Topic: Regional Command South
Written by Sgt. Shanika Futrell
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Hawaii’s Task Force Voyagers (Company B, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment), handed over its reins to Colorado and Nebraska’s Company B, 2nd Bn., 135th Avn. Rgt., after its relief-in-place here at the end of July.
When it is time for units to rotate out of theater, they conduct a relief-in-place with the incoming unit to ensure its soldiers have the necessary intelligence information and situational awareness to assume the mission seamlessly.
Though this transition may appear instantaneous because of the abrupt transfer-of-authority ceremony that finalizes the exchange, the process is not always easy. «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will receive a new commander June 24th, 2011, at 9:30am during a ceremony on the division parade field when Col. William K. Gayler relinquishes command to Col. Paul Bontrager.
Gayler has commanded the 101st CAB since 2009. During his tenure, the brigade deployed to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Under Gayler’s command, the brigade provided Army aviation support for U.S. and NATO operations in Regional Command-South, West and Southwest from February 2010 to March 2011. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion takes over Mission; ‘Wagonmasters’ take the helm
Bagram 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.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – A UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade lands in Deh Gholaman village in southern Afghanistan to drop off humanitarian assistance supplies. The 159th CAB, part of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, is providing aviation support throughout Regional Command-South.
Pathfinders from the unit provided ground security when the aircraft landed and while Afghan National Police officers distributed the donations to the local population.
Written/Produced by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – While visiting Regional Command South to see and hear what is operationally and strategically important, General David Petraeus made time to present multiple awards of valor, including the Silver Star, Bronze Stars for Valor, Army Commendation Medals for Valor, and Purple Hearts at Forward Operating Base Wilson.
He also handed out coins to engineers that worked on the Kandahar Power Bridging Solution.
James Turner (deputy director, Pentagon Press Office): Okay, Colonel Luong, this is Jim Turner in the Pentagon Briefing Room. Can you hear me?
Colonel Luong: I can hear you loud and clear, Jim.
Mr Turner: Good morning here, and good morning in Afghanistan, I’d like to welcome to the Pentagon Briefing Room Colonel Viet Luong. He is commander of Task Force Rakkasan and commander of — and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. As part of Regional Command East, Colonel Luong’s 3,800-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year. In February, the brigade assumed operational responsibility of Khost, Paktika and Paktya provinces. In August, Task Force Rakkasan relinquished control of Paktika province to Task Force Currahee composed of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of Colonel Luong’s battle task forces subsequently joined Task Force White Eagle, the Polish battle group, and is currently conducting operations in Andar and Deh Yak districts in Ghazni province. «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell, KY – The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, is scheduled to case its colors during a ceremony at the Passenger Processing Center here January 25th at 10:30am.
The colors casing ceremony marks the final step in deployment preparation for the brigade, as it heads to southern Afghanistan to assume control of the aviation mission in Regional Command South from its sister brigade, the 101st CAB.
This will be the 2nd deployment for 159th CAB in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Military and civilian traffic passes through the U.S. Army rotary wing terminal at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan introducing to them the face of Task Force Destiny.
The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny Chinooks deliver supplies to ground forces throughout Southern Afghanistan.
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