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Petraeus visits Bastogne troops at remote COP

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer
Task Force Bastogne

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, visited Soldiers in the Pech River Valley March 31st to show his appreciation and support for their efforts in rooting out the insurgency in the region over the past 11 months.

Speaking to Soldiers at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, Petraeus praised the battalion’s leadership and honored the Task Force Bulldog troops for their relentless determination in fighting in an area that has seen some of the most kinetic activity since the Afghan war began.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, TN, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, TN, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31st. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

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Afghan National Army assumes responsibility of Forward Operating Base Blessing

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer
Task Force Bulldog Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army took a major step toward responsibility for their country’s security when it assumed control of Forward Operating Base Blessing in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province March 4th.

Afghan soldiers now safeguard the Pech River Valley near the border with Pakistan – historically one of Kunar Province’s most volatile areas. Although FOB Blessing is not the first base transferred to the Afghan National Army, it is the largest in Regional Command-East transferred to date.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, take down the final American Flag to fly over FOB Blessing during a transfer of authority ceremony March 4th. U.S. and Afghan soldiers have lived together at FOB Blessing for the three years. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bulldog Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, take down the final American Flag to fly over FOB Blessing during a transfer of authority ceremony March 4th. U.S. and Afghan soldiers have lived together at FOB Blessing for the three years. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bulldog Public Affairs)

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Operation Bulldog Bite

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – Multimedia piece on Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bulldog, completing the final phase of Operation Bulldog Bite in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, November 25th, 2010.

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The Jamaican Grunt

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip, an infantry squad leader from Decatur, GA, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, explains how he joined the Army after living in Jamaica for most of his life from Forward Operating Base Blessing in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

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Soldier’s ingenuity makes his dream a reality

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Taylor
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – His thoughts jostled him awake in the hot July night. He had dreamt up a solution to a problem he’d been wrestling with in his mind for months. He couldn’t stop thinking about it. He eventually rolled out of bed with a renewed sense of purpose, and called his wife, Katie, then his parents.

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, had searched the Internet for a smart phone application that he could use on his deployment before leaving Fort Campbell, KY, in early May, but nothing was out there that suited his needs. He pondered the idea of inventing one of his own, but didn’t know how to do it or where to start.

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 101st Airborne Division, tests his new smart phone application in eastern Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley Jan. 9th. Springer, a Fort Wayne, IN, native, invented the navigational application to find an inexpensive yet reliable tool for Soldiers to use while at home or in a deployed environment. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Shoemaker, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment)

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, 101st Airborne Division, tests his new smart phone application in eastern Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley Jan. 9th. Springer, a Fort Wayne, IN, native, invented the navigational application to find an inexpensive yet reliable tool for Soldiers to use while at home or in a deployed environment. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Shoemaker, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment)

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Pech River Valley operations conclude

 

Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKundar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Bastogne), 101st Airborne Division, concluded operations in the eastern Pech River Valley November 25th, clearing the area of insurgent fighters in the Watapur District of Kunar Province.

This security operation enhanced the safety of the Pech River Valley residents and further disrupted insurgent activities throughout the region.   

Afghan National Army soldiers and troops assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, talk and warm themselves next to a fire on Forward Operating Base Honaker-Miracle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 22nd before conducting an air assault mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Afghan National Army soldiers and troops assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, talk and warm themselves next to a fire on Forward Operating Base Honaker-Miracle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 22nd before conducting an air assault mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Soldier credits Army for opportunities

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – In 2002, he moved to the United States with $500.00 his pocket. He didn’t know what he was going to do. He had spent his whole life living outside of Kingston, Jamaica, in a small town called John John.

He said he came from a dark place in his life before the Army. Now, on his second combat tour with the 101st Airborne Division, he can recollect from a mountainside in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province about his journey into the military.

“Most people look at the island as the beautiful beaches and the nice culture … But it’s not like what the brochure says all the time,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip, an infantry squad leader, Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog.

As the sun begins to rise, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip, an infantry squad leader from Decatur, GA, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, scans the Pech River Valley for insurgent movement in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 20th. “We’re up here doing an over watch and trying to stop any type of movement in the trails,” said Phillip. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office)

As the sun begins to rise, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip, an infantry squad leader from Decatur, GA, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, scans the Pech River Valley for insurgent movement in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 20th. “We’re up here doing an over watch and trying to stop any type of movement in the trails,” said Phillip. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office)

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Task Force Bulldog remembers 6 fallen comrades

 

Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – Six fallen Soldiers from Task Force Bulldog were honored during a memorial service at Combat Outpost Honikker Miracle in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province November 21st.

The Soldiers were all attached to Abu Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Spc. Shane H. Ahmed from Chesterfield, MI; Spc. Shannon M. Chihuahua from Thomasville, GA; Spc. Nathan E. Lillard from Knoxville, TN; Spc. Scott T. Nagorski from Greenfield, WI; Spc. Jesse A. Snow from Fairborn, OH; and Pfc. Christian M. Warriner from Mills River, NC; all died of wounds sustained during combat in Operation Bulldog Bite November 14th.

The fallen heroes were remembered by their brothers in arms during the memorial ceremony.

Soldiers kneel and leave memorabilia for their fallen comrades during a memorial service for six Soldiers from Abu Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Bulldog), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honikker Miracle in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Nov. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Soldiers kneel and leave memorabilia for their fallen comrades during a memorial service for six Soldiers from Abu Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Bulldog), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honikker Miracle in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Nov. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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TF Bulldog patrols Pech River Valley at sunrise

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Bulldog patrols the Pech River Valley area. U.S. Army Marcos E. Figueroa, a radio operator from Corozal, Puerto Rico, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Bulldog), 101st Airborne Division, provides security during the patrol of a village in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province November 20th.

A teenage boy looks outside his door as U.S. Army Marcos E. Figueroa, a radio operator from Corozal, Puerto Rico, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Bulldog), 101st Airborne Division, provides security during a patrol.  (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

A teenage boy looks outside his door as U.S. Army Marcos E. Figueroa, a radio operator from Corozal, Puerto Rico, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Bulldog), 101st Airborne Division, provides security during a patrol. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Faces of combat: Task Force Bulldog

 

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

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar, Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. William B. James of Columbus, GA, forward observer for 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, calls in mortar fire during a more than three-hour fire fight at the Shege East Afghan National Police 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 Spc. William B. James of Columbus, GA, forward observer for 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, calls in mortar fire during a more than three-hour fire fight at the Shege East Afghan National Police checkpoint Sept. 18. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. William B. James

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