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Fort Campbell soldier Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide received Silver Star in Ceremony on Friday

 

Bill Larson, Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, Laura Boyd, and Fred Holly contributed to this piece.

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – It was June 27th 2010 and elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division were in Afghanistan participating in Operation Strong Eagle. Among these were 2nd Platoon  HHC of the 2/327th Infantry Regiment.

Their mission was to clear the Ghaki Valley working in conjunction with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams (EOD), Route Clearance, Civil Affairs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Border Police (ABP), and the Afghan National Police (ANP).

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

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‘No Slack’ Soldiers fight relentlessly, repel insurgent attacks

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Three Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division received awards January 6th for valorous conduct during a two-day joint operation with the Afghan National Security Forces in Kunar Province.

For their actions during Operation Strong Eagle, U.S. Army Capt. Steven J. Weber was awarded the Silver Star with Valor; U.S. Army Cpl. Joshua M. Frappier and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John T. Howerton were awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.

U.S. Army Capt. Steven J. Weber of Winthrop, MN, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shakes hands with U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus after receiving a Silver Star Medal with Valor Jan. 6th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Capt. Steven J. Weber of Winthrop, MN, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shakes hands with U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus after receiving a Silver Star Medal with Valor Jan. 6th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Gates presents valor awards to Bastogne Soldiers

 

Written by Combined Joint Task Force-101 Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presented six Silver Star Medals and a Bronze Star Medal with Valor to Task Force Bastogne Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce December 7th.

The Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were recognized for heroic actions during Operation Strong Eagle in June and July in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S Army Spc. Richard T. Bennett of St. Charles, IL, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star Medal by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Forward Operating Base Joyce Dec. 7th. Bennett was awarded Silver Star for valorous actions against armed and heavily fortified enemies during Operation Strong Eagle. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Andy Barrera/Released)

U.S Army Spc. Richard T. Bennett of St. Charles, IL, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star Medal by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Forward Operating Base Joyce Dec. 7th. Bennett was awarded Silver Star for valorous actions against armed and heavily fortified enemies during Operation Strong Eagle. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Andy Barrera/Released)

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How to trade a desk for a machine gun

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – His position was under heavy enemy fire when a round hit U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson in the chest.

“It was almost surreal,” the 28-year-old gunner said. “I could feel the fragments of the bullet hit my face.”

Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, was holding an overwatch position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province as part of Operation Strong Eagle June 27th when the firefight started.

Burson was on the M240B machine gun. The other heavy weapon, an automatic grenade launcher, had stopped working, causing him to draw even more fire. One of many rocket-propelled grenades being fired at the unit exploded 20 feet in front of his position before he was shot.

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Marawara District Shura after Operation Strong Eagle II

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. William Rockerfeller, the Battalion Operations Officer with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, listens in during a district Shura at the conclusion of Operation Strong Eagle II in the Daridam village of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province July 19th.

During the Shura, provincial and district leaders encouraged villagers to return to their homes and discussed the best place to distribute human aid. Operation Strong Eagle II cleared insurgents from the nearby village of Chenar and extended the reach of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces.

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Preparing for Operation Strong Eagle II

 

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Coalition Forces leaders review tactical details of Operation Strong Eagle II at Forward Operating Base Joyce July 18th. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of reach of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces.

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Manning of Outpost Thomas

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – The back of the Chinook opened and the small team of scouts, mortarmen and infantrymen exited over knee-high piles of Meals Ready to Eat and bottled water into the darkness of Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk July 7th.

Days earlier, some of these same Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, helped expel insurgents from the valley below during Operation Strong Eagle. Now they were back to ensure insurgents did not return by helping the Afghan National Army build a permanent outpost high above the Marawarah District.

U.S. Army Pfc. David W. Wilson, of Salisbury, NC, a grenadier with 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stacks sandbags in an effort to improve a fighting position at Combat Outpost Thomas above the Marawarah District here July 7th.(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. David W. Wilson, of Salisbury, NC, a grenadier with 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stacks sandbags in an effort to improve a fighting position at Combat Outpost Thomas above the Marawarah District here July 7th.(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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