Topic: Ghaki Valley
Bill Larson, Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, Laura Boyd, and Fred Holly contributed to this piece.
Fort 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).
Written by Bagram Media Center
Nangarhar 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.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Kunar 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.
Written by Combined Joint Task Force-101 Public Affairs
Bagram 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.
Photo By U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Kunar 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.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Kunar 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.
Kunar 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.
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