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Petraeus visits Bastogne troops at remote COP

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer
Task Force Bastogne

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, visited Soldiers in the Pech River Valley March 31st to show his appreciation and support for their efforts in rooting out the insurgency in the region over the past 11 months.

Speaking to Soldiers at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, Petraeus praised the battalion’s leadership and honored the Task Force Bulldog troops for their relentless determination in fighting in an area that has seen some of the most kinetic activity since the Afghan war began.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, TN, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, TN, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

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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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Local radio station gains popularity in ‘the Pech’

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchCamp Blessing, Afghanistan – In the Pech River Valley, a good radio station is hard to come by.

But in Nangalam, a city dubbed as the “Jewel of the Pech” in the war–torn country’s Kunar Province, there is one radio station in the area – 101.1 FM, the “Voice of the Pech.”

According to CIA statistics, 62 percent of all residents in Afghanistan are illiterate. Because of this fact alone, radio plays an important role in the lives of Afghans throughout the country, and specifically in the “Pech.”

“Locals depend on radio for many things, like news and information,” said Abdulsalam Omary, broadcasting manager for the Voice of the Pech. “We try to do our best to have different programming for the people of Nangalam. Our most popular programming is music, Islamic poetry and also our call-in shows.”

Abdulsalam Omary, “Voice of the Pech” broadcasting manager, reviews a press release with U.S. Army 1st Lt. Aaron Barker of Key West, FL, from Task Force Bulldog’s fires and effects coordination cell, before going on the air July 19th.(Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment)

Abdulsalam Omary, “Voice of the Pech” broadcasting manager, reviews a press release with U.S. Army 1st Lt. Aaron Barker of Key West, FL, from Task Force Bulldog’s fires and effects coordination cell, before going on the air July 19th.(Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment)

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Progress in the Pech River Valley

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer 1-327th Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchCamp Blessing, Afghanistan – Many Soldiers within the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment – over 800 strong and a part of the “Bastogne” Brigade, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division – are finding out that this part of Afghanistan is different than other and much more convoluted than Iraq ever was.

The 1-327th, or Task Force Bulldog as they are known, operates in a very complex environment.  The Pech River Valley, the Bulldogs current area of operations, is a very rural area in the remote Kunar province of northeastern Afghanistan where the insurgent base remains strong despite the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition Forces.

The “Pech” is comprised of about 100,000 people spread across three districts; Chapadara, Manogai, and Watapur.  Daily life for the locals revolves around farming, raising livestock, and fighting to stay alive.

“Our daily focus is on combat operations that aim to increase an ever-elusive ‘security’ for the population that farms and lives in this rural area.  This means, in basic terms, that we fight – everyday,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph A. Ryan, battalion commander for the 1-327th IR from Fort Campbell, KY. «Read the rest of this article»

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