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Task Force Iron selects Soldier, NCO of the Year

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers and noncommissioned officers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team took part in an annual NCO and Soldier of the Year competition January 4th-5th at Forward Operating Base Andar.

“This is really a great honor,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Britt Cantrell from Walker, LA, with Company A, 3rd Bn. 187th Inf. “I was proud to represent A Company in this competition, and now I have the opportunity to represent the Battalion. I’m grateful to all of the NCOs and officers who motivated me throughout my career.”

U.S. Army Sgt. Shelton Woolever from Stevenville, Texas, with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, completes in a hands-on portion of the Task Force Iron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

U.S. Army Sgt. Shelton Woolever from Stevenville, Texas, with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, completes in a hands-on portion of the Task Force Iron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

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TF Iron improves new home

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Just 45 days after officially claiming occupancy at Forward Operating Base Andar, Task Force Iron Rakkasans transformed their location from a sand pit with four walls, to a well-established home with all of the basic accommodations.

The Soldiers of the forward support company were instrumental in the construction and the improvements in the quality of life.

Although the engineer unit supporting 3rd Brigade were the primary builders for the key structures for the Iron Rakkasans to operate at FOB Andar, the handy work of FSC Soldiers did a great deal to improve the living conditions.

Dining facilities at Forward Operating Base Andar provide an indoor eating area for the Soldiers to enjoy their meals. Over time, a mobile mess tent was established for Soldiers to receive prepared meals, and Soldiers ate wherever they could find a spot to sit until tents were established to provide an enclosed area to eat. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

Dining facilities at Forward Operating Base Andar provide an indoor eating area for the Soldiers to enjoy their meals. Over time, a mobile mess tent was established for Soldiers to receive prepared meals, and Soldiers ate wherever they could find a spot to sit until tents were established to provide an enclosed area to eat. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

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25 Task Force Iron Soldiers learn to ASIST Soldiers in need

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – In the last two-years, an alarming threat has become more and more prevalent through the ranks of the U.S. Army – suicide.

According to military reports, the number of U.S. Army Soldiers who committed suicide in 2009 was a record-breaking 245. The first half of 2010 has exceeded that pace with 145 suicides in only six-months.

Last month was the highest single month of suicides of the year, claiming the lives of 32 servicemembers.  Fortunately, Task Force Iron Rakkasan has had none, thanks in part to great hands-on leadership and well-resourced training, said U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.

Soldiers from Task Force Iron, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment listen to a recent suicide prevention class as part of a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course.  The Iron Rakkasans have not had a single suicide in their task force this year, and they are hoping the training will help them continue that trend.

Soldiers from Task Force Iron, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment listen to a recent suicide prevention class as part of a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course. The Iron Rakkasans have not had a single suicide in their task force this year, and they are hoping the training will help them continue that trend.

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