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Combined Mission has International Accent

 

Written by Spc. Jennifer Andersson
Task Force Thunder Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force, composed of countries worldwide, was established to secure Afghanistan.

June 28th marked the first day of a series of missions that enabled pilots from Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States to embrace the ISAF dream as they combined forces to destroy insurgent repeater towers in southern Afghanistan.

Pilots from Australian, United Arab Emirates and U.S. army aviation task forces pose for a group photo before a combined mission June 30th to destroy insurgent repeater towers in southern Afghanistan. This was the first time the three nations' aviators had worked together in an effort in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Spc. Mario Smith)

Pilots from Australian, United Arab Emirates and U.S. army aviation task forces pose for a group photo before a combined mission June 30th to destroy insurgent repeater towers in southern Afghanistan. This was the first time the three nations' aviators had worked together in an effort in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Spc. Mario Smith)

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Well-conducted FARPs require orchestration

 

Written by Spc. Jennifer Andersson
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – After the cool morning had yielded to the heat of the day, a group of soldiers dressed in oppressive full battle rattle waited the “10 more minutes until the bird is ready.”

This was at least the third time they’d received the 10-minute warning.

“The mission will be over by the time we get there,” one soldier joked.

“No, they need us,” was the answer.

Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, discuss a plan of action to unload materiels necessary for moving the fuel blivets in the foreground during a forward arming and refueling point mission in southern Afghanistan, April 13th. (Photo by: Spc. Jennifer Andersson)

Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, discuss a plan of action to unload materiels necessary for moving the fuel blivets in the foreground during a forward arming and refueling point mission in southern Afghanistan, April 13th. (Photo by: Spc. Jennifer Andersson)

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Airframe shop: Working hard to help bring troops home

 

Written by Shanika Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Every airframe shop in the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Thunder, has one very important mission, and that’s putting aircraft back in the fight quickly.

“We conduct minor maintenance on the aircraft daily, since we have quite a few OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and AH-64 Apache helicopters in our battalion,” said Spc. Chris Moore, a structural aviation repairer with Troop D, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Palehorse.

Structural aviation repairers are responsible for maintaining all of the aircraft parts that are composed of sheet metal, fiberglass or Plexiglas. These materials make the structural part of maintenance more challenging than many of the other components. «Read the rest of this article»

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Female aviators defy reported odds

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – When Chief Warrant Officer 4 Trudy Truax arrived at her first unit as an OH-58A pilot in 1996, her commander refused her orders.

“I’ve had my own battalion commanders not speak to me,” Truax said.

Truax was one of the first females to join the community of Cobra, Apache and Kiowa pilots after then-President Bill Clinton lifted the restrictions that kept women from flying the traditionally combat-focused rotary-wing birds. She was one of only six women in her class – three from West Point and three warrant officers. Today, she’s the only one of the six still serving in the Army, and she serves as the standardization instructor pilot for Company C (Dustoff), 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, which is currently deployed to Afghanistan with Task Force Thunder, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade.

From left to right: Capt. Carmel Cammack, Capt. Donna J. Buono, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anne Wiley, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough, all leaders within Task Force Palehorse, join for a group shot in outside the task force's operation center at Kandahar Air Field. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

From left to right: Capt. Carmel Cammack, Capt. Donna J. Buono, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anne Wiley, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough, all leaders within Task Force Palehorse, join for a group shot in outside the task force's operation center at Kandahar Air Field. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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Task Force Thunder provides logistics link between Americans, Afghans

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Pathfinders from Troop E, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Task Force Palehorse), along with air crews from Task Force Lift’s Black Widows, provided the critical link between humanitarians in the U.S. and Afghans in need March 18th, when they joined forces with the Afghan National Police to distribute supplies to the people of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province.

This wasn’t the first time coalition forces have tried to help the farming community, but it is the first time they actually made it into the village.

Sgt. Thomas Bohall, a Pathfinder with Task Force Palehorse, helps Afghan National Police load humanitarian relief items onto a truck in the village of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province, March 18th. The ANP officers distributed the items to the people in the village who are facing a difficult year due to poor crops. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

Sgt. Thomas Bohall, a Pathfinder with Task Force Palehorse, helps Afghan National Police load humanitarian relief items onto a truck in the village of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province, March 18th. The ANP officers distributed the items to the people in the village who are facing a difficult year due to poor crops. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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563rd Aviation Support Battalion soldier awarded Air Medal and Purple Heart

 

Task Force ThunderFort Campbell, KY – The 563rd Aviation Support Battalion. 159th Combat Aviation Brigade of the 101st Airborne division gathered together on Fort Campbell yesterday to recognize one of their own.

Specialist Leandro Garcia was presented with an Air Medal for Exceptionally Meritorious Service in Aerial Flight in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 9-11, as well as a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained when his helicopter was shot down while flying a mission in support of Observation Post (OP) Restrepo in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.

The awards were presented to Specialist Garcia by  Major General Francis “Frank” Wiercinski the Senior Commander for Fort Campbell, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Colonel Kenneth T. Royar,  and 563rd Aviation Support Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel John L. Smith.

159th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Colonel Kenneth T. Royar,  563rd Aviation Support Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel John L. Smith, Specialist Leandro David Garcia III, and Major General Francis “Frank” Wiercinski the Senior Commander for Fort Campbell.

159th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Colonel Kenneth T. Royar, 563rd Aviation Support Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel John L. Smith, Specialist Leandro David Garcia III, and Major General Francis “Frank” Wiercinski the Senior Commander for Fort Campbell.

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