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101st Airborne Division holds inactivation ceremony for 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell

 

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159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered at the division parade field here, May 7th to conduct the final official ceremony in the brigade’s history.

After 18 years of service, the 159th CAB colors were cased at the ceremony by Col. Jimmy Blackmon, the final brigade commander of the 159th CAB “Thunder Brigade,” and retired Col. Bob Freeman, the honorary colonel of the brigade, signifying a conclusion to the legacy of this historic aviation unit.

Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay honors to the nation during the national anthem at the Thunder Brigade's inactivation ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 7, 2015. The 159th CAB cased its brigade colors for the final time during the ceremony, as well as all of its subordinate battalion colors and company guidons. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay honors to the nation during the national anthem at the Thunder Brigade’s inactivation ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 7, 2015. The 159th CAB cased its brigade colors for the final time during the ceremony, as well as all of its subordinate battalion colors and company guidons. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Task Force White Currahee improves ANSF capability, secures border

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee and Afghan National Security Forces denied insurgents freedom of movement across the Pakistan during Operation Sarak Basta III from June 21st-23rd.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division with their counterparts, the Afghan National Army Soldiers from the 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade of the 203rd Corps, and the Afghan Border Police of the 2nd Zone conducted the operation in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, prepare to conduct an air assault mission during the early morning hours on June 23rd. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, prepare to conduct an air assault mission during the early morning hours on June 23rd. (Courtesy Photo)

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Task Force Currahee team up with religious leaders to spread message of peace

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Todd A Christopherson
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan—The 4th Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Religious Support Teams attended a religious Shura June 8th at Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Afghanistan.

More than 40 Muslim scholars or mullahs, who are trained in Islam and Islamic law, and are interpreters of Islam’s sciences, doctrine, laws, the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community attended.

Afghan Uniformed Police Gen. Dawlat Khan of Paktika Province speaks to the assembled mullahs about the need for peace and stability for their country and the Afghan people during a shura on Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Afghanistan, June 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua A Chittim, Task Force Currahee)

Afghan Uniformed Police Gen. Dawlat Khan of Paktika Province speaks to the assembled mullahs about the need for peace and stability for their country and the Afghan people during a shura on Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Afghanistan, June 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua A Chittim, Task Force Currahee)

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Currahee MPs teach AUP advanced skills

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Policemen graduated from an advanced training course at Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, May 15th.

The Currahee Focused Police District Mentor Program, is a five-week class taught by military police Soldiers from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee.

Forty-four Afghan policemen graduated from the course, which was the third CFPDM course conducted since January, bringing the total number of graduates to 143.

Afghan Uniformed Police officers from Paktika Province salute during the playing of the national anthem of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the AUP’s advanced training graduation ceremony in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, May 15th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Afghan Uniformed Police officers from Paktika Province salute during the playing of the national anthem of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the AUP’s advanced training graduation ceremony in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, May 15th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Major General John F. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division Commander to return to Fort Campbell May 20th

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Major General John F. Campbell and Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder, commander and command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will be welcomed home to Fort Campbell, KY. May 20th after commanding Combined Joint Task Force – 101 and Regional Command – East, in Afghanistan for the past year.

Major General Campbell and his headquarters element began their “rendezvous with destiny” in June, 2010 when they assumed responsibility and control of RC-East and CJTF-101. The deployment was notable because most of the 101st Airborne Division was deployed at the same time in Afghanistan and was considered to play a critical role in securing the future of the Afghan people.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force-101 commander, upon his arrival at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan to conduct a battlefield assessment July 29th, 2010.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force-101 commander, upon his arrival at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan to conduct a battlefield assessment July 29th, 2010.

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Taliban disinformation campaign thwarted by ANA and U.S. forces

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – The mountainside of the Shigal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province came alive, March 16th, with the whirring of helicopters marking the beginning of Operation Eagle Talon.

Afghan National Army soldiers and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force No Slack, flooded Shigal District where slabs of rock stretch into the fertile valley floors.

Through a night-vision lens, Task Force No Slack, is silhouetted by the moon while pulling security shortly after being air assaulted to a mountaintop in Shigal Valley in eastern Afghanistan March 16. Multiple companies of Soldiers were dropped in to surround the valley marking the beginning of Operation Eagle Talon. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Through a night-vision lens, Task Force No Slack, is silhouetted by the moon while pulling security shortly after being air assaulted to a mountaintop in Shigal Valley in eastern Afghanistan March 16. Multiple companies of Soldiers were dropped in to surround the valley marking the beginning of Operation Eagle Talon. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Task Force Currahee leaders attend peace shura

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Command leaders from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Paktika Province’s Governor, Moheebullah Samim attended a peace shura March 12th at the Waza Khwah District Center.

The peace shura was in response to a tragedy March 6th where insurgents planted an improvised explosive device in a highly travelled road killing 15 villagers, including women and children, from the Terwa and Waza Khwah area.

The governor of Paktika Province, Moheebullah Samim, addresses elders and tribesmen from the Terwa and Waza Khwah area at a peace shura March 12th at the Waza Khwah District Center. He encouraged those present to work together to keep their families and homes safe. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

The governor of Paktika Province, Moheebullah Samim, addresses elders and tribesmen from the Terwa and Waza Khwah area at a peace shura March 12th at the Waza Khwah District Center. He encouraged those present to work together to keep their families and homes safe. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Soldiers rebuild Damaged Roads

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Engineers attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Bastogne, in cooperation with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan National Security Forces began the process of rebuilding damaged roads in the Khogyani and Sherzad Districts of Nangarhar Province in early February.

The process begins by tearing up the old surfaces damaged by frequent roadside bombs. The damaged roads made travel to Jalalabad difficult for those living in the area.

The 1430th Engineer Company, horizontal construction engineers, and the 744th Engineer Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, in cooperation with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan National Security Forces, begin the process of rebuilding the roads in eastern Afghanistan’s Khogyani and Sherzad Districts Feb. 8th. (Courtesy photo)

The 1430th Engineer Company, horizontal construction engineers, and the 744th Engineer Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, in cooperation with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan National Security Forces, begin the process of rebuilding the roads in eastern Afghanistan’s Khogyani and Sherzad Districts Feb. 8th. (Courtesy photo)

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Combined force takes fight to enemy in Kunar

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF Forces began clearing operations in the western portion of the Pech River Valley early October 31st. The operation involved the insertion of combat forces by helicopter and vehicles in the Darah-ye Pech District and focused on villages west of Nangalam.

This combined operation comes on the heels of a successful mission concluded earlier this month, also in the Pech River Valley, resulting in the death and capture of numerous insurgent fighters, their weapons and bomb-making materials.   «Read the rest of this article»

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GIRoA launches insurgent reintegration program

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew A. Reagan
304th Public Affairs Detachment

*Journalist’s Note: The information contained in this article is derived from the International Security Assistance Force’s Reintegration Guide.

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recently launched the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program. The goal is to reconnect members of the insurgency with Afghan communities and GIRoA through social outreach, economic programs and community development projects.

The program offers antigovernment combatants full recognition of their rights as Afghan citizens, a dignified way to renounce violence, and avenues to peacefully reintegrate into their communities.

The program is available to all persons and communities willing to live in peace and abide by the laws of Afghanistan. «Read the rest of this article»

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