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General Petraeus awards Silver Stars to Task Force No Slack Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – As the sun shone brightly, U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus awarded two Silver Star Medals to Task Force No Slack Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province April 11th.

The Silver Star recipients, U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Decatur, GA., and U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua L. Bostic, a squad leader from Spring City, Tennessee, assigned to Company C, both from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said the weather during Operation Strong Eagle III in Marawara District was anything but sunny.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, awards a Silver Star Medal to U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander from Decatur, GA, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 11th. Bankston was awarded the medal for his actions during Strong Eagle III in Marawara District. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, awards a Silver Star Medal to U.S. Army Capt. Edward B. Bankston, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander from Decatur, GA, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province April 11th. Bankston was awarded the medal for his actions during Strong Eagle III in Marawara District. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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U.S., Afghan servicemembers respond during attack

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case
304th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya Province, Afghanistan  – One Afghan security contractor and five insurgents were killed when a squad-sized element of insurgents attacked three bases near Gardez, Paktya Province, September 24th. At least two others were injured.

The attack began when insurgents opened fire on the Forward Operating Base Goode (Gardez) entry control point with AK-47 rifles at about noon, said U.S. Army Capt. Scott M. Frederick, the FOB commander of FOB Lightning. One insurgent was killed and a truck belonging to a respected village elder was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and set aflame in this initial attack.

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at Forward Operating Base Thunder, one of three bases insurgents attacked in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 24th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Troy P. Johnson, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at Forward Operating Base Thunder, one of three bases insurgents attacked in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 24th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Troy P. Johnson, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Coalition forces repel attack at COP Spera, at least 27 insurgents killed

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Norris
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs 
 
187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team repelled an attack on Combat Outpost Spera September 21st resulting in the death of at least 27 insurgents.

Both remotely piloted aircraft and strategically placed surveillance cameras identified the insurgent forces preparing to open fire with a mixture of small arms and rocket propelled grenades.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Shelton, a senior scout with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, provides over watch security on the Spera District Center, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, as a provincial key leader engagement is about to take place inside. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Shelton, a senior scout with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, provides over watch security on the Spera District Center, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, as a provincial key leader engagement is about to take place inside. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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New net armor proves its worth

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – When 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry began using new mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles, they also made the switch from bar cage armor to net armor. 

When the first few trucks moved into circulation with the net armor, many Soldiers were concerned about its effectiveness, but the nets were combat tested September 19th, and Soldiers approved.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Ward from Herndon, VA, platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, confessed he was skeptical about the nets. “I just didn’t think the thin net would be able to safeguard the vehicle and the Soldiers from a rocket-propelled grenade.”  «Read the rest of this article»

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Coalition forces beat attack against checkpoint

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – The Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint September 18th.

An estimated two dozen insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire. Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack.

U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan L. Carson of Richmond, Va., a member of the Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint Sept. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan L. Carson of Richmond, Va., a member of the Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint Sept. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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TF Iron Rakkasan Soldier reenlists after being wounded in action

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek 3rd Battalion
187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – The Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, Iron Rakkasan, has some tough Soldiers.

U.S. Army Sgt. William Bickers from Cincinnati, a mortar man for Battlehard Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, epitomized that strength September 16th.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, stands over the bedside of U.S. Army Sgt. William Bickers Sept. 16th at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Campbell presented Bickers with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his direct engagement with the enemy and a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty while on a foot patrol in Andar District, Ghazni province. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. R.J. Peek)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, stands over the bedside of U.S. Army Sgt. William Bickers Sept. 16th at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Campbell presented Bickers with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his direct engagement with the enemy and a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty while on a foot patrol in Andar District, Ghazni province. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. R.J. Peek)

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Combined forces repel night attacks at base

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment 
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – Insurgents attacked Combat Outpost Badel August 25th, at dusk with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars against the base in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

Neither International Security Assistance Forces nor Afghan National Security Forces were injured during the assault.

U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph P. Khamvongsa of Mililani, Hawaii, a forward observer with 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, aims his weapon during an insurgent attack on Combat Outpost Badel. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph P. Khamvongsa of Mililani, Hawaii, a forward observer with 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, aims his weapon during an insurgent attack on Combat Outpost Badel. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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ANSF, TF Iron Soldiers hunt down, capture elusive Taliban commander

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R. J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After months of relentless pursuit and numerous combat operations, security forces in Ghazni Province finally tracked down and captured an elusive insurgent commander, responsible for dozens of attacks on coalition forces and local Afghans.

U.S. and Afghan security forces worked together in a joint operation and captured the Taliban commander, known only as Attullah, in the early morning hours of August 31st. The powerful leader was discovered cowering in the wall of a house.

Attullah has a long history of insurgency. He has conducted a variety of insurgent operations throughout Paktika Province, and is believed to be responsible for the attack that killed U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Owens in March 2010.

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division patrol the Sharana Bazaar Aug. 21 st in West Paktika Province. The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently caught a Taliban commander responsible for dozens of attacks on coalition forces and local Afghans. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division patrol the Sharana Bazaar Aug. 21 st in West Paktika Province. The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently caught a Taliban commander responsible for dozens of attacks on coalition forces and local Afghans. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

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ISAF, ANSF forces repel attack at bases in Khowst province; kill, capture insurgents

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Khowst Province, Afghanistan – International Security Assistance Force servicemembers and Afghan National Security Forces repelled complex attacks at two bases in Khowst province, killing 31 insurgents and capturing five August 28th.

Insurgents attacked Forward Operating Base Chapman and FOB Salerno with indirect, rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire in an early morning assault.

ISAF ground forces repelled the poorly-synchronized attack, supported by combat aviation assets.

During the engagement, coalition forces killed 15 insurgents outside FOB Salerno’s perimeter and four insurgents in a recoilless rifle firing position on a hill north of the FOB. Two insurgents breached the perimeter and were immediately killed by base defense forces who had them under surveillance. «Read the rest of this article»

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Unit fights off insurgent attack

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brandon R. Romero of Los Alamos, NM, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Glenn K. Luce of Midwest City, OK, with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, open fire on a nearby building during an Aug. 18th attack against troops visiting the village of Spinkay in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

One U.S. Army Soldier was wounded during the insurgent attack, which included the use of mortars, small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades against International Security Assistance and Afghan National Security Forces.

U.S. Army Spc. Brandon R. Romero and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Glenn K. Luce. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Brandon R. Romero and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Glenn K. Luce. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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