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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team becomes first Army Unit to fire the XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit fuse in Combat

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division have been training diligently with a new artillery fuse at Forward Operating Base Joyce, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

The XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit fuse is a fuse with GPS capabilities that increases the accuracy of conventional High Explosive and Rocket-Assisted Projectile artillery rounds, according to U.S. Army 1st Lt. Anthony Jones, the platoon leader for 1st Platoon, Btry. A., and native to Ellsworth, Maine.

U.S. Army Soldiers with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, practice using the Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuse Setter on a XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit Fuse and the M795 Rocket-Assisted Projectile April 28, 2013 at Forward Operating Base Joyce, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, CT 1-101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Soldiers with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, practice using the Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuse Setter on a XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit Fuse and the M795 Rocket-Assisted Projectile April 28, 2013 at Forward Operating Base Joyce, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, CT 1-101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Scouts conduct battlefield circulation at Observation Posts

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Joyce, Afghanistan – A U.S. Army Security Force Assistance and Advisory Team with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently met with local Afghan Border Police January 28th at two ABP observation posts near Forward Operating Base Joyce in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

The team visiting the observation posts consisted of the 2/1 ABP SFAAT and the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Afghan Border Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from 2/1 ABP, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stand on the roof of an observation post outside Forward Operating Base Joyce, Afghanistan, Jan. 28th, 2013, discussing operations the ABP have in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

Afghan Border Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from 2/1 ABP, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stand on the roof of an observation post outside Forward Operating Base Joyce, Afghanistan, Jan. 28th, 2013, discussing operations the ABP have in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

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101st Airborne Divison’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers support Afghan National Army in successful resupply mission

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army recently conducted a mission to resupply the Afghan Uniform Police at Chapah Darah by conducting a convoy operation from Nangalam Base on December 26th.

The resupply consisted mainly of sustenance items, petroleum products ammunition, as well as winter clothing for several months, were delivered to the 45 AUP at Chapah Darah, according to Capt. Elliott Emerich, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, and the fires support officer and assistant plans officer for 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

An Afghan National Army artilleryman fires his 122 mm D-30 Howitzer Dec. 26, at Combat Outpost Nanglam. The ANA artillery fired fire missions in support of their soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers from Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team-6, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division as they resupplied Chapah Darah.

An Afghan National Army artilleryman fires his 122 mm D-30 Howitzer Dec. 26, at Combat Outpost Nanglam. The ANA artillery fired fire missions in support of their soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers from Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team-6, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division as they resupplied Chapah Darah.

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Yakima native serves for love of country with 101st Airborne Division

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – When it comes to joining the military, the decision can be easier for some than it is for others.

For U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Dollar, a native to Yakima, WA, the decision wasn’t too hard at all.

“I joined the Army because I wanted to get out of the town that I was in, and, you know, I was trying to look at something for a career to kind of help me advance my education,” Dollar said.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Dollar, from Yakima, Wash., smiles after having completed outgoing fire training with 120mm mortars Dec. 2, 2012, at FOB Joyce, Afghanistan. Dollar is a gunnery sergeant with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and is currently a mortar crew member with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT at Joyce. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Dollar, from Yakima, Wash., smiles after having completed outgoing fire training with 120mm mortars Dec. 2, 2012, at FOB Joyce, Afghanistan. Dollar is a gunnery sergeant with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and is currently a mortar crew member with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT at Joyce. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Task Force 1-101 PAO)

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Petraeus re-enlists 113 Task Force No Slack Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus re-enlisted 113 Task Force No Slack Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan, April 11th.

TF No Slack is the first battalion in the 101st Airborne Division and all of Afghanistan to make their re-enlistment quota for fiscal year 2011 during some of the most intense fighting of Operation Enduring Freedom said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert A. Reynolds, a career counselor from Clarksville, Tennessee, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, recites the oath of re-enlistment to 113 Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, recites the oath of re-enlistment to 113 Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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General Petraeus awards Silver Stars to Task Force No Slack Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – As the sun shone brightly, U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus awarded two Silver Star Medals to Task Force No Slack Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province April 11th.

