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Task Force Currahee celebrates U.S. Army’s 236th B-Day with Barbecue

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, celebrated the United States Army’s 236th birthday on June 14th, with a barbecue.

“For 236 years, Americans in the Army have been fighting for this country,” said U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of TF Currahee, and native of Ridgefield, CN. “From our first beginnings, even before our government was formed, with the Revolutionary War to where we are today, the men and women of our country have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms, and the freedoms of others. That is why the Army birthday is significant. It celebrates and commemorates American Soldiers continuing to protect the country and its freedoms that we hold so dear.”

U.S. Army Soldiers from the Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, celebrated the United States Army’s 236th Birthday June 14th, with a barbecue. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Soldiers from the Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, celebrated the United States Army’s 236th Birthday June 14th, with a barbecue. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahees celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at FOB Sharana

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces celebrated Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a 4K run and luau at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, May 29th.

“Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month means embracing our cultures and sharing traditions, way of life and food with everyone,” said Frances Sanchez, a University of Maryland representative from the FOB Sharana Education Center, who is of Korean and Guamanian descent. “It allows us to embrace our short and long histories, and celebrate the rich cultures we bring to our American culture.”

A volunteer for a special event celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, serves traditional Korean marinated beef to a U.S. Army Soldier who joined the festivities, May 29th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

A volunteer for a special event celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, serves traditional Korean marinated beef to a U.S. Army Soldier who joined the festivities, May 29th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Leaders visit Task Force Currahee, discuss C-IED operations

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

CurraheeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The director of the Joint IED (improvised explosive device) Defeat Organization, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, visited Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division to discuss counter-IED methods, techniques and equipment April 26th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, director of the Joint IED (improvised explosive device) Defeat Organization speaks with an explosive ordnance disposal platoon leader attached to Task Force Currahee about the Afghan National Army EOD team training program at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, April 26th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, director of the Joint IED (improvised explosive device) Defeat Organization speaks with an explosive ordnance disposal platoon leader attached to Task Force Currahee about the Afghan National Army EOD team training program at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, April 26th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee unites a U.S. Muslim community with Afghans in Paktika

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The Department of Defense estimates there are between 10,000 and 20,000 practicing Muslims in the U.S. military. One Task Force Currahee Soldier, with the help of his faith community in California and his unit, is bridging the gap between U.S. and Afghanistan Muslims.

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst from TF Currahee, Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Anaheim, CA, began his current deployment to Afghanistan with a goal – to reduce the cultural gap between Muslims in Afghanistan and in the United States.

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst with Task Force Currahee, Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, a native of Anaheim, CA, and member of the Islamic faith, delivers school supplies donated by his mosque in California to Afghan children in a village west of Forward Operating Base Sharana, March 14th.(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst with Task Force Currahee, Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, a native of Anaheim, CA, and member of the Islamic faith, delivers school supplies donated by his mosque in California to Afghan children in a village west of Forward Operating Base Sharana, March 14th.(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee Soldiers learn aspects of resiliency

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, holds a three-day, semimonthly course designed to teach Soldiers the main aspects of resiliency.

The Toccoa Tough Resiliency Course, named after the training camp in World War II where the 506th Infantry Regiment was born, combines several briefs promoting mental, physical and spiritual health to help Soldiers be more resilient during deployments and when they return home.

U.S. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Randall H. Robison of Grand Prairie, TX, Task Force Currahee brigade chaplain, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne speaks with Currahee Soldiers during a three-day, semimonthly Toccoa Tough Resiliency Course at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Randall H. Robison of Grand Prairie, TX, Task Force Currahee brigade chaplain, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne speaks with Currahee Soldiers during a three-day, semimonthly Toccoa Tough Resiliency Course at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Trauma center named after fallen Currahee medic opens

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – A new trauma center named after a fallen Task Force Currahee medic who sacrificed his life to save another Soldier officially opened at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 1st.

The Spc. Jordan Byrd Trauma Center is named in honor of a Task Force Red Currahee medic from Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, who died in YahYa Khel District October 13th.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, commander of Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks at the opening of the Spc. Jordan Byrd Trauma Center at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 1st. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, commander of Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks at the opening of the Spc. Jordan Byrd Trauma Center at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 1st. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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4th BCT artillerymen named 2010 FAR Battery of Year

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The Soldiers from Battery B, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division were awarded the 2010 Henry A. Knox Award February 4th.

The annual award is named for the first Chief of Field Artillery, Maj. Gen. Henry A. Knox, and recognizes one outstanding active U.S. Army battery.

“This is the first time in the 101st Airborne Division’s history that a battery has won this award,” said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Stephen T. Hammonds, first sergeant for the battery and native of Paduca, KY.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire 155mm rounds from an M777A2 howitzer in support of combat operations in Paktika Province Jan. 4th. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery B, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire 155mm rounds from an M777A2 howitzer in support of combat operations in Paktika Province Jan. 4th. (Courtesy photo)

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Currahee FOs attend advanced course in Germany

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Sixteen forward observers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, travelled from Paktika Province mid-deployment to attend one of two, two-week classes at the Joint Fires School at Einsiedlerhof Air Base, Germany, to certify as Joint Fires Observers in January.

“We deployed with (more than 50) JFOs in the BCT and that was not enough,” said U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of the 4th BCT, and native of Ridgefield, CT. “No element moves, flies, drives or walks without a JFO in the formation. They are that important.”

Einsidlerhof Air Base, Germany - Course instructor John Uhlenhake speaks to forward observers at the Joint Fires Observer Course held at Einsidlerhof Air Base, Germany, during two classes held in January 2011. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Schade, Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Einsidlerhof Air Base, Germany - Course instructor John Uhlenhake speaks to forward observers at the Joint Fires Observer Course held at Einsidlerhof Air Base, Germany, during two classes held in January 2011. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Schade, Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Currahees hold Veteran’s Day remembrance ceremony

 

Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionCurraheeForward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Currahee, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recognized Veteran’s Day with a ceremony at the Task Force Currahee headquarters building here at 11:00am November 11th.

“It’s important that we are standing out here today to celebrate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” said U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, TF Currahee commander. “Wherever and whenever the nation is called in times of darkness and danger, a well as in times of peace and prosperity, you and those who have worn our nation’s uniform have been there.”

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force Currahee, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division, during the Currahee Veteran’s Day Remembrance Ceremony here Nov. 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force Currahee, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division, during the Currahee Veteran’s Day Remembrance Ceremony here Nov. 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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FOB YahYa Khel Soldiers receive surprise steak, ice cream lunch

 

Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionCurraheePaktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers deployed to Forward Operating Base YahYa Khel here received a surprise steak and ice cream lunch October 20th delivered by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, commander of the 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Preston, along with U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Amanda Milstead and U.S. Army Pvt. Chyanne Easter, two members of the food service team from the 801st BSB, hand delivered cases of food, drinks and a chest of ice cream bars to the Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team as part of an ongoing mission to boost morale called the Steak and Ice Cream Express.

As part of the Steak and Ice Cream Express mission to boost morale for Soldiers at remote bases, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, commander of the 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, grills steaks Oct. 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

As part of the Steak and Ice Cream Express mission to boost morale for Soldiers at remote bases, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, commander of the 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, grills steaks Oct. 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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