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Petraeus recognizes Task Force Currahee Soldiers for combat actions

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan visited Soldiers with Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Sharana July 7th, to present awards as part of his final farewell tour before transitioning to CIA director.

Petraeus holds significant ties to TF Currahee. He was the 101st Airborne Division commander when discussions to reactivate the regiment began and he played a key role in planning their 2005 reactivation.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan talks with Task Force Currahee Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division July 7th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. Petraeus visited Task Force Currahee as part of his farewell tour as he prepares to retire from the U.S. Army. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan talks with Task Force Currahee Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division July 7th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. Petraeus visited Task Force Currahee as part of his farewell tour as he prepares to retire from the U.S. Army. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee-trained ANA soldiers deliver fire missions independently, effectively

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Currahee observed Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps, as they provided indirect fire support Afghan ground forces June 12th-16th in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province.

The Afghan-led mission was the culmination of eight months of training led by Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Glory, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee.

An Afghan National Army cannon crew member with 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps, prepares for a fire mission during the battery’s first independent fire support mission June 12th-16th in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. The battery provided support to 5th Kandak, 2nd BDE, 203rd Corps, as they conducted ground operations. (Courtesy Photo)

An Afghan National Army cannon crew member with 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps, prepares for a fire mission during the battery’s first independent fire support mission June 12th-16th in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. The battery provided support to 5th Kandak, 2nd BDE, 203rd Corps, as they conducted ground operations. (Courtesy Photo)

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Currahees celebrate Memorial Day

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Service members with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, celebrated Memorial Day, May 29 while deployed to Forward Operating Base Sharana, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Though far from home, Currahees offered a special remembrance during a Memorial Day ceremony to Soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, render honors to the Nation’s flag during a Memorial Day ceremony May 29th at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, render honors to the Nation’s flag during a Memorial Day ceremony May 29th at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Task Force Currahee service members discuss the importance of Armed Forces Day

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Service members from Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Pakitka Province in Afghanistan’s Regional Command-East took a moment from their day-to-day routine to reflect on the importance of being honored by Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 as a way to acknowledge service members of the U.S. armed forces.  This year’s theme is “United in Strength”.

(From Left to Right) U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Eric Shaner, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Lars Swanson, U.S. Army Sgt. Karl Keller,  and U.S. Army Spc. Tommy Rowland, all attached to Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division render a salute May 21st, in recognition of Armed Forces Day.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

(From Left to Right) U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Eric Shaner, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Lars Swanson, U.S. Army Sgt. Karl Keller, and U.S. Army Spc. Tommy Rowland, all attached to Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division render a salute May 21st, in recognition of Armed Forces Day. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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ANSF, Task Force Currahee eliminate enemy stronghold during Operation Overlord

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — Nearly 350 Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee air assaulted into Naka District, Afghanistan for the first time this deployment April 10th-21st.

Their mission, the largest combined operations for TF White Currahee, was to clear and eliminate the insurgent staging area.

The preparation for Operation Overlord was months in the making.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stand guard on a mountain overlooking the district of Naka during Operation Overlord, Afghanistan, April 14th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Burke)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stand guard on a mountain overlooking the district of Naka during Operation Overlord, Afghanistan, April 14th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Burke)

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Task Force Currahee reflects on pressures during National Stress Awareness Month

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs
 
The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Currahee are using National Stress Awareness Month to reflect on the various stresses of life in a deployed environment and ways they can overcome them.
 
April is National Stress Awareness Month, created 15 years ago to bring more attention to the dangers of stress, ways to deal with stress and to debunk common misconceptions about stress.

U.S. Army Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division race through an obstacle course as part of the “stress shoot” January 9th, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Sharana. The “stress shoot” is the final phase of the Toccoa Tough resiliency training class which is one tool Task Force Currahee leaders use to help Soldiers deal with stress. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division race through an obstacle course as part of the “stress shoot” January 9th, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Sharana. The “stress shoot” is the final phase of the Toccoa Tough resiliency training class which is one tool Task Force Currahee leaders use to help Soldiers deal with stress. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee tests ANA’s medical mettle

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — The Soldiers dressed the casualty’s wounds, strapped him to the litter and started moving toward the evacuation site. They ran, climbed and crawled while carrying the casualty to the medical evacuation helicopter. What had seemed an overwhelming task, now became the accomplishment of this group of soldiers and served as a motivator for those who would follow them.

Afghan National Army medics prepare to load a simulated casualty on a helicopter during a combat medical competition held by U.S. Army Task Force Currahee Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division April 5th at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Afghan National Army medics prepare to load a simulated casualty on a helicopter during a combat medical competition held by U.S. Army Task Force Currahee Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division April 5th at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Biometrics, Guardians of Peace enhance security

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Currahee Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division visited Jani Khel, Paktika Province to meet with elders during a shura February 10th. During the visit, the Soldiers continued their efforts to increase their biometrics data archives and distribute information on the Afghan Guardians of Peace program.

“We went to the village to have a shura with the elders, so we could sit down and hear their concerns,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Jansky, 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon counter insurgency team noncommissioned officer in charge with Company C, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Reg., 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Div., and native of Towner, ND. “We then took the opportunity to enhance our biometric database by using the (hand-held interagency identity detection equipment) system to scan some of the males in the village.”

U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Stankiewicz, an infantryman with 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Kenosha, WI, distributes flyers informing the people of the Afghan Guardians of Peace Program during the squad’s visit to Jani Khel Feb. 10th. (Photo by Kurt Muncy, Task Force Currahee)

U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Stankiewicz, an infantryman with 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Kenosha, WI, distributes flyers informing the people of the Afghan Guardians of Peace Program during the squad’s visit to Jani Khel Feb. 10th. (Photo by Kurt Muncy, Task Force Currahee)

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Currahee, ANA forward observers conduct live fire

 

Written by Story by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — U.S. Army Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a live fire with forward observers from 2nd Kandak, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, at Forward Operating Base Sharana January 31st.

The 4th Bn., 320th FAR has been training the ANA forward observers for nearly two months on the basics and this live fire was a good way to gauge their progress.

Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Mohamad Raza, 2nd Lt. Shamsu Rahman, both forward observers with 2nd Kandak, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, examine the landscape during a live-fire training event at Forward Operating Base Sharana Jan. 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Mohamad Raza, 2nd Lt. Shamsu Rahman, both forward observers with 2nd Kandak, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, examine the landscape during a live-fire training event at Forward Operating Base Sharana Jan. 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Military working dogs join Task Force Currahee

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan — A typical work day may include a nice walk, a brush of the hair, some chow or just gnawing on a chew toy, but do not be fooled, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bodro, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Beny and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Enyzi are in Afghanistan to work.

Task Force Currahee’s newest team members are military working dogs. They are trained and certified to seek and find improvised explosive devices, bomb making material, narcotics and paraphernalia, and are qualified patrol or attack dogs. The canines arrived January 13th and are scheduled to remain with TF Currahee until the end of 4th Brigade Combat Team’s rotation.

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Enyzi, a 3-year-old Belgian Tervuren military working dog attached to Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, takes a break from training to pause for a photo Dec. 15th at Bagram Airfield. (CourtesyPhoto)

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Enyzi, a 3-year-old Belgian Tervuren military working dog attached to Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, takes a break from training to pause for a photo Dec. 15th at Bagram Airfield. (CourtesyPhoto)

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