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Task Force Red Knight Soldiers join fight against cancer

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhowst Province, Afghanistan – One team, one fight.  It’s a phrase commonly heard throughout the ranks of Soldiers across the Army.  The phrase “one team, one fight” recently took on new meaning for a group of Soldiers in Task Force Red Knight.

The Soldiers are members of 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment who found out that two of their Soldiers’ family members have been diagnosed with cancer.

To make matters even worse, both family members are children.

One of those children is 3-year-old Ryan Downey. She is the daughter of Spc. William Downey, a cannoneer assigned to Battery A, 3rd Bn., 320th FA Reg. Ryan has been diagnosed with leukemia.

U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smith, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, uses a pair of clippers to shave the head of U.S. Army Capt. James Wade, a native of St. Petersburg, FL, and civil affairs officer, 3rd Bn., 320th FA Reg., at Forward Operating Base Salerno here Sept. 4th.  The Soldiers have also raised money for the families to help ease their financial burden. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smith, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, uses a pair of clippers to shave the head of U.S. Army Capt. James Wade, a native of St. Petersburg, FL, and civil affairs officer, 3rd Bn., 320th FA Reg., at Forward Operating Base Salerno here Sept. 4th. The Soldiers have also raised money for the families to help ease their financial burden. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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Task Force Red Knight captures 3, locates weapons cache

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The combination of weapons, ammunition, improvised explosive devices and enemy insurgents spell danger for any coalition forces facing them.

Fortunately, a highly-skilled group of Soldiers here make it their mission to locate, capture or destroy insurgents and their weapons before they can be used against friendly forces.

The Soldiers are from Task Force Red Knight’s Focused Targeting Force, a specialized team including members of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, as well as a group of Afghan National Army Soldiers, a team of Explosive Ordinance Device personnel, U.S. law enforcement personnel, a Counter IED team and a Human Intelligence Team.

In all, the FTF is comprised of more than 60 specialized personnel.  Together they have conducted more than 40 successful missions, capturing 15 joint priority targets as well as weapons, ammunition and IED parts.

U.S. Army Soldiers with the Focused Tactical Force, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, run towards a CH-47 helicopter following an air-assault operation in Bak, Khost Province, Afghanistan July 7th.  (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

U.S. Army Soldiers with the Focused Tactical Force, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, run towards a CH-47 helicopter following an air-assault operation in Bak, Khost Province, Afghanistan July 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

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Historic peace shura held at Musa Kheyl outpost

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhowst Province, Afghanistan – August 15th was an historic day, and what many see as a step in the right direction, when about 50 local elders and village leaders met with Afghan government officials at the remote Musa Kheyl Combat Outpost here for a peace shura.

The meeting was the first time members of the new Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had come to the remote area, mainly due to security concerns.

The shura was made possible largely due to area tribes unifying and taking a stand against insurgents.

“The people were begging for the governor to come out and meet with them,” said U.S. Army Capt. Kyle Trottier, native of Los Alamos, NM, and assistant operations officer, 3rd Battalion, 320th Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “They have made a strong case that they are here, they are united and they want government assistance.”

A local village elder (left) addresses the governor of Khowst Province, with his concerns and the needs of his village during a recent peace shura at Musa Kheyl Combat Outpost here Aug. 15th. Nearly 50 local tribal leaders and elders attended the historical meeting.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

A local village elder (left) addresses the governor of Khowst Province, with his concerns and the needs of his village during a recent peace shura at Musa Kheyl Combat Outpost here Aug. 15th. Nearly 50 local tribal leaders and elders attended the historical meeting. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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Combined forces rescue nearly 100 from flood

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhost Province, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan forces struggled against the elements to rescue almost 100 Afghans trapped in the flooded river beds of Khost Province August 4th.

Rising waters, the result from a week’s worth of unseasonal rain in the province, left Afghan travelers stranded amongst the dry river beds frequently used for travel in the area.

With dozens of people trapped, combined forces sprung into action, loading onto UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and flying into the difficult terrain.

While the helicopters hovered roughly three to four feet over the muddy ground, U.S. Soldiers snap-linked and fast-roped out to recover people before they drowned.

Afghan man looking out of helicopter (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Wright, Task force Red Knight)

A local resident looks outside a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after being rescued from flood waters after multiple days of heavy rain. The man was among a group of 95 residents rescued by combined forces from Task Force Rakkasan and Afghan National Security Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Wright, Task force Red Knight)

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Maintenance platoon keeps wheels turning on battlefield

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhost Province, Afghanistan – When most people think of Soldiers they think men with guns rushing headlong into danger, while rarely giving thought to those behind the scenes who keep the weapons firing and the vehicles rolling.
 
One group of Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Salerno work hard behind the scenes each day to ensure that their counterparts on the front lines not only have the equipment they need, but that it is ready to keep them in the fight.

The Soldiers are from Task Force Red Knight’s maintenance platoon, Company G, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

U.S. Army Spc. Luis A. Pagan (left), from Hoboken, NJ, wheeled vehicle mechanic, maintenance platoon, Company G, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, and U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip T. Brown, from Pensacola, FL, a wheeled vehicle mechanic and shop foreman for the maintenance platoon, Co. G, 626th BSB, 3rd Bde., 101st Airborne Div., work together to remove parts from a humvee engine in the unit’s maintenance shop. (Photo by Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Spc. Luis A. Pagan (left), from Hoboken, NJ, wheeled vehicle mechanic, maintenance platoon, Company G, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, and U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip T. Brown, from Pensacola, FL, a wheeled vehicle mechanic and shop foreman for the maintenance platoon, Co. G, 626th BSB, 3rd Bde., 101st Airborne Div., work together to remove parts from a humvee engine in the unit’s maintenance shop. (Photo by Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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