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Commander delivers special meals to Forward Operating Bases, boosts morale

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs and U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company B, “Baker Company”, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division recently received a pleasant surprise. They were treated to an impromptu lunch, July 18th, at Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

The special lunch consisted of grilled steak, mashed potatoes, fresh salad and fruits. The meal finished with cookies, cakes, pies and ice cream,– considered a treat at the remote outpost.

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

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Task Force White Currahee improves ANSF capability, secures border

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee and Afghan National Security Forces denied insurgents freedom of movement across the Pakistan during Operation Sarak Basta III from June 21st-23rd.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division with their counterparts, the Afghan National Army Soldiers from the 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade of the 203rd Corps, and the Afghan Border Police of the 2nd Zone conducted the operation in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, prepare to conduct an air assault mission during the early morning hours on June 23rd. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, prepare to conduct an air assault mission during the early morning hours on June 23rd. (Courtesy Photo)

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ANSF, Red Currahee Reapers overcome terrain challenges, open Gwashta Pass

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After months of delays due to bad weather and restructuring of mission priorities, the call finally came down, “The Gwashta Pass mission is a go.”
   
“Reapers”, the Soldiers from the Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, supported a battalion-sized operation to clear the Gwashta Pass, May 23rd-28th in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers from “Reapers”, the Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, TF Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, clear a cave and secure the area where they will provide indirect fire support during Operation Red Storm. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Soldiers from “Reapers”, the Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, TF Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, clear a cave and secure the area where they will provide indirect fire support during Operation Red Storm. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee MPs teach AUP advanced skills

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Policemen graduated from an advanced training course at Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, May 15th.

The Currahee Focused Police District Mentor Program, is a five-week class taught by military police Soldiers from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee.

Forty-four Afghan policemen graduated from the course, which was the third CFPDM course conducted since January, bringing the total number of graduates to 143.

Afghan Uniformed Police officers from Paktika Province salute during the playing of the national anthem of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the AUP’s advanced training graduation ceremony in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, May 15th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Afghan Uniformed Police officers from Paktika Province salute during the playing of the national anthem of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the AUP’s advanced training graduation ceremony in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, May 15th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Currahee, ANSF soldiers push forward through all obstacles

 

Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesPaktika Province, Afghanistan – During the early morning hours, as the U.S. Army Soldiers were preparing for a patrol with their Afghan National Security Forces counterparts, they received a radio call that would give them the confidence boost needed for the mission ahead. “Seventeen enemy (killed in action),” squawked the voice on the other end of the radio.

The Task Force Currahee Soldiers from Company B, “Dog Company”, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were tasked to clear an observation post in Gayan District, Paktika Province, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border, March 27th to 28th.

Soldiers from Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, climb mountainous terrain March 28th during an operation to clear key terrain near the Afghanistan and Pakistan border to deny insurgents freedom of movement across the border. (Photo by U.S. Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Soldiers from Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, climb mountainous terrain March 28th during an operation to clear key terrain near the Afghanistan and Pakistan border to deny insurgents freedom of movement across the border. (Photo by U.S. Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Afghans hired to maintain Sharana bazaar

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces and the government of Sharana in Paktika Province instituted a cash-for-work incentive program recently.

The program, which officially kicked off January 5th, uses commander’s emergency relief program funds to pay Afghans for cleaning the area around the Sharana bazaar. 

The idea came from U.S. Army Capt. Todd Tompkins, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Mohammed Zahir, mayor of Sharana, inspects workers hired as part of a cash-for-work program to clean up the local bazaar March 5th. The program, which officially kicked off Jan. 5th, uses commander’s emergency relief program funds to pay Afghans for cleaning the area around the Sharana bazaar. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Paul Billy, Task Force Currahee)

Mohammed Zahir, mayor of Sharana, inspects workers hired as part of a cash-for-work program to clean up the local bazaar March 5th. The program, which officially kicked off Jan. 5th, uses commander’s emergency relief program funds to pay Afghans for cleaning the area around the Sharana bazaar. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Paul Billy, Task Force Currahee)

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