Written by Capt. Charles Emmons
Jalalabad, Afghanistan – Service members gathered in eastern Afghanistan September 17th, to celebrate the life of Cpl. John Dawson and honor his memory by dedicating a medical facility in his name.
The 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) hosted the ceremony, which was attended by leadership from 3rd BCT; Train, Advise, Assist, Command-East; and Resolute Support. The short event included a speech from Lt. Col. Jason Curl, commander of 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment “Men of War,” and an official unveiling of the plaque and sign for the Corporal John M. Dawson Medical Clinic.
Written by Capt. Charles Emmons
Jalalabad, Afghanistan – Junior Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, competed at Operational Base Fenty, September 5th, 2015, for the title of Train, Advise, Assist, Command-East’s Soldier and NCO of the Year.
A total of six Soldiers, who previously qualified through a quarterly competition, participated in several activities. After the completion of the events, Sgt. Alexandro Garcia and Spc. Steven Byone were declared the winners.
Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8th in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown
Jalalabad, Afghanistan – When U.S. Army Spc. April Harvey walked into the recruiting office near her hometown of Gallup, NM, after graduating high school, she knew she wanted to take control of her life, and she wanted to do it her way.
As with any soldier that enlists into the Army, Harvey was offered several different jobs, or military occupational specialties. While at the recruiting station, Harvey was offered a series of jobs: 68W (Medic), 42A (Human Resources Specialist), 92Y (Logistics Specialist) and other jobs that just weren’t the kind of thing that fit Harvey’s personality.
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot
Jalalabad, Afghanistan – Coalition Forces in eastern Afghanistan can drive the roads with a little more confidence when route clearance patrols are on the job.
Alpha Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Route Clearance Package 77, conducts route clearance patrols along high traffic routes, nearly every day, in order to mitigate risks for fellow Soldiers and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Trying to teach a room full of Poshtu speaking children English can be difficult for some, but for U.S. Army Spc. Gamei Kwong, a native of Hamtramck, MI, it’s a labor of love.
Kwong joined the Army in 2009 as a civil affairs specialist with her first and current unit the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, is on her first deployment at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, Afghanistan, with Provincial Reconstruction Team Nangarhar, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Members of the Bastogne Female Engagement Team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sat down with female members of the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and Afghan Border Police (ABP) to develop a greater understanding of the roles women play within the AUP and ABP in Nangarhar Province January 19th at the ABP Zone 1 compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Major General John F. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division Commander to return to Fort Campbell May 20th
Fort 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.
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Nazawaly wants to be a doctor. But with her right hand wrapped in gauze, it’s hard for the 8-year-old Afghan girl to even write her homework. She winces when she tries to use it, so she writes her lessons with her left hand. Even though it’s a weekday, she’s not in school.
“She’s super tough; a tough little girl,” said U.S. Army Capt. Adam W. Racusin, an orthopedic surgeon. “It’s all right, sweetie.”
Nazawaly tried not to pull her hand away from the doctor as she whimpered in pain.
Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Raishea is a young Afghan girl of about 14. She has a shy smile and a soft voice. She is quite like most 14-year-old girls I know. Except that her reality in Afghanistan’s war-torn Nangarhar Province is something most people can’t fathom. I got the incredible opportunity to meet her last month in Jalalabad.
In Afghanistan, leaders have many hard decisions to make, and there are many gray areas. I don’t envy them as they plan the best route for their Soldiers. There is one area, for me at least, that is not gray – Afghanistan’s women, and in particular, its girls and their education.
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