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Fort Campbell Currahees give Dental Training to Afghan National Army Commandos

 

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

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – “Life starts in the mouth,” said Capt. Abby Raymond, brigade dentist for 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and native of Anderson, IN. “If you don’t take care of your oral health it can have a systemic affect, it can affect your whole body, your job or your mission.”

In an effort to reduce that affect, Capt. Raymond, the brigade dentist for 4th BCT, 101st Abd. Div., Capt. Shani Thompson, a dentist with the 528th Sustainment Brigade, United States Army Special Operations Command, and their dental assistants, provided training covering dental basics at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 21st and 22nd.

U.S. Capt. Abby Raymond, a brigade dentist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks the work of an Afghan medic with the 2nd Commando Battalion, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, performing an oral exam on a fellow commando during a basic dental class at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

U.S. Capt. Abby Raymond, a brigade dentist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks the work of an Afghan medic with the 2nd Commando Battalion, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, performing an oral exam on a fellow commando during a basic dental class at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team’s Security Force Advisory and Assistance Teams helps train Afghan Army Engineers

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division101st Airborne Division - 4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheePaktya Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak with the assistance of Soldiers with the 859th Engineer Company out of Pascagoula, MS, who work along side Security Advise and Assist Team 4, develop their skills as engineers on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2nd, 2013.

Two of the current projects they have in the works are the construction of a windsock to provide the ANA with improved wind direction readings on the FOB Thunder flight line, as well as a guard shack.

Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak hold a piece of plywood and nail it in place as they build a guard hut on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak hold a piece of plywood and nail it in place as they build a guard hut on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Currahee tests ANA’s medical mettle

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — The Soldiers dressed the casualty’s wounds, strapped him to the litter and started moving toward the evacuation site. They ran, climbed and crawled while carrying the casualty to the medical evacuation helicopter. What had seemed an overwhelming task, now became the accomplishment of this group of soldiers and served as a motivator for those who would follow them.

Afghan National Army medics prepare to load a simulated casualty on a helicopter during a combat medical competition held by U.S. Army Task Force Currahee Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division April 5th at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Afghan National Army medics prepare to load a simulated casualty on a helicopter during a combat medical competition held by U.S. Army Task Force Currahee Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division April 5th at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Team Leader Course helps ANA fight illiteracy

 

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

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army 2nd Lt. Mohibullah keeps a note scrawled in Pashto of “pretty good” handwriting tacked to his office wall. It reads: “Until the headmaster returns, I have complete responsibility.”

The soldier who wrote the note had, a few days earlier, been completely illiterate.

Mohibullah, the new commander of the Team Leader Course, who like many Afghans goes by only one name, keeps the note as a reminder of what can happen when uneducated soldiers are given an opportunity to learn.

The four-week Team Leader Course is unique among the three noncommissioned officer training courses at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktya Province under the auspices of the ANA’s 203rd Thunder Corps. Unlike the Battle Course, the Team Leader Course is not designed for ANA soldiers who have experience as NCOs, and unlike the 1U Course, it does not assume the students have had any prior education. 

Afghan National Army soldiers Mohammed Qasim and Seenatullah, both natives of Takhar Province, study during the literacy block of the Team Leader Course on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktya Province, Oct.  17th. The first week of the Team Leader Course is dedicated to literacy and basic education, a first opportunity for many ANA soldiers. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

Afghan National Army soldiers Mohammed Qasim and Seenatullah, both natives of Takhar Province, study during the literacy block of the Team Leader Course on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktya Province, Oct. 17th. The first week of the Team Leader Course is dedicated to literacy and basic education, a first opportunity for many ANA soldiers. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case, 304th 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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