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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike Signal Soldiers maintain Communication Lines

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Erbil, Iraq – For the Soldiers of Task Force Strike’s signal section, ensuring redundant and reliable communications is their way of life. Establishing mission command – previously known as command and control – and maintaining it, is the purview of these Soldiers. Though sometimes forgotten about until a communication issue arises, their mission never pauses.

“The number one thing with any team being successful is communication,” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “Especially to talk to our guys all over Iraq. The Brigade doesn’t communicate with anyone if the systems are down.”

Spc. Sean Luoma, a systems operator/maintainer in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, checks his satellite communications equipment, May 20, 2016, in Erbil, Iraq. Luoma and other signal Soldiers deployed with Task Force Strike to ensure the more than 1,300 personnel of the Task Force can communicate throughout their area of Operations. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Spc. Sean Luoma, a systems operator/maintainer in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, checks his satellite communications equipment, May 20, 2016, in Erbil, Iraq. Luoma and other signal Soldiers deployed with Task Force Strike to ensure the more than 1,300 personnel of the Task Force can communicate throughout their area of Operations. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Why We Serve: 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Private Jesse Ingram

 

Written by  U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Many people join the armed service to get their lives on track and achieve goals they have in mind for themselves.

For Army Pvt. Jesse Ingram, D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy, a 22-year-old native of Kendalia, Texas, that is just what he had in mind.

“I did heavy construction for four years before joining the Army,” said Ingram. “I wanted to try something new, travel and see new places. It was also the best option to get out. I was tired of being in my home town.”

Pvt. Jesse Ingram, D Company 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy, AH-64 Apache mechanic, a native of Kendalia, Texas, inventories and sorts parts at a maintenance hangar at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, October 18th, 2012. (published in Why We Serve: Pvt. Jesse Ingram by rceast)

Pvt. Jesse Ingram, D Company 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy, AH-64 Apache mechanic, a native of Kendalia, Texas, inventories and sorts parts at a maintenance hangar at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, October 18th, 2012. (published in Why We Serve: Pvt. Jesse Ingram by rceast)

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