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Petraeus visits Bastogne troops at remote COP

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer
Task Force Bastogne

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, visited Soldiers in the Pech River Valley March 31st to show his appreciation and support for their efforts in rooting out the insurgency in the region over the past 11 months.

Speaking to Soldiers at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, Petraeus praised the battalion’s leadership and honored the Task Force Bulldog troops for their relentless determination in fighting in an area that has seen some of the most kinetic activity since the Afghan war began.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, TN, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, TN, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

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Joint ANSF, coalition operations maintain security in Pech River Valley

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan –Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces concluded operations March 27th in the Darah-Ye Pech District after clearing known insurgent fighters and providing security to the area. 

The combined force also took steps to restore the land that ANSF and coalition forces had been using for bases and observation posts prior to the realignment of forces in the Pech River Valley. These actions included the demolition of unnecessary structures and the removal of the debris. «Read the rest of this article»

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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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Soldier retells battles in Watapur: Stress management clinic eases Soldier’s inner conflict

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Three knocks at my office door indicated he arrived. He entered the room as if most of the world was lifted from his shoulders. He told me he had just come from another visit at the combat stress clinic.

He sat down and explained he was ready to tell his story and tell why he encourages Soldiers seek help. He relaxed, settled back in his chair and said, “My name is Sgt. Kevin Garrison, and this is my story of 3rd Platoon, Company D, in Afghanistan.”

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Garrison, a squad leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, tells his story February 4th about his experiences in eastern Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Garrison, a squad leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, tells his story February 4th about his experiences in eastern Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Operation Bulldog Bite

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – Multimedia piece on Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bulldog, completing the final phase of Operation Bulldog Bite in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, November 25th, 2010.

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Soldier’s ingenuity makes his dream a reality

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Taylor
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – His thoughts jostled him awake in the hot July night. He had dreamt up a solution to a problem he’d been wrestling with in his mind for months. He couldn’t stop thinking about it. He eventually rolled out of bed with a renewed sense of purpose, and called his wife, Katie, then his parents.

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, had searched the Internet for a smart phone application that he could use on his deployment before leaving Fort Campbell, KY, in early May, but nothing was out there that suited his needs. He pondered the idea of inventing one of his own, but didn’t know how to do it or where to start.

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 101st Airborne Division, tests his new smart phone application in eastern Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley Jan. 9th. Springer, a Fort Wayne, IN, native, invented the navigational application to find an inexpensive yet reliable tool for Soldiers to use while at home or in a deployed environment. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Shoemaker, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment)

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 101st Airborne Division, tests his new smart phone application in eastern Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley Jan. 9th. Springer, a Fort Wayne, IN, native, invented the navigational application to find an inexpensive yet reliable tool for Soldiers to use while at home or in a deployed environment. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Shoemaker, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment)

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ANSF partners with Task Force Bastogne to rid area of insurgents

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces partnered with Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to conduct operations in the greater Sarkani District of Kunar Province beginning December 10th to rid the area of insurgents.

The early morning operation, Operation Eagle Claw II, began with an insertion of the combined security force into the mountains near the villages of Ganjgal, Dam Darye, Tsaporay and Bargay.  

Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hike the hilly terrain in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Dec. 10th during Operation Eagle Claw II. The purpose of the mission is to rid the Pech River Valley of insurgent activity in order to provide a secure and stable environment for Afghans who live in the area. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bastogne, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hike the hilly terrain in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Dec. 10th during Operation Eagle Claw II. The purpose of the mission is to rid the Pech River Valley of insurgent activity in order to provide a secure and stable environment for Afghans who live in the area. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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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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Pech River Valley operations conclude

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKundar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Bastogne), 101st Airborne Division, concluded operations in the eastern Pech River Valley November 25th, clearing the area of insurgent fighters in the Watapur District of Kunar Province.

This security operation enhanced the safety of the Pech River Valley residents and further disrupted insurgent activities throughout the region.   

Afghan National Army soldiers and troops assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, talk and warm themselves next to a fire on Forward Operating Base Honaker-Miracle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 22nd before conducting an air assault mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Afghan National Army soldiers and troops assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, talk and warm themselves next to a fire on Forward Operating Base Honaker-Miracle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 22nd before conducting an air assault mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Soldier credits Army for opportunities

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – In 2002, he moved to the United States with $500.00 his pocket. He didn’t know what he was going to do. He had spent his whole life living outside of Kingston, Jamaica, in a small town called John John.

He said he came from a dark place in his life before the Army. Now, on his second combat tour with the 101st Airborne Division, he can recollect from a mountainside in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province about his journey into the military.

“Most people look at the island as the beautiful beaches and the nice culture … But it’s not like what the brochure says all the time,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip, an infantry squad leader, Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog.

As the sun begins to rise, 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, scans the Pech River Valley for insurgent movement in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 20th. “We’re up here doing an over watch and trying to stop any type of movement in the trails,” said Phillip. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office)

As the sun begins to rise, 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, scans the Pech River Valley for insurgent movement in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 20th. “We’re up here doing an over watch and trying to stop any type of movement in the trails,” said Phillip. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office)

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