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101st Airborne Division Task Force Falcon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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.”

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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Task Force Odin pilot recalls being among first female Army combat aviators

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Morgan McAfee
Task Force Falcon

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram 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. 

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Cathy Jarrell, a fixed-wing pilot with Task Force Condor, an aviation unit attached to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, became one of the first female AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots in 1993 soon after the restriction on females flying combat helicopters was lifted. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Morgan McAfee, Task Force Falcon)

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Cathy Jarrell, a fixed-wing pilot with Task Force Condor, an aviation unit attached to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, became one of the first female AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots in 1993 soon after the restriction on females flying combat helicopters was lifted. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Morgan McAfee, Task Force Falcon)

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TF Shooter, TF Panther commemorate collaboration

 

Written by U.S. Army Cpl. Kam Gerohimos
Task Force Six Shooters

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar 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.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Will Johnson, commander of Task Force Panther, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, receives “panther cologne” from Task Force Shooter pilots Capt. Scott Wohlford of Watertown, NY, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Smith of New Orleans. (Photo by Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dave Ratcliffe, Task Force Shooter, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Will Johnson, commander of Task Force Panther, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, receives “panther cologne” from Task Force Shooter pilots Capt. Scott Wohlford of Watertown, NY, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Smith of New Orleans. (Photo by Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dave Ratcliffe, Task Force Shooter, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)

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Aviation crew’s selfless service saves lives

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Jo Brown
Task Force Phoenix

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar 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.

Soldiers in Company C DUSTOFF, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, remove a patient from a UH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopter at Jalalabad Airfield February 3rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Wilson, Company C DUSTOFF)

Soldiers in Company C DUSTOFF, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, remove a patient from a UH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopter at Jalalabad Airfield February 3rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Wilson, Company C DUSTOFF)

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Task Force Shooter Soldiers earn Purple Hearts

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kam Gerohimos
Task Force Shooter

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar 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.

U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Riddle of Greenfield, IN, is awarded the Purple Heart by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East, Dec. 30th at Jalalabad Airfield. Riddle was injured by a fragmentation grenade during the insurgent attack on Forward Operating Base Fenty Nov. 13th.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kam Gerohimos, Task Force Shooter)

U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Riddle of Greenfield, IN, is awarded the Purple Heart by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East, Dec. 30th at Jalalabad Airfield. Riddle was injured by a fragmentation grenade during the insurgent attack on Forward Operating Base Fenty Nov. 13th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kam Gerohimos, Task Force Shooter)

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Aviation life support shop ensures safety

 

Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Amanda Brown
Task Force Falcon, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Parwan 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.

U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip Wiglesworth of Lenexa, KS, shows U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Jett of Warrensburg, MI, how to install the Hearthru modification on a helmet used by flight crews. Both Soldiers are noncommissioned officers working in the aviation life support shop of Company D, 3rd Battalion, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Buck Atkin, Task Force Phoenix)

U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip Wiglesworth of Lenexa, KS, shows U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Jett of Warrensburg, MI, how to install the Hearthru modification on a helmet used by flight crews. Both Soldiers are noncommissioned officers working in the aviation life support shop of Company D, 3rd Battalion, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Buck Atkin, Task Force Phoenix)

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CJTF–101 hosts first Career Counselor of Year Board in Afghanistan

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Willene Orr
Combined Joint Task Force-101, 101st Airborne Division Command Career Counselor

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRegional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram 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.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Calhoun (center left) 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 (center right) of Brooklyn, NY, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, was selected as the RC-East Career Counselor of the Year here Oct. 14th. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Calhoun (center left) 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 (center right) of Brooklyn, NY, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, was selected as the RC-East Career Counselor of the Year here Oct. 14th. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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Combined Action Program transfers authority of 2 academies to Afghan forces

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram 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.

A formation of Afghan soldiers stand next a formation of U.S. Soldiers as they salute show respect for their respective national anthems during a transfer of authority ceremony Oct. 9th at Kabul International Airport. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon)

A formation of Afghan soldiers stand next a formation of U.S. Soldiers as they salute show respect for their respective national anthems during a transfer of authority ceremony Oct. 9th at Kabul International Airport. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon)

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Soldiers participate in recovery, battle damage repair to aircraft

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Shawn Naigle
603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Task Force Workhorse 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram 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.

Camp Blackhorse, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffery Wafer, a Chinook helicopter repair technician with Company B, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, from Edgewood, NM, helps remove the aft pylon from a damaged Chinook helicopter July 26th on Camp Blackhorse. (Photo by U.S. Army Maj. Heather Weigner, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)

Camp Blackhorse, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffery Wafer, a Chinook helicopter repair technician with Company B, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, from Edgewood, NM, helps remove the aft pylon from a damaged Chinook helicopter July 26th on Camp Blackhorse. (Photo by U.S. Army Maj. Heather Weigner, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)

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