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Soldiers, villagers work together to improve Bati Kot

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada
Task Force Bastogne

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – It seemed like a social meeting with old friends. Gathered in the Bati Kot subgovernor’s office January 15th, Soldiers and elders from the surrounding villages exchanged laughter and stories of their wives and children.

“I have two wives and thirteen children,” said a white-haired elder known as Malik Mouhammad. “Allah has blessed us with many children and good wives, but we need to be able to provide jobs to take care of them.”

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ruben A. Picon, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, from Lubbock, Texas, enjoys a friendly exchange at the Bati Kot subgovernor’s office Jan. 15th, during a meeting with village elders to discuss projects in and around the Bati Kot District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ruben A. Picon, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, from Lubbock, Texas, enjoys a friendly exchange at the Bati Kot subgovernor’s office Jan. 15th, during a meeting with village elders to discuss projects in and around the Bati Kot District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ginifer Spada, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Eastern Afghanistan courts open trials to public

 

Written by Story by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Jalalabad City Primary Court held a public trial October 19th, a rarity within Regional Command – East.

The court tried and prosecuted Zarif Ullah for a July 24th kidnapping. The intended victim was a money exchanger. When Ullah and his two partners ambushed him, the exchanger ran away, but they abducted his son. The final verdict was 13 years imprisonment.

“It was a fair verdict on behalf of the courthouse against him,” said Salih Rahman Keniwal, legal advisor with the Task Force Bastogne judge advocate. “In the past, we had some problems with judges not making fair decisions. But this time, in my own opinion, it was a fair judgment and punishment for him.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Platoon provides support throughout Behsood District

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Smith
Support Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Spartan

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Support Platoon of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, conducts daily missions in the Behsood District of eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.

One of their primary roles is the training of the Afghan National Police along with the continued efforts to partner, advise and assist in developing the government of Afghanistan through projects and daily interaction.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian Rowan, a member of Support Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Spartan, and native of Langhorne, PA, shares a laugh with the District Development Assembly Chief Malik Niamat in the Behsood District here Oct. 4th. Rowan talked with Niamat about what projects will be discussed at the next DDA meeting. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Smith, Task Force Spartan)

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian Rowan, a member of Support Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Spartan, and native of Langhorne, PA, shares a laugh with the District Development Assembly Chief Malik Niamat in the Behsood District here Oct. 4th. Rowan talked with Niamat about what projects will be discussed at the next DDA meeting. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Smith, Task Force Spartan)

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TF Spartan perseveres despite challenges

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Task Force Spartan journeyed to Afghan Border Police outpost Salala with blast wall barriers, pick axes and shovels September 27th to help the ABP fortify their position.

The short 20-kilometer distance took approximately two hours due to lack of roads and unforgiving rocky terrain. Seatbelts were the only thing preventing Soldiers from bouncing off vehicle roofs and each other as they bounced along the landscape.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the back of an ABP vehicle Sept. 27th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the back of an ABP vehicle Sept. 27th. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Ground Soldiers learn to fly

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – It can spot the enemy and record their activity from more than 500 feet away with video or photography.

Soldiers from Task Force Spartan participated in an 80-hour class that certified them as operators of two umanned aircraft systems – the Raven and Puma – October 2nd.

The small UASs give military personnel increased capability for force protection, battle damage assessment and convoy security.

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of an unmanned aircraft system at Combat Outpost Garcia here Oct. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of an unmanned aircraft system at Combat Outpost Garcia here Oct. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Spartan Soldiers inspect carpet factory

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Spartan provides security during a quality assessment and quality control inspection of a carpet factory in Chek Nawar Village of La Por District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province September 23rd.

The unit also  inspected a water pump at a newly built carpet factory. The inspection ensured that 90 percent of the project was completed before the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team paid the contractor.

U.S. Army Capt. Klayton D. Barrows, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a platoon leader with 2nd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, inspects a water pump at a newly built carpet factory in Chek Nawar Village of the La Por District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Capt. Klayton D. Barrows, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a platoon leader with 2nd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, inspects a