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Afghan National Army assumes responsibility of Forward Operating Base Blessing

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer
Task Force Bulldog Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army took a major step toward responsibility for their country’s security when it assumed control of Forward Operating Base Blessing in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province March 4th.

Afghan soldiers now safeguard the Pech River Valley near the border with Pakistan – historically one of Kunar Province’s most volatile areas. Although FOB Blessing is not the first base transferred to the Afghan National Army, it is the largest in Regional Command-East transferred to date.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, take down the final American Flag to fly over FOB Blessing during a transfer of authority ceremony March 4th. U.S. and Afghan soldiers have lived together at FOB Blessing for the three years. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bulldog Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, take down the final American Flag to fly over FOB Blessing during a transfer of authority ceremony March 4th. U.S. and Afghan soldiers have lived together at FOB Blessing for the three years. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bulldog Public Affairs)

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Bulldog Bites into mountainside: Joint operation clears Pech River Valley

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – On a mountainside plateau 7,500 feet high in the Taliban-infested Pech River Valley, something moved in the night.

It wasn’t the wiry Afghans who reside in the mountains. They know when night falls to retreat to their homes.

It was U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas A. Kammerer with Bushmaster Company navigating the treacherous terrain in the dead of night.

“There’s a myth, I think, amongst us coalition forces and International Security Assistance Forces that there are some places we can’t go,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph A. Ryan, Task Force Bulldog commander. “That is absolutely and unequivocally untrue. We can go anywhere we want to go. We have the technology to support it, but most importantly … our infantrymen are tougher, stronger, more capable and better trained than the enemy is,” the Pearl River, NY, native added.

A Soldier from Bushmaster Company, Task Force Bulldog takes a short breather on a mountainside at about 7,000 feet as the sun rises over the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Nov. 23rd. The Soldiers teamed up with members of the Afghan National Army during a month-long series of operations to clear some of the most dangerous parts of Task Force Bulldog’s area of operations. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

A Soldier from Bushmaster Company, Task Force Bulldog takes a short breather on a mountainside at about 7,000 feet as the sun rises over the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Nov. 23rd. The Soldiers teamed up with members of the Afghan National Army during a month-long series of operations to clear some of the most dangerous parts of Task Force Bulldog’s area of operations. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 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, coalition forces repel attack in Chapa Dara

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchChapa Dara, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces with assistance from International Security Assistance Force servicemembers repelled an attacked during a meeting with Afghan national officials near the Chapa Dara District Center in the Chapa Dara District of Kunar Province September 4th.

ANSF and ISAF forces quickly repelled the attack and acted swiftly to protect local civilians from the insurgent fire.
   
“This is just another example of how capable the Afghan security forces truly are. They proved today they are more than ready to provide security for their own people,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment commander.

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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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