and dental facilities can be found, the ANA Garrison Support Unit Troop Medical Clinic located at Camp Parsa, an ANA training base, is a level-two healthcare facility that treats nearly 300 patients a week.

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kavanagh, a radiology specialist, Company C, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), consults with Afghan National Army Dentist Cpt. Mirwais Hussaini, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, through the use of an interpreter at Camp Parsa, April 14, 2013. The procedure was part of an ongoing partnership between ANA and U.S. Army medical personnel for ANA troops. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kavanagh, a radiology specialist, Company C, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), consults with Afghan National Army Dentist Cpt. Mirwais Hussaini, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, through the use of an interpreter at Camp Parsa, April 14, 2013. The procedure was part of an ongoing partnership between ANA and U.S. Army medical personnel for ANA troops. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell Soldier’s unexpected mission yields high reward

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers assigned to Camp Clark, Afghanistan load onto a rickety looking dust-covered bus heading for Camp Parsa.

One noncommissioned officer climbs aboard, clean-cut with the look of motivation and pride on his face as bright as day, sits down and discusses the training plan for the day with another NCO.

Army Sgt. Daniel Clampitt, an artilleryman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), reads off the coordinates to an Afghan National Army soldier as part of training at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, March 30, 2013. Clampitt has worked with the 203rd Afghan Army Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Koy throughout the deployment to improve their efficiency with the D-30 Howitzer Cannon. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Army Sgt. Daniel Clampitt, an artilleryman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), reads off the coordinates to an Afghan National Army soldier as part of training at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, March 30, 2013. Clampitt has worked with the 203rd Afghan Army Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Koy throughout the deployment to improve their efficiency with the D-30 Howitzer Cannon. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Collectively Dealing With Collective Trauma

 

warrior retreat resizeClarksville, TN – Jeffrey Alexander defines collective trauma as what occurs when members of a group have been subjected to a horrendous experience that forever marks and changes their identity (Streesland, 2005). The events of September 11th, 2001 have forever altered the American identity. Most young adults today (ages 18-25) have never experienced a commercial flight that did not involve intense security screening. Today, an 11-year old child growing up in the United States has no idea what it is like to live in a country that is not at war.

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division,(Air Assault), oversees a live-fire exercise conducted by the Afghan National Army's 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), oversees a live-fire exercise conducted by the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” get Afghan artillerymen certified and ready to lead

 

Written by  U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Task Force 3-101st Airborne Division PAO

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The sun shines bright in the cloud-free sky; the nonexistent wind makes it ideal weather for shooting artillery.

With the arrival of eager artillerymen, a stage is set to demonstrate what has been accomplished during months of extensive training.

Soldiers with the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy, performed an indirect-fire training mission using Russian made D-30 Howitzers in Khowst Province January 9th, with little mentorship needed from the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division,(Air Assault), oversees a live-fire exercise conducted by the Afghan National Army's 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division,(Air Assault), oversees a live-fire exercise conducted by the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Afghan National Army demonstrates excellence, graduates mortar training

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As each day passes, the Afghan National Army is adding to its capabilities. This progress is significant in building a security force that can provide stability for its people and future.

The development is becoming increasingly evident at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan. The modern training facility of the ANA is an example of the ever-growing force they’re becoming.

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, effectively fire their 82mm mortar system during a live-fire exercise that marked the conclusion of a two-week mortarmen course at the Fires Center of Excellence, Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2013. Once they have completed the required training, the trainees must exhibit their abilities to successfully employ and utilize their weapon system. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, effectively fire their 82mm mortar system during a live-fire exercise that marked the conclusion of a two-week mortarmen course at the Fires Center of Excellence, Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2013. Once they have completed the required training, the trainees must exhibit their abilities to successfully employ and utilize their weapon system. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Afghan soldiers take lead in IED defeat

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – At Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, an Afghan National Army-led, six-week counter improvised explosive device course is currently on track to churn out more than 40 new, highly trained Afghan soldiers who are motivated to combat IEDs.

The training gives Afghan troops another capability necessary to sustain unilateral operations and provide security for Afghanistan.

A soldier from the 203rd Corps, AfghanNational Army, successfully defuses an improvised explosive device during an ANA-led counter IED course at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2012. The six-week counter IED course is designed to equip ANA soldiers with the skills to help defeat Afghanistan’s largest threat to its people and security forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

A soldier from the 203rd Corps, AfghanNational Army, successfully defuses an improvised explosive device during an ANA-led counter IED course at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2012. The six-week counter IED course is designed to equip ANA soldiers with the skills to help defeat Afghanistan’s largest threat to its people and security forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Train the trainer helps Afghan soldiers save lives on battlefield

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Having the ability to help an injured comrade or fallen soldier on the field of battle, possibly even saving their life, is an invaluable skill for any Soldier to take with him into combat.

One U.S. Soldier here made it his mission to help teach those life-saving skills to Afghan National Army soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps.

The Soldier is U.S. Army Spc. Tom Schenk, a combat medic and native of Chula Vista, CA, assigned to Headquarters, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment. For the past five months, he has been working closely with ANA combat medics to help teach Afghan soldiers basic combat lifesaving skills during a five-day combat lifesaver course at Camp Parsa.

U.S. Army Spc. Tom Schenk, a combat medic and native of Chula Vista, CA, assigned to Headquarters, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, shows a slide of a compound fracture to Afghan National Army soldiers enrolled in a five-day combat life saver course at Camp Parsa Oct. 5th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Spc. Tom Schenk, a combat medic and native of Chula Vista, CA, assigned to Headquarters, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, shows a slide of a compound fracture to Afghan National Army soldiers enrolled in a five-day combat life saver course at Camp Parsa Oct. 5th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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