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Task Force Bastogne Soldier exemplifies courage, luck

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
734th Agribusiness Development Team

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – It sounded like a worst-case scenario, April 2nd, when the call crackled over the radio during Operation Strong Eagle III, an operation to disrupt insurgent activities in the province: “We’ve got a Soldier shot in the face, and it looks like the bullet passed through and lodged in his chest.”

The wounded Soldier, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI, not only survived, he walked to the medical evacuation helicopter that took him from the battlefield in the Marwara District to the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright. After surgery at FOB Wright, Hayes walked to the second MEDEVAC chopper that transported him to Bagram Airfield for follow-up treatment.

U.S. Army Maj. Mike Kilbourne of Richmond Hill, GA, surgeon for the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, enters medical information, April 2nd, about U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI, after treating Hayes for a gunshot wound to the face and chest. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

U.S. Army Maj. Mike Kilbourne of Richmond Hill, GA, surgeon for the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, enters medical information, April 2nd, about U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI, after treating Hayes for a gunshot wound to the face and chest. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

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64th MPs: Brothers, sisters in arms

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – The Soldiers of the 64th Military Police Company assigned to Combat Outpost Fortress in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province have seen plenty of action since they arrived at the outpost nearly nine months ago.

Since then, the MPs have been in contact with the enemy roughly 100 times while conducting route clearance patrols and during dismounted operations with infantry elements.

U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an Afghan child during a foot patrol in Noor Gal District Jan. 3rd. Hyman and U.S. Army Spc. Cristine Gallagher of Victorville, CA, are the only two females assigned to COP Fortress. (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn/RELEASED)

U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an Afghan child during a foot patrol in Noor Gal District Jan. 3rd. Hyman and U.S. Army Spc. Cristine Gallagher of Victorville, CA, are the only two females assigned to COP Fortress. (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn/RELEASED)

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Afghan National Army takes charge at Observation Post Mace

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
Task Force Bastogne

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army took an important step toward taking responsibility for the nation’s security when it assumed control of Observation Post Mace from the U.S. Army December 21st.

ANA soldiers now safeguard the post and surrounding area, in accordance with the way ahead laid out in the Lisbon Plan to transfer security responsibility to Afghan forces.

A noncommissioned officer with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepares to lower the American flag during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Observation Post Mace, as U.S. and Afghan National Army troops look on Dec. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, Task Force Bastogne)

A noncommissioned officer with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepares to lower the American flag during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Observation Post Mace, as U.S. and Afghan National Army troops look on Dec. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, Task Force Bastogne)

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Narang District Afghans take first steps toward security

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
734th Agribusiness Development Team

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Kunar Province, Afghanistan – More than 100 village elders from across the Narang District here took their first tentative steps toward securing their own communities when they came together at the district center November 2nd for a security and development shura.

The only concrete agreement to come from the shura was a decision to continue security talks, but all participants agreed on the importance of improving security in their district.

District Sub-Gov. Haji Gulam Nabi organized the shura in cooperation with the 101st Airborne Division’s Task Force No Slack, commanded by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel Vowell of Birmingham, AL.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel Vowell of Birmingham, AL, commander of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force No Slack, addresses village elders at the Narang District Center during the Security and Development Shura here Nov. 2. More than 100 village elders from across the district attended the shura. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel Vowell of Birmingham, AL, commander of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force No Slack, addresses village elders at the Narang District Center during the Security and Development Shura here Nov. 2. More than 100 village elders from across the district attended the shura. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

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Kunar teams commemorate Patriot Day

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
734th Agri-Business Development Team

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and civilians of the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team and the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agri-Business Development Team held a solemn ceremony here to commemorate Patriot Day and the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon and those lost in Shanksville, PA. The ceremony started at exactly 8:47am Eastern time, the same time the attacks began in 2001. «Read the rest of this article»

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Iowa Agribusiness Development Team helps widows, orphans, schoolgirls

 

Written by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
Kunar Agribusiness Development Team

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Kunar Province, Afghanistan – On a late August day outside Forward Operating Base Wright, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Brumley helped load a slightly scuffed Toyota Corolla with boxes of clothing for the families of war widows and school supplies for the Fatima Girls School in nearby Asadabad, the provincial capital of Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

Brumley, of Stewart, IA, is the noncommissioned officer in charge of administration for the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Brumley, Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, speaks through an interpreter to staff members of the Kunar Province’s Director of Women's Affairs in eastern Afghanistan Aug. 19th after loading their vehicle with supplies for local schoolgirls and clothes for the families of widows in the province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, Kunar Agribusiness Development Team)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Brumley, Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, speaks through an interpreter to staff members of the Kunar Province’s Director of Women's Affairs in eastern Afghanistan Aug. 19th after loading their vehicle with supplies for local schoolgirls and clothes for the families of widows in the province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, Kunar Agribusiness Development Team)

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