Topic: Task Force Falcon
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
Erbil, Iraq – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.
“We are partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga,” said Lt. Col. Edwin Matthaidess, commander of 2-502nd, also known as Task Force Falcon. “The MOP is part of the Kurdish Regional Government and is one of the security elements, per the Iraqi constitution, that makes up the Iraqi security forces. It is comprised of 14 regional guard brigades, which makes up their main combat power. As part of our advise and assist duties, we focus on the manning, training, and equipping.”
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Morgan McAfee
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – As a child looking into the sky above her hometown of Goldsboro, NC, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Cathy Jarrell recalls the B-52 airplanes from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base soaring overhead. It was then that she realized she wanted to be an aviator. It was around this time that the Army was beginning to open opportunities for women to become pilots.
Jarrell, currently a C-12 pilot with Task Force Condor, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize, attached to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, seized the opportunity in 1990 when she enrolled in Warrant Officer Candidate School where she was one of three females in her class of 80 candidates.
Written by U.S. Army Cpl. Kam Gerohimos
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Downey, Task Force Shooter, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, commander, along with a few of his pilots, visited U.S. Army Lt. Col. Will Johnson, TF Panther, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, commander, January 29th to present him a gift to commemorate the recent collaboration of their units.
The task forces worked together during Operation Black Panther in western Nangarhar Province December 27th. With constant coordination, TF Shooter performed infills and exfills of ground cavalry troops while also providing reconnaissance and aerial support throughout the operational area.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Jo Brown
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The DUSTOFF Association’s motto is “dedicated, unhesitating support to our fighting forces.” This Task Force Phoenix MEDEVAC Company displays this support every day in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Company C DUSTOFF, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, had displayed their duty, selfless service, and personal courage February 3rd when they evacuated a wounded Soldier from an area under fire from the enemy.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kam Gerohimos
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Two Cavalry Troopers of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Shooter, were awarded Purple Hearts in a ceremony at Jalalabad Airfield December 30th.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East, presented Purple Hearts to U.S. Army 1st Sgt. David E. Lee from Valley Springs, AR, of C Troop, TF Shooter, 10th CAB, and U.S. Army Spc. Matthew J. Riddle from Greenfield, IN, of D Troop, TF Shooter, 10th CAB, for wounds received in the defense of Forward Operating Base Fenty November 13th.
Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Amanda Brown
Parwan Province, Afghanistan – Aviation Soldiers can perform their job on a daily basis without concern as to the functionality of their lifesaving equipment thanks to Task Force Phoenix’s aviation life support equipment shop at Bagram Airfield.
“The best thing about our job is that, in the end, we save lives,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Buck Atkin, Company D, 3rd Battalion, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, ALSE noncommissioned officer in charge.
Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Willene Orr
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – History was made October 12th-14th when Combined Joint Task Force–101 hosted the first Regional Command–East and 101st Airborne Division Career Counselor of the Year Board here.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Calhoun of Visalia, CA, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Strike, was selected as the 101st Airborne Div. Career Counselor of the Year; and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Yelixa Mawhorr of Brooklyn, NY, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, was selected as the RC-East Career Counselor of the Year.
There were 10 participants who competed at the board, which mirrored the components and events of the Headquarters, Forces Command Career Counselor of the Year board.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A formation of U.S. Soldiers stood alongside a formation of Afghan soldiers during a ceremony transferring authority of two academies from U.S. to Afghan forces October 9th at Kabul International Airport.
The two academies, the Crew Chief Academy and the Air Assault Academy, were part of four academies created by the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, designed to train, coach and advise Afghan National Security Forces.
Written by U.S. Army Capt. Shawn Naigle
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Every maintenance unit across the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, has the unique mission of recovering aircraft and putting them back in the fight as soon as possible.
However, when the recovery mission or battle damage exceeds the capabilities of the line unit, the duty falls on Task Force Workhorse, 3rd CAB, TF Falcon.
The Soldiers of Company B, TF Workhorse, quickly developed a reputation for completing those complex missions.
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