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Task Force Bastogne Soldier exemplifies courage, luck

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
734th Agribusiness Development Team

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – It sounded like a worst-case scenario, April 2nd, when the call crackled over the radio during Operation Strong Eagle III, an operation to disrupt insurgent activities in the province: “We’ve got a Soldier shot in the face, and it looks like the bullet passed through and lodged in his chest.”

The wounded Soldier, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI, not only survived, he walked to the medical evacuation helicopter that took him from the battlefield in the Marwara District to the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright. After surgery at FOB Wright, Hayes walked to the second MEDEVAC chopper that transported him to Bagram Airfield for follow-up treatment.

U.S. Army Maj. Mike Kilbourne of Richmond Hill, GA, surgeon for the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, enters medical information, April 2nd, about U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI, after treating Hayes for a gunshot wound to the face and chest. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

U.S. Army Maj. Mike Kilbourne of Richmond Hill, GA, surgeon for the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, enters medical information, April 2nd, about U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI, after treating Hayes for a gunshot wound to the face and chest. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

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Task Force Leader Soldiers patrol Zambar

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey
Task Force Rakkasan 
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment patrol Zambar, Afghanistan, January 18th and provide security for squad members as they search for contraband and question locals.

After patrolling through Zambar, the soldiers board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Charles, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, and a native of Brooklyn, NY, provides security as platoon leaders question locals about an improvised explosive device in Zambar, Afghanistan, Jan. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs Office)

U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Charles, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, and a native of Brooklyn, NY, provides security as platoon leaders question locals about an improvised explosive device in Zambar, Afghanistan, Jan. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs Office)

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Six 2nd Brigade Soldiers killed by a car bomb

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Six 101st Airborne Division Soldiers died December 12th in Howz E Madad, Afghanistan when their unit was attacked by an insurgent with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

The six Soldiers were Infantrymen assigned to Company B., 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Killed were:

Killed were: (Left to Right) Sean Collins, Willie McLawhorn, Patrick Deans, Kenneth Necochea, Derek Simonetta, and Jorge Villacis.

Killed were: (Left to Right) Sean Collins, Willie McLawhorn, Patrick Deans, Kenneth Necochea, Derek Simonetta, and Jorge Villacis.

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Side by Side for Peace and Prosperity

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade
 
Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Task Force Saber Pathfinder Team One conducted a Kandahar Airfield defense mission with the British Royal Air Force Regiment in Kandahar province, Afghanistan November 16th during the Afghan holiday Eid-al-Qorbon, a celebration of forgiveness, friendship and peace.

International Security Assistance Force and TF Destiny are committed to working side by side with the people of Afghanistan to bring peace and prosperity to their country.

While the Pathfinders have a specific mission of recovering downed aircraft and personnel, they continue to assist coalition forces by providing security to the community surrounding KAF.

Flying Officer Stephen Milne, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, officer commanding C flight (left) and Staff Sgt. Daniel Damschen, Task Force Saber Pathfinder squad leader (right) conduct a friendly patrol together during a key leader engagement mission in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 16th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein)

Flying Officer Stephen Milne, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, officer commanding C flight (left) and Staff Sgt. Daniel Damschen, Task Force Saber Pathfinder squad leader (right) conduct a friendly patrol together during a key leader engagement mission in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 16th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein)

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Suicide bomber kills three 101st Airborne Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Three 101st Airborne Division Soldiers died November 13th, when an insurgent suicide bomber detonated a vest bomb and struck their unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Mountain Soldiers capture insurgent responsible for IEDs

 

Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes
86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, captured an insurgent October 7th near Yazeen Village in the Zormat District of Paktya Province.

According to Staff Sgt. Robert Brown of Henniker, NH, C Co., 3rd Bn., 172 Inf. Regt., the suspect, who is known to have emplaced several Improvised Explosive Devices in the vicinity of Combat Outpost Zormat, was captured during a village search. «Read the rest of this article»

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Soldier returns to duty after suicide attack

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – “We were doing a traffic control point when a female walked up and detonated herself 10 meters from me,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman.

