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Faces of combat: Task Force Bulldog

 

Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar, Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. William B. James of Columbus, GA, forward observer for 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, calls in mortar fire during a more than three-hour fire fight at the Shege East Afghan National Police checkpoint September 18th.

An estimated two dozen Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire. Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack.

U.S. Army Spc. William B. James of Columbus, GA, forward observer for 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, calls in mortar fire during a more than three-hour fire fight at the Shege East Afghan National Police checkpoint Sept. 18. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. William B. James

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Assistance team to help refocus law enforcement

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – The bunkers, sandbags and razor wire common to any police checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan attest to the daily challenges law enforcement faces here.

Yet the latest effort by International Security Assistance Forces aims to refocus the Afghan police mission back toward the public.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David J. Goetze of Roseau, MN, commands the Kunar Security Forces Assistance Team, one of several teams now working under Task Force Bastogne.

From left, U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Whitfield of Kingstree, SC, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David J. Goetze of Roseau, MN, and U.S. Army Capt. Robert R. Reynolds of Huntsville, Ala., meet with Afghan police officers and the Watapur District sub-governor here Sept. 25th. Goetze commands the Kunar Security Forces Assistance Team, Task Force Bastogne. Officials discussed local law enforcement and how International Security Forces could help. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

From left, U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Whitfield of Kingstree, SC, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David J. Goetze of Roseau, MN, and U.S. Army Capt. Robert R. Reynolds of Huntsville, Ala., meet with Afghan police officers and the Watapur District sub-governor here Sept. 25th. Goetze commands the Kunar Security Forces Assistance Team, Task Force Bastogne. Officials discussed local law enforcement and how International Security Forces could help. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Unit visits with community residents, officials

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Bulldog, greets children in Samatan village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province September 24th. The unit visited residents to listen to concerns and discuss potential public works projects in the community.

Area security issues were also discussed with the Dag Afghan National Police checkpoint.

U.S. Army Spc. Robert E. Yates of New Orleans, a team leader with 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, gives a fist bump to a youth in Samatan village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 24th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Robert E. Yates of New Orleans, a team leader with 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, gives a fist bump to a youth in Samatan village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 24th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Coalition forces ready mountaintop post

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
 
BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Bulldog helped move materials at a mountaintop observation post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province September 21st.

The unit visited Observation Post Rocky to help prepare for transferring the base from the Afghan National Police to the Afghan National Army by the end of October. The handover will allow more police officers to be placed at stations closer to more heavily populated areas.

A sniper fired numerous shots at the ISAF and ANA during the September 21st visit, but no troops were injured in the attack.

From left, U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin D. Riedemann of Lemars, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin Wade of Mulberry, FL, with 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, help move materials at a mountaintop observation post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

From left, U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin D. Riedemann of Lemars, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin Wade of Mulberry, FL, with 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, help move materials at a mountaintop observation post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Historic fort provides protection for base

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Most people would expect fortifications at military bases in Afghanistan, but they probably wouldn’t expect an actual fort.

The castle, known as Observation Post Coleman, is believed to be a British fort dating back to the 1800s. It sits on a promontory above Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

U.S. Army Soldiers with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, currently occupy the building, which – in peacetime – could easily be a historical tourist site.

U.S. Army Spc. Brian O. Mieszala of Lockport, IL, a grenadier with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stands on Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. In the background is Observation Post Coleman, a historical fort that provides over watch for the base. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Brian O. Mieszala of Lockport, IL, a grenadier with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stands on Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. In the background is Observation Post Coleman, a historical fort that provides over watch for the base. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Coalition forces beat attack against checkpoint

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – The Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint September 18th.

An estimated two dozen insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire. Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack.

U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan L. Carson of Richmond, Va., a member of the Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint Sept. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan L. Carson of Richmond, Va., a member of the Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint Sept. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Coalition forces on patrol in Watapur

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, provides security for his platoon outside the village of Angla Kala in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province September 16th.

International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan National Security Forces often patrol the Watapur Valley area together to prevent insurgents from moving freely though the area and staging attacks.

U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin Wade of Mulberry, FL, a rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, provides security for his platoon outside the village of Angla Kala in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 16th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin Wade of Mulberry, FL, a rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, provides security for his platoon outside the village of Angla Kala in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 16th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Air assault mission disrupts insurgent activity

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan soldiers with Weapons Company, 2nd Kandak wait for an air assault mission with International Security Assistance Forces the morning of September 13th from Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle. Troops searched the abandoned village of Maidon in the Kunar Province of eastern Afghanistan for weapons caches.

Members of the nomadic tribe who live there moved north for the summer, leaving their homes to be exploited by insurgents. The mission disrupted enemy activity, leading to repeated attacks against the troops with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Neither Afghan soldiers nor ISAF were injured during the attacks.

Afghan soldiers with Weapons Company, 2nd Kandak wait for an air assault mission with International Security Assistance Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Afghan soldiers with Weapons Company, 2nd Kandak wait for an air assault mission with International Security Assistance Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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How to trade a desk for a machine gun

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – His position was under heavy enemy fire when a round hit U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson in the chest.

“It was almost surreal,” the 28-year-old gunner said. “I could feel the fragments of the bullet hit my face.”

Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, was holding an overwatch position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province as part of Operation Strong Eagle June 27th when the firefight started.

Burson was on the M240B machine gun. The other heavy weapon, an automatic grenade launcher, had stopped working, causing him to draw even more fire. One of many rocket-propelled grenades being fired at the unit exploded 20 feet in front of his position before he was shot.

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Combined forces repel night attacks at base

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment 
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – Insurgents attacked Combat Outpost Badel August 25th, at dusk with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars against the base in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

Neither International Security Assistance Forces nor Afghan National Security Forces were injured during the assault.

U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph P. Khamvongsa of Mililani, Hawaii, a forward observer with 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, aims his weapon during an insurgent attack on Combat Outpost Badel. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph P. Khamvongsa of Mililani, Hawaii, a forward observer with 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, aims his weapon during an insurgent attack on Combat Outpost Badel. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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