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‘Operation Clean Sweep’

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – “There’s a lot of ammo out there from the past 10 years,” said Capt. Marjorie Samples. “It’s handed from unit to unit, year to year.”

The 101st Sustainment Brigade “Task Force Lifeliner” is leading a process, called “Operation Clean Sweep,” to sweep through Regional Command East by inventorying ordnance, sending the old ammunition off smaller outposts, and preparing better storage for the future.

“It’s an effort to address ammunition and explosive issues in the battlespace after ten years of war,” said Samples, the ammunition (Class V) officer in charge for support operations, 101st Sustainment Brigade. “Some of the issues are excess ammo, unserviceable ammo and improper storage of ammo.”

Spc. Frank Barnes, an ammunition specialist for the 592nd Ordnance Company, a reserve unit from Billings, Mont., attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battlalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, inspects an Air Force pallet with ordnance preparing for an air delivery to outlying forward operating bases. All ammunition destined for FOBs in Northern, Central and Eastern Afghanistan passes through the 592nd. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Spc. Frank Barnes, an ammunition specialist for the 592nd Ordnance Company, a reserve unit from Billings, Mont., attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battlalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, inspects an Air Force pallet with ordnance preparing for an air delivery to outlying forward operating bases. All ammunition destined for FOBs in Northern, Central and Eastern Afghanistan passes through the 592nd. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Finance soldiers guarantee local workers paychecks

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – “Before I started working here, I never knew if I would get paid,” said a local Afghan, who is contracted as a construction worker on Bagram Airfield. “Now, I always have money for me and my family.”

Several local Afghans work on American bases, doing anything from construction to cleaning to laundry. Making sure they receive their paychecks falls into the hands of one office on Bagram Airfield.

The Contract Vendor Services office of the 101st Finance Management Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade recently consolidated ten different offices into one central location to pay local nationals working on forward operating bases.

Soldiers of the Contract Vendor Services office of the 101st Finance Management Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade stand outside their office at Motel 6 on Bagram Air Field. CVS consolidated to better pay Afghans working on forward operating bases in Regional Commands North, East and Capitol. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Soldiers of the Contract Vendor Services office of the 101st Finance Management Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade stand outside their office at Motel 6 on Bagram Air Field. CVS consolidated to better pay Afghans working on forward operating bases in Regional Commands North, East and Capitol. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Leaders learn Supply Chain

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Several leaders of the 101st Sustainment Brigade gathered at the Bagram Supply Support Agency to learn the ropes of the operations at the warehouse facility, August 16th.

The groups of officer and non-commissioned officers, from the brigade staff, 101st Special Troops Battalion and 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, convened on the cramped area here and toured the busiest SSA in Afghanistan.

“In all of Afghanistan, this SSA has the most transactions but the smallest area,” said 1st Lt. Suzan Beattie, of the 142nd CSSB and the accountable officer for the Bagram Supply Support Agency. “Today the leaders learned the overall operations of the SSA.”

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jerry Scarborough, of support operations, 101st Sustainment Brigade, shows leaders of the 101st Sust. Bde. the process of receiving goods at the Bagram Supply Support Agency. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jerry Scarborough, of support operations, 101st Sustainment Brigade, shows leaders of the 101st Sust. Bde. the process of receiving goods at the Bagram Supply Support Agency. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Funny money

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Service members deployed to Afghanistan have several ways to pay for necessities. While some soldiers go for the plastic approach, like Eagle Cash, credit cards or debit cards, some stick with the classic paper bills.

With paper currency comes the possibility of fake money, but finance soldiers here are prepared to separate the genuine from the frauds.

Soldiers of the 101st Finance Management Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade learned the basics of identifying counterfeit currency during a training opportunity. The class, taught by U.S. Secret Service special agents, showed the soldiers how genuine American dollars are made during the training.

Soldiers with the 101st Finance Management Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, use magnifying glasses and ultraviolet lights to identify fake money during a counterfeit currency training. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Soldiers with the 101st Finance Management Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, use magnifying glasses and ultraviolet lights to identify fake money during a counterfeit currency training. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fueling the Fight

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Communication systems up. Check. Maintenance performed. Check. Final Manifest called. Check. A chaplain leads a prayer and the team rolls out the gate to resupply outlying forward operating bases.

Since arriving here this past May, the 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, has run convoys throughout Regional Commands East and Capitol, and accumulated more than 66,000 miles on the road.

That’s roughly the same as driving from the American West Coast to the East Coast, 22 times.

The 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, has put in a lot of miles in short period of time. Their convoy teams ran the equivalent of 22 coast-to-coast drives since May. (Courtesy Photo)

The 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, has put in a lot of miles in short period of time. Their convoy teams ran the equivalent of 22 coast-to-coast drives since May. (Courtesy Photo)

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A deployment of firsts

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A soldier’s first deployment is filled with many new experiences, from the new country to the new people to the new job.

One Guardsman recently added another check to his list of deployment adventures.

Nearly one month ago, Pfc. Ryan Petrill, a gunner with the 131st Transportation Company, a Pennsylvania National Guard unit attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, made it home to Pennsylvania to be with his wife as their first son was born.

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The other half of the picture

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Blake Adams and Sgt. Dennis Stanley’s background in law enforcement is proving vital to their mission to help combat corruption here in Afghanistan’s trucking industry.

The two are members of the 101st Sustainment Brigade’s Anti-Corruption interview teams which are working with the various Host Nation truckers to learn about the potential hazards they face on the roads in and around Regional Command’s East, North and Capitol.

Sgt. Dennis Stanley and Staff Sgt. Blake Adams, both of the 101st Sustainment Brigade anti-corruption interview team, talks with a local trucker about the conditions on the road. The team was created to focus on corruption issues host nation truckers face on the road. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Sgt. Dennis Stanley and Staff Sgt. Blake Adams, both of the 101st Sustainment Brigade anti-corruption interview team, talks with a local trucker about the conditions on the road. The team was created to focus on corruption issues host nation truckers face on the road. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Making the transition

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes and Spc. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – One battalion commander marked the beginning of year-his unit’s long deployment to Afghanistan while another finally prepared to bring team home.

Lt. Col. Jose Solis marked the beginning of his command Thursday as the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted their Relief in Place Transfer of Authority ceremony in Afghanistan at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center clamshell.

Lt. Col. Leslie Caballero, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and her unit are preparing to head home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The battalion was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY. (Army photo by Spc. Jens Vadelund)

Lt. Col. Leslie Caballero, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and her unit are preparing to head home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The battalion was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY. (Army photo by Spc. Jens Vadelund)

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17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Cases Colors

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion takes over Mission; ‘Wagonmasters’ take the helm

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion ended their year-long deployment Thursday, May 26th, when they cased their colors and handed over their responsibility to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at a relief in place and transfer of authority ceremony.

The battalion, based out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade. They provided logistical support to nine task forces in the 14 provinces of Regional Command East and Capitol during their yearlong deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander Ltc. Col. Leslie Caballero and Command Sgt. John Gory, and 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jose Solis, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dolishia King salute the colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander Ltc. Col. Leslie Caballero and Command Sgt. John Gory, and 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jose Solis, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dolishia King salute the colors during the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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