On June 21st, Ashman, of San Diego, platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, was on the Sholtan Bridge in the Shigal District when he was struck by shrapnel from an insurgent’s suicide vest in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, leaving scars he bares today.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman of San Diego, platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack plays volleyball with local Afghan children after a Sept. 26th key leader engagement. (Photos by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman of San Diego, platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack plays volleyball with local Afghan children after a Sept. 26th key leader engagement. (Photos by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Election Day marks new beginning for locals in Pech River Valley

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer
Task Force Bulldog, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Amidst numerous attacks, Afghans from across the Pech River Valley disregarded the insurgent threat and headed to the polls to place their votes September 18th in what would mark Afghanistan’s fourth national election since 2004.

Polling sites across the “Pech” opened at 6:00am, and Afghan National Security Forces, along with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, were in security positions well before then, ready to fight the insurgents and protect the population, all in a combined effort to ensure this Election Day would be a success for the Afghan country and its people.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Cale Genenbacker, from Quincy, IL, from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, verifies an Afghan polling site in the village of Chapa Dara with an Afghan National Army soldier Sept. 4th. Soldiers from both Task Force Bulldog and ANSF worked tirelessly to ensure the country's national elections were a success in the Pech River Valley.  (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bulldog, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment)

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Cale Genenbacker, from Quincy, IL, from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, verifies an Afghan polling site in the village of Chapa Dara with an Afghan National Army soldier Sept. 4th. Soldiers from both Task Force Bulldog and ANSF worked tirelessly to ensure the country's national elections were a success in the Pech River Valley. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bulldog, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment)

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ANSF, TF Iron Soldiers hunt down, capture elusive Taliban commander

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R. J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After months of relentless pursuit and numerous combat operations, security forces in Ghazni Province finally tracked down and captured an elusive insurgent commander, responsible for dozens of attacks on coalition forces and local Afghans.

U.S. and Afghan security forces worked together in a joint operation and captured the Taliban commander, known only as Attullah, in the early morning hours of August 31st. The powerful leader was discovered cowering in the wall of a house.

Attullah has a long history of insurgency. He has conducted a variety of insurgent operations throughout Paktika Province, and is believed to be responsible for the attack that killed U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Owens in March 2010.

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division patrol the Sharana Bazaar Aug. 21 st in West Paktika Province. The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently caught a Taliban commander responsible for dozens of attacks on coalition forces and local Afghans. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division patrol the Sharana Bazaar Aug. 21 st in West Paktika Province. The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently caught a Taliban commander responsible for dozens of attacks on coalition forces and local Afghans. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

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Insurgent rocket attack kills 3 children, injures mother

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhowst Province, Afghanistan – It was a morning filled with tragedy, tears and grievance for the local villagers of Dam Abad when an insurgent rocket landed in their village, killing three small children and injuring their mother.

“This morning three insurgent rockets were launched toward Camp Salerno,” said U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Clark, commander of the base defense force, Task Force Red Knight, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from Louisville, KY.  “One of the rockets struck the village near the base, killing two Afghan girls, ages 4 and 5, and injuring a third girl, as well as their mother. The other two rockets were ineffective.”

About 15-minutes after the attack, villagers brought the injured seven-year-old Afghan girl to the Forward Operating Base Salerno main gate, seeking medical assistance for her.

An aerial view of the rocket impact location in village of Dam Abad. Insurgents fired three rockets at Forward Operation Base Salerno Aug. 14, missing the base. One rocket landed in the courtyard of a house, killing three children and wounding their mother. The rocket’s impact crater is near the top of the courtyard, to the right of the tree. The children’s deaths come just three days after the beginning of Afghanistan’s most religious time of year, the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration held in honor of the month in which “Allah” or “God” revealed the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

An aerial view of the rocket impact location in village of Dam Abad. Insurgents fired three rockets at Forward Operation Base Salerno Aug. 14, missing the base. One rocket landed in the courtyard of a house, killing three children and wounding their mother. The rocket’s impact crater is near the top of the courtyard, to the right of the tree. The children’s deaths come just three days after the beginning of Afghanistan’s most religious time of year, the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration held in honor of the month in which “Allah” or “God” revealed the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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