Topic: Forward Operating Base Lightning
Written by C. Todd Lopez
Washington, D.C. – About 33,000 of the positions in the Army today that are closed to women are closed because they were in units that were designated as direct ground combat. That will change this year in units that are not under Army Special Operations.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently notified Congress of the Army’s intent to open those 33,000 positions to women. The change is expected to take place in April 2014, said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Directorate of Military Personnel Management, Army G-1.
Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Originating in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an exclusive U.S. Army organization for non-commissioned officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and performance.
In order to be inducted, the NCOs must be recommended, pass a physical training test as well as several rigorous board appearances.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning in Paktya Afghanistan, to boost moral for service members and civilian employees, June 25th, 2013.
This six member team travels throughout Afghanistan to support the service members deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division combat patch was presented to Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning, during a patching ceremony, June 6th.
On this day, 69 years ago, Currahee Soldiers participated in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Tianna Waite
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – A U.S. Army combat medic taught first responder medical classes to Afghan security guards on Forward Operating Base Lightning, as part of an ongoing series of medical instruction, February 19th.
The medical courses, instructed by Pfc. Joshua Greenman, of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are being conducted in an effort to get the security guards trained and proficient in first responder procedures.
Written by U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart
Paktya, Afghanistan – They did not play, ‘Love is a battlefield,’ at their wedding, but it would have been appropriate.
U.S. Army civilians, Tony Humphreys of Pittsburgh, and Lisette Bonano of Tampa, FL, participated in a marriage commitment ceremony at Forward Operating Base Lightning February 7th.
The commitment ceremony was held in lieu of a wedding because coalition chaplains cannot perform weddings in Afghanistan.
Written by By U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Despite blistering cold, snow, ice and a 4:00am kickoff, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard stationed at Forward Operating Base Lightning gathered to support their beloved Steelers February 7th.
“I’ve been a Steelers fan all my life,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tom Porritt of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fans stayed connected to loved ones on game day despite the distance between them.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – One Afghan security contractor and five insurgents were killed when a squad-sized element of insurgents attacked three bases near Gardez, Paktya Province, September 24th. At least two others were injured.
The attack began when insurgents opened fire on the Forward Operating Base Goode (Gardez) entry control point with AK-47 rifles at about noon, said U.S. Army Capt. Scott M. Frederick, the FOB commander of FOB Lightning. One insurgent was killed and a truck belonging to a respected village elder was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and set aflame in this initial attack.
Written by Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew A. Reagan 304th Public Affairs Detachment
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The Regional Support Command-East team, comprised of 254 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, provides direct support and operational coordination for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in all 14 provinces in Regional Command-East. RSC-E is committed to creating capable and sustainable ANA and ANP forces in eastern Afghanistan.
“Our mission is to field, equip, train and sustain the Afghan National Security Force,” said U.S. Army Col. Ronald J. Metternich, RSC-E commander and a native of Reno, NV. “We provide training and resource support to the 201st and 203rd Afghan Army Corps, the 202nd and 505th [Afghan National] Police Commands, and the 1st and 2nd Zones of the Afghan Border Police, as well as oversight to eight regional police academies and two regional military training centers.” «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case 304th Public Affairs Detachment
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Five members of the House Armed Services Committee, on a whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, spent about three and a half hours with U.S. troops at remote Forward Operating Base Lightning, Paktya province August 2nd.
The envoy included Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Rep. Madeleine Bordallo of Guam, Rep. Mike Conway of Texas, Rep. Glenn Nye, Rep. Mike Critz of Pennsylvania, Hans Klemm, the U.S. advisor to Afghanistan Attorney General Mohammad Ishtaq Alako, and several others.
During their visit, the dignitaries spent time with troops of the Lucedale, MS-based 287th Engineer Co., who have been combing the roads of southeastern Afghanistan for improvised explosive devices. They were particularly interested in making sure the Soldiers’ equipment needs were met and made notes of deficiencies.
“I guess our mission is to learn as much as possible about the progress in Afghanistan,” Bordallo said. «Read the rest of this article»
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