Topic: Mark Burrell
Written by U.S. Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Soldiers, Afghan National Security Force soldiers and local Afghan dignitaries gathered to witness the transfer of authority ceremony, in which Task Force Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, relinquished their battle space to Task Force Bronco, 3rd BCT, 25th Infantry Division, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, May 3rd.
Task Force Bastogne, out of Fort Campbell, KY, controlled the Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan Provinces of Regional Command-East for the last year. Task Force Bronco, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will assume responsibility of the area for the next year, minus Laghman Province.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers held a memorial service for six fallen U.S. Soldiers from Task Force No Slack at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan April 9th.
The U.S. Army Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, died during combat operations in Barawolo Kalay and Sarowbay in Kunar Province’s Marawara District March 29th.
The deceased included: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, from Hialeah, FL; Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski, from Moosup, CT; Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess, from Cleburne, Texas; Spc. Dustin J. Feldhaus, from Glendale, AZ; Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog, from Pleasanton, CA; and Pfc. Jeremy P. Faulkner, from Griffin, GA.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – “I can say that I’ve led this platoon into more ambushes than any other point man here on this deployment,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel S. Gray with a toothy grin and slow, southern accent.
“I was point man for the first six, seven months here,” he continued. “I walked us into a lot. I can smell it, but I don’t know where it’s at. I know it’s going to happen. Every time we were walking I was looking for my next covered and concealed position. Ya know, I’d look at this rock, then that rock. Oh, there’s another rock, that’s where I’m going. I just never knew when it was going to happen.”
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – The mountainside of the Shigal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province came alive, March 16th, with the whirring of helicopters marking the beginning of Operation Eagle Talon.
Afghan National Army soldiers and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force No Slack, flooded Shigal District where slabs of rock stretch into the fertile valley floors.
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The hulking mine resistant, ambush-protected all terrain vehicle screamed to a halt. The Soldiers held their breath for what was next.
An explosion? The road was crumbling in places and narrow enough to be an insurgent’s favorite choice.
Machine gun fire? A convoy of vehicles this long made such an opportune target.
A stray puppy? U.S. Army Pvt. Peter Beullens casually turned toward his truck commander with a smile.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip, an infantry squad leader from Decatur, GA, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, explains how he joined the Army after living in Jamaica for most of his life from Forward Operating Base Blessing in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.
Nuristan Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Cougar Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, set up an over watch position in Taliban territory in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province.
Video by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Nuristan Province, Afghanistan – A day in the life of U.S. Army Spc. Brit ‘Doc’ B. Jacobs from Sarasota, FL, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, doing his job as a combat medic in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province while under enemy fire.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – At the highest observation post in northeastern, a brotherhood of U.S. Army Soldiers protects a small valley that feeds into the Kunar River Valley.
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and freezing winds a few kilometers from the Pakistan border, Observation Post Mustang weathers storms and waves of Taliban fighters.
Soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Bandit, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stay vigilant day and night at the small, outpost located in the Hindu Kush Mountains mountains 6,500 feet above Kunar Province.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – God. Family. Country. In that order. The only colors are a red and blue American flag draped over a black-inked cross with those three words: God. Family. Country.
U.S. Army Pfc. Gregory K. Martin, a fire control direction specialist from Pleasant Grove, AL, wears this tattoo on his forearm proudly. For him, it’s a symbol for the three most important things in his life.
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