Topic: Task Force Red Currahee
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs and U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company B, “Baker Company”, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division recently received a pleasant surprise. They were treated to an impromptu lunch, July 18th, at Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
The special lunch consisted of grilled steak, mashed potatoes, fresh salad and fruits. The meal finished with cookies, cakes, pies and ice cream,– considered a treat at the remote outpost.
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – After months of delays due to bad weather and restructuring of mission priorities, the call finally came down, “The Gwashta Pass mission is a go.”
Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Todd Christopherson
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Kushamond achieved a first in Army history March 26th by firing a 120 mm Precision Guided Mortar Munitions round for the first time in Afghanistan.
Mortarmen from Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fired the round which hit within four meters of its target.
Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – A new trauma center named after a fallen Task Force Currahee medic who sacrificed his life to save another Soldier officially opened at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 1st.
The Spc. Jordan Byrd Trauma Center is named in honor of a Task Force Red Currahee medic from Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, who died in YahYa Khel District October 13th.
Written by U. S. Army Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Task Force Red Currahee completed their third air assault this week throughout the village of Shakhmodkhel December 22nd in an attempt to disrupt and deny enemy combatants the ability to develop safe havens during Operation Steel Sky.
Before the sunrise, nearly 200 Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division waited in the cold for the helicopters to transport them. They were prepared to react to intelligence reports of enemy activity in the area, though it is typical of anti-coalition militants to retreat to safe havens during the winter months.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – Eighteen Afghan Border Policemen graduated from the Task Force Red Currahee Team Leader Course taught by U.S. Army Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in a ceremony December 13th on Forward Operating Base Waza Kwah in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika Province.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
“It was a big eye-opener to see the response to our food,” said U.S. Army Spc. Carlos D. Love of Fayetteville, NC, a Task Force Red Currahee food service specialist from Co. E. “When I bring out a fresh homemade dessert, like my cheesecake, the Soldiers will form a line to be able to get some.” «Read the rest of this article»
Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army mechanics with Task Force Red Currahee repair and maintain U.S. Army vehicles to help keep the infantrymen and logistics moving at Forward Operating Base Waza.
The mechanics from Company E, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recognize the importance of ensuring that the fleet vehicles are available and functioning.
“Without working vehicles, infantrymen would have to walk all patrols, which would be dangerous and could put them at a big risk,” said U.S. Army Pvt. Dustin Buckner, a Red Currahee mechanic native of Severville, Tennessee.
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade from the 101st Division September 10th.
The Iron Rakkasans did not return home; instead they moved west to Ghazni Province.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – As the U.S. troop surge begins to swell throughout Afghanistan, several units find themselves in transition.
Among those is Task Force Iron’s 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, whose Soldiers have conducted operations in and throughout Paktika Province for the past several months.
Recently, they turned over responsibility of the province and took on a new challenge themselves.
The Iron Rakkasans passed the responsibility for Paktika to the incoming Soldiers of 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, also known as Task Force Currahee, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. R. J. Peek, information operations officer, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Reg., from Clarksville, Tennessee.
Task Force Iron is moving from Paktika to Ghazni Province.
One of the first challenges facing the Rakkasans was simply getting all their troops and equipment across nearly 30-miles of treacherous Afghan roads to reach their new home.
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