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Currahee unites a U.S. Muslim community with Afghans in Paktika

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The Department of Defense estimates there are between 10,000 and 20,000 practicing Muslims in the U.S. military. One Task Force Currahee Soldier, with the help of his faith community in California and his unit, is bridging the gap between U.S. and Afghanistan Muslims.

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst from TF Currahee, Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Anaheim, CA, began his current deployment to Afghanistan with a goal – to reduce the cultural gap between Muslims in Afghanistan and in the United States.

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst with Task Force Currahee, Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, a native of Anaheim, CA, and member of the Islamic faith, delivers school supplies donated by his mosque in California to Afghan children in a village west of Forward Operating Base Sharana, March 14th.(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst with Task Force Currahee, Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, a native of Anaheim, CA, and member of the Islamic faith, delivers school supplies donated by his mosque in California to Afghan children in a village west of Forward Operating Base Sharana, March 14th.(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Afghans hired to maintain Sharana bazaar

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces and the government of Sharana in Paktika Province instituted a cash-for-work incentive program recently.

The program, which officially kicked off January 5th, uses commander’s emergency relief program funds to pay Afghans for cleaning the area around the Sharana bazaar. 

The idea came from U.S. Army Capt. Todd Tompkins, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Mohammed Zahir, mayor of Sharana, inspects workers hired as part of a cash-for-work program to clean up the local bazaar March 5th. The program, which officially kicked off Jan. 5th, uses commander’s emergency relief program funds to pay Afghans for cleaning the area around the Sharana bazaar. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Paul Billy, Task Force Currahee)

Mohammed Zahir, mayor of Sharana, inspects workers hired as part of a cash-for-work program to clean up the local bazaar March 5th. The program, which officially kicked off Jan. 5th, uses commander’s emergency relief program funds to pay Afghans for cleaning the area around the Sharana bazaar. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Paul Billy, Task Force Currahee)

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Task Force Iron Rakkasan uses PTDS to prevent highway robbery

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Recently, Soldiers from Task Force Iron Rakkasan watched a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police conduct an illegal checkpoint on the route between Ghazni and Sharana. Using the camera system on the Persistent Threat Detection System, Soldiers observed a man standing in the road collecting money from vehicles. The practice is common by insurgents who fund their attacks by taking money from locals.

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Combined forces kill 21 insurgents in Paktika

 

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 – Combined security forces eliminated 21 insurgents and captured a collection of bomb making materials, disrupting a major network of enemy combatants that operate in the Sar Hawza district of Paktika Province, Afghanistan August 6th.

Early that morning, a pair of AH-64 Apaches flew over the Orgun district toward the Sar Hawza district reporting a group of 10-18 insurgents carrying weapons.

As the pilots flew over the group, the insurgents scattered and hid in the tree lines and ditches. The Apache helicopters fired two Hellfire missiles, 20 rockets, and 250 rounds of 30mm machine gun rounds, killing 17 insurgents.

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Phillip Divinski of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, points to the next objective during a mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander/released)

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Phillip Divinski of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, points to the next objective during a mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander/released)

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Iron Rakkasans conduct successful resupply despite insurgent attacks

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R. J. Peek Company D, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – In an effort to better prepare incoming 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers, the Iron Rakkasans from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment conducted July 23rd-25th the second largest resupply of vehicles and equipment since the unit has been in country.

In order to achieve success, the monumental operation focused on accomplishing two tasks: getting supplies and equipment to their destination, and bringing supplies and equipment back.

“The first task was to bring fuel, food, vehicles and repair parts to Forward Operating Base Khoyr Kot Castle and FOB Kushamond,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joshua Canan, a native of Greenville, OH, and battalion motor officer for the forward support company that works with 3 Bn., 187th Inf. “Four additional Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles were taken down to ensure that the incoming unit would be fully mission capable when they get ready to take over western Paktika.”

Task Force Iron Soldiers drive through an Afghan village during a recent convoy of vehicles and equipment.  The convoy was the largest resupply the unit has conducted since arriving in February.  Despite encountering five IEDs and being fired upon by insurgents, the mission was a success and no injuries were sustained. (Official U.S. Army Photo)

Task Force Iron Soldiers drive through an Afghan village during a recent convoy of vehicles and equipment. The convoy was the largest resupply the unit has conducted since arriving in February. Despite encountering five IEDs and being fired upon by insurgents, the mission was a success and no injuries were sustained. (Official U.S. Army Photo)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers celebrate Afghan New Year

 

Fort CampbellWritten by the Bagram Media Center Tuesday, 23 March 2010 09:25

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In some countries the New Year is celebrated in January with champagne and resolutions. In others it’s celebrated in February with lanterns and fireworks. In Afghanistan – as Soldiers from Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, recently learned – it’s celebrated in March with spears from horseback.

The Soldiers of “Angel” Company joined local leaders from Sharana city in Afghanistan’s Paktika province for a New Year’s feast followed by a performance by Afghan folk dancers, March 20.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Ferguson, a fire support officer with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses with a horse in Sharana city in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, March 21, during the New Year’s sangay festivities. Sangay is a competition in which men on horseback use spears to attempt to dislodge a spike from the ground. The Soldiers from 3-187 INF joined approximately 600 residents from the city for the celebration. (U.S. Army photo)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Ferguson, a fire support officer with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses with a horse in Sharana city in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, March 21, during the New Year’s sangay festivities. (U.S. Army photo)

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