The Silver Star recipients, U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Decatur, GA., and U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua L. Bostic, a squad leader from Spring City, Tennessee, assigned to Company C, both from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said the weather during Operation Strong Eagle III in Marawara District was anything but sunny.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, awards a Silver Star Medal to U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander from Decatur, GA, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 11th. Bankston was awarded the medal for his actions during Strong Eagle III in Marawara District. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, awards a Silver Star Medal to U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander from Decatur, GA, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 11th. Bankston was awarded the medal for his actions during Strong Eagle III in Marawara District. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Six Task Force No Slack Soldiers remembered

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers held a memorial service for six fallen U.S. Soldiers from Task Force No Slack at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan April 9th.

The U.S. Army Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, died during combat operations in Barawolo Kalay and Sarowbay in Kunar Province’s Marawara District March 29th.

The deceased included: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, from Hialeah, FL; Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski, from Moosup, CT; Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess, from Cleburne, Texas; Spc. Dustin J. Feldhaus, from Glendale, AZ; Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog, from Pleasanton, CA; and Pfc. Jeremy P. Faulkner, from Griffin, GA.

U.S. Army Spc. Brit B. Jacobs, a combat medic from Sarasota, FL, Task Force No Slack, 101st Airborne Division, gives a farewell kiss to the helmet of one of his fallen comrades during a memorial service for six fallen U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 9th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Brit B. Jacobs, a combat medic from Sarasota, FL, Task Force No Slack, 101st Airborne Division, gives a farewell kiss to the helmet of one of his fallen comrades during a memorial service for six fallen U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 9th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Big Drop: Lifeliners deliver pallets of food, gifts to troops

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis
17th Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Gladiator

Lifeliners

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Three days before Christmas Brian Burrell of Pensacola, FL, wasn’t at home with his family or on vacation in a sunny locale, he was rapidly descending toward the ground in Afghanistan in a Casa 212 airplane.

The plane’s descent stopped roughly 150 feet above the ground and the back door opened. A buzzer sounded and Burrell, a civilian loadmaster at Bagram Airfield, pulled a lever and parachutes deployed as pallets stacked with food and gifts from the United States slid out the back of the plane, headed to the grateful servicemembers of Forward Operating Base Joyce. 

Pallets of supplies that include donations from the Fort Campbell, KY, can be seen at Forward Operating Base Joyce during the “Big Drop” by 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, 101st Airborne Division, Dec. 22nd. The drop was made by air in an effort to reduce the number of convoys and, thus, possible improvised explosive attacks. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pallets of supplies that include donations from the Fort Campbell, KY, can be seen at Forward Operating Base Joyce during the “Big Drop” by 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, 101st Airborne Division, Dec. 22nd. The drop was made by air in an effort to reduce the number of convoys and, thus, possible improvised explosive attacks. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Gates presents valor awards to Bastogne Soldiers

 

Written by Combined Joint Task Force-101 Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presented six Silver Star Medals and a Bronze Star Medal with Valor to Task Force Bastogne Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce December 7th.

The Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were recognized for heroic actions during Operation Strong Eagle in June and July in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S Army Spc. Richard T. Bennett of St. Charles, IL, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star Medal by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Forward Operating Base Joyce Dec. 7th. Bennett was awarded Silver Star for valorous actions against armed and heavily fortified enemies during Operation Strong Eagle. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Andy Barrera/Released)

U.S Army Spc. Richard T. Bennett of St. Charles, IL, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star Medal by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Forward Operating Base Joyce Dec. 7th. Bennett was awarded Silver Star for valorous actions against armed and heavily fortified enemies during Operation Strong Eagle. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Andy Barrera/Released)

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No Slack Soldier no stranger to Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – A young James T. Schmidt often went down to visit his grandfather at Fort Campbell, KY, years ago. Schmidt’s grandfather was a master sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division and enjoyed taking his grandson to the parks.

“I remember coming down to Fort Campbell a couple times and going to the park and seeing the big guns and I was like, ‘Whoa,’” said Schmidt, now a U.S. Army sergeant with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 237th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack.

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. James T. Schmidt, Task Force No Slack, pulls security while on patrol in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province, Nov. 4th. On his right wrist, Schmidt wears a memorial bracelet for his nine fallen comrades from his previous platoon’s deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. James T. Schmidt, Task Force No Slack, pulls security while on patrol in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province, Nov. 4th. On his right wrist, Schmidt wears a memorial bracelet for his nine fallen comrades from his previous platoon’s deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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