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Fort Campbell soldier Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide received Silver Star in Ceremony on Friday

 

Bill Larson, Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, Laura Boyd, and Fred Holly contributed to this piece.

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – It was June 27th 2010 and elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division were in Afghanistan participating in Operation Strong Eagle. Among these were 2nd Platoon  HHC of the 2/327th Infantry Regiment.

Their mission was to clear the Ghaki Valley working in conjunction with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams (EOD), Route Clearance, Civil Affairs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Border Police (ABP), and the Afghan National Police (ANP).

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

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‘No Slack’ Soldiers fight relentlessly, repel insurgent attacks

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Three Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division received awards January 6th for valorous conduct during a two-day joint operation with the Afghan National Security Forces in Kunar Province.

For their actions during Operation Strong Eagle, U.S. Army Capt. Steven J. Weber was awarded the Silver Star with Valor; U.S. Army Cpl. Joshua M. Frappier and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John T. Howerton were awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.

U.S. Army Capt. Steven J. Weber of Winthrop, MN, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shakes hands with U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus after receiving a Silver Star Medal with Valor Jan. 6th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Capt. Steven J. Weber of Winthrop, MN, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shakes hands with U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus after receiving a Silver Star Medal with Valor Jan. 6th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Mortarman shares close calls, passion for his job

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Task Force Bastogne Public

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – He’s a calm individual. His voice is barely above a whisper.

Maybe because waiting for the enemy to attack in a hastily built fighting position in the Hindu Kush Mountains makes everybody whisper. Maybe because he doesn’t get that excited anymore.

Whatever the reason, he rarely raises his voice when asked about his three combat tours during his seven years in the Army.

Rarely. Except when he talks about blowing things up.

U.S. Army Spc. Corey C. Canterbury, a mortarman from Ocean Springs, MS, assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, kneels down after firing a mortar round on a mountainside overlooking the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Corey C. Canterbury, a mortarman from Ocean Springs, MS, assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, kneels down after firing a mortar round on a mountainside overlooking the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 11th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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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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Task Force No Slack Continues Clearing the Ghaki Valley

 

Photo By U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan National Security Force members cleared the village of Chenar from Taliban control during Operation Strong Eagle II, July 19th.

The objective of the operation was to clear Chenar of insurgents, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and development into the Ghaki valley.

The Ghaki Valley, which is in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, had become a place where insurgents could not be touched said Capt. Joseph L. Holliday, of New York, NY, the battalion intelligence officer with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Whitfield, of Fort Campbell, KY, the company commander of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, reviews tactical details of Operation Strong Eagle II with Afghan National Security Forces commanders at Forward Operating Base Joyce, July 18th. Capt. Whitfield's company was the lead element during the operation. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Whitfield, of Fort Campbell, KY, the company commander of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, reviews tactical details of Operation Strong Eagle II with Afghan National Security Forces commanders at Forward Operating Base Joyce, July 18th. Capt. Whitfield's company was the lead element during the operation. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Marawara District Shura after Operation Strong Eagle II

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. William Rockerfeller, the Battalion Operations Officer with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, listens in during a district Shura at the conclusion of Operation Strong Eagle II in the Daridam village of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province July 19th.

During the Shura, provincial and district leaders encouraged villagers to return to their homes and discussed the best place to distribute human aid. Operation Strong Eagle II cleared insurgents from the nearby village of Chenar and extended the reach of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces.

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Preparing for Operation Strong Eagle II

 

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Coalition Forces leaders review tactical details of Operation Strong Eagle II at Forward Operating Base Joyce July 18th. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces.

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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