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U.S. Army to Open 33,000 Positions to Female Soldiers

 

Written by C. Todd Lopez

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, 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.

U.S. Army Capt. Carla L. Bender, a human resources officer assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

U.S. Army Capt. Carla L. Bender, a human resources officer assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

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Fort Campbell Currahees receive Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

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.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division Band “Ambush” performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya 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.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)

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Fort Campbell Currahee Soldiers receive Combat Patch on D-Day Anniversary

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

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.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division Combat medic instructs Afghans

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Tianna Waite
115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya 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.

U.S. Army Pfc. Joshua Greenman, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), helps an Afghan security guard setup a litter for a practical exercise as part of a first-responder medical training exercise held at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Feb. 19, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo illustration by Spc. Tianna Waite, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Joshua Greenman, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), helps an Afghan security guard setup a litter for a practical exercise as part of a first-responder medical training exercise held at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Feb. 19, 2013.
(U.S. Army photo illustration by Spc. Tianna Waite, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Cupid initiates pre-Valentine strike: Couple weds at FOB Lightning

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart
17th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya, 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.

U.S Army Chaplain (Capt.) Karen A. Hallett of Vernon, NJ, performs a marriage commitment ceremony for Tony Humphreys of Pittsburgh, and Lisette Bonano of Tampa, FL, at Forward Operating Base Lightning Feb. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S Army Chaplain (Capt.) Karen A. Hallett of Vernon, NJ, performs a marriage commitment ceremony for Tony Humphreys of Pittsburgh, and Lisette Bonano of Tampa, FL, at Forward Operating Base Lightning Feb. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Soldiers in Afghanistan rally for Super Bowl teams

 

Written by By U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart
17th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya 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.

Soldiers stationed at Forward Operating Base Lightning gather to enjoy the Super Bowl Feb. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

Soldiers stationed at Forward Operating Base Lightning gather to enjoy the Super Bowl Feb. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

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U.S., Afghan servicemembers respond during attack

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case
304th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya 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.

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at Forward Operating Base Thunder, one of three bases insurgents attacked in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 24th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Troy P. Johnson, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at Forward Operating Base Thunder, one of three bases insurgents attacked in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 24th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Troy P. Johnson, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

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RSC-E team strives to build capable and sustainable ANSF

 

Written by Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew A. Reagan 304th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram 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»

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Congress members visit troops at FOB Lightning

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case 304th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya 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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