Topic: Task Force Rakkasan
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Fort Campbell, KY – With the summer months quickly approaching, Soldiers ready themselves and their equipment to enjoy their time off with their family, friends and loved ones.
More than 60 Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take part in a motorcycle safety course to get reacquainted with riding after returning home from their deployment.
Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A short profile of 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.
The army performs best when soldiers, leaders, commanders and family come together as a cohesive group. Within the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, units strive to become more than just a unit.
Written by 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Capt. Joshua Powers, commander of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was awarded the 2010 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for recognition of his leadership abilities both at home station and while deployed to Afghanistan, March 1st.
Powers, a 2004 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, was one of 14 active duty officers selected for the 2010 calendar year award in the Army-wide competition. «Read the rest of this article»
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the Third Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Rakkasans, honored distinguished members of the 187th Infantry Regiment in a recognition ceremony at Fort Campbell on February 23rd.
The ceremony coincided with the 68th anniversary of the regiment’s activation as part of the 11th Airborne Division, a glider infantry unit who participated in combat campaigns in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben K. Navratil
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rakkasan handed over command of Khowst and Paktya Provinces to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province January 30st.
The Rakkasans also ceremoniously cased their colors in preparation of their trip back to their home base in Fort Campbell, KY, while the 3rd BCT, 1st Inf. Div. of TF Duke from Fort Knox, KY, uncased their own.
James Turner (deputy director, Pentagon Press Office): Okay, Colonel Luong, this is Jim Turner in the Pentagon Briefing Room. Can you hear me?
Colonel Luong: I can hear you loud and clear, Jim.
Mr Turner: Good morning here, and good morning in Afghanistan, I’d like to welcome to the Pentagon Briefing Room Colonel Viet Luong. He is commander of Task Force Rakkasan and commander of — and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. As part of Regional Command East, Colonel Luong’s 3,800-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year. In February, the brigade assumed operational responsibility of Khost, Paktika and Paktya provinces. In August, Task Force Rakkasan relinquished control of Paktika province to Task Force Currahee composed of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of Colonel Luong’s battle task forces subsequently joined Task Force White Eagle, the Polish battle group, and is currently conducting operations in Andar and Deh Yak districts in Ghazni province. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey
After patrolling through Zambar, the soldiers board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers and noncommissioned officers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team took part in an annual NCO and Soldier of the Year competition January 4th-5th at Forward Operating Base Andar.
“This is really a great honor,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Britt Cantrell from Walker, LA, with Company A, 3rd Bn. 187th Inf. “I was proud to represent A Company in this competition, and now I have the opportunity to represent the Battalion. I’m grateful to all of the NCOs and officers who motivated me throughout my career.”
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers form Task Force Iron Rakkasan and members of the Afghan Uniformed police, using the Precision Threat Detection System blimp at Forward Operating Base Andar, identified a group of insurgents with weapons and explosives January 3rd.
Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, first identified four insurgents acting in a suspicious manner at a road intersection.
As the insurgents began to move, TF Iron Rakkasan took quick actions to prevent the insurgents from emplacing an improvised explosive device and escaping. A combination of hellfire missiles and 30 mm machine gun fire killed one insurgent and drove the second one to seek refuge in a nearby qalat. «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell, KY – It started with an announcement moments after arriving at the airfield, “Flight 92012 is one hour out.”
The friends and family members of the soldiers scheduled to arrive home from Afghanistan began to cheer wildly. Their excited murmurs filling the air.
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