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Commander delivers special meals to Forward Operating Bases, boosts morale

 

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

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika 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.

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

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ANSF, Red Currahee Reapers overcome terrain challenges, open Gwashta Pass

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika 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.”
   
“Reapers”, the Soldiers from the Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, supported a battalion-sized operation to clear the Gwashta Pass, May 23rd-28th in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers from “Reapers”, the Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, TF Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, clear a cave and secure the area where they will provide indirect fire support during Operation Red Storm. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Soldiers from “Reapers”, the Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, TF Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, clear a cave and secure the area where they will provide indirect fire support during Operation Red Storm. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Task Force Currahee first to test the Precision Guided Munitions 120mm mortar round in Afghanistan

 

Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Todd Christopherson
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika 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.

U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Ketchen, a native from Sarasota, FL, and U.S. Army Spc. Colt Corbin, a native of Beaver Falls, PA, Team, 101st Airborne Division, achieved a first in the U.S. Army history by firing a 120mm Mortar Precision Guided Munition for the first time and hitting within four meters of the target on Forward Operation Base Kushamond March 26th.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Burke, 55th Combat Camera)

U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Ketchen, a native from Sarasota, FL, and U.S. Army Spc. Colt Corbin, a native of Beaver Falls, PA, Team, 101st Airborne Division, achieved a first in the U.S. Army history by firing a 120mm Mortar Precision Guided Munition for the first time and hitting within four meters of the target on Forward Operation Base Kushamond March 26th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Burke, 55th Combat Camera)

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Trauma center named after fallen Currahee medic opens

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika 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.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, commander of Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks at the opening of the Spc. Jordan Byrd Trauma Center at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 1st. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, commander of Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks at the opening of the Spc. Jordan Byrd Trauma Center at Forward Operating Base Sharana March 1st. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Task Force Red Currahee turns up heat in Paktika Province

 

Written by U. S. Army Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionCurraheePaktika 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. 

A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division kneels in an over-watch position on top of a qualot wall during Operation Steel Sky, an air assault mission near the village of Shakhmodkhel Dec. 21st. (Photo by Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office)

A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division kneels in an over-watch position on top of a qualot wall during Operation Steel Sky, an air assault mission near the village of Shakhmodkhel Dec. 21st. (Photo by Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office)

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ABP graduate from Red Currahee Team Leader Course

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office

CurraheeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika 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.

U.S. Army Spc. Edgar Cruz, instructor, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, instructs Afghan Border Police in the proper techniques of basic rifle marksmanship during the Red Currahee Team Leader Course by Co. D, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 101st Airborne Div., on Forward Operation Base Waza Kwah Nov. 23rd. The course was from Nov. 21st to Dec. 13th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Edgar Cruz, instructor, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, instructs Afghan Border Police in the proper techniques of basic rifle marksmanship during the Red Currahee Team Leader Course by Co. D, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 101st Airborne Div., on Forward Operation Base Waza Kwah Nov. 23rd. The course was from Nov. 21st to Dec. 13th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Red Currahee cooks create special treats for Soldier morale

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs 
 
U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron E. Shishido of La Habra, CA, a food service noncommissioned officer from Company E, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, assembles the ingredients for apple turnovers, a special treat for Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Waza Khaw Nov. 24th. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Food service personnel from Company E, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, treat Soldiers to delicious meals and desserts at Forward Operating Base Waza Khaw.

“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»

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Red Currahee mechanics keep Soldiers moving, mission-capable

 

Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs Office

CurraheeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika 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.

U.S. Army Spc. Eric Lindemann, mechanic from Company E, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and native of Flint, MI, uses a cutting torch to remove a fused bolt from a vehicle’s undercarriage on Forward Operating Base Waza Khaw Nov. 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Eric Lindemann, mechanic from Company E, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and native of Flint, MI, uses a cutting torch to remove a fused bolt from a vehicle’s undercarriage on Forward Operating Base Waza Khaw Nov. 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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TF Iron Rakkasan transfers authority to TF Red Currahee

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchGhazni 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.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, and Afghan National Army Commander Zamaray exchange gifts of gratitude for their partnership over the past six months in Paktika Province. On Sept. 10th, 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 Abn. Div. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, and Afghan National Army Commander Zamaray exchange gifts of gratitude for their partnership over the past six months in Paktika Province. On Sept. 10th, 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 Abn. Div. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

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Task Force Iron moves to Ghazni Province

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
3rd Brigade 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika 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.

A U.S. Army Soldier with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, watches over an area in the Waza Kwah District here during dismounted operations. The Iron Rakkasans passed the responsibility for Paktika Province to Task Force Currahee Sept. 9th, and will now be headquartered in Ghazni Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, Combined Joint Task Force-101 Combat Camera)

A U.S. Army Soldier with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, watches over an area in the Waza Kwah District here during dismounted operations. The Iron Rakkasans passed the responsibility for Paktika Province to Task Force Currahee Sept. 9th, and will now be headquartered in Ghazni Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, Combined Joint Task Force-101 Combat Camera)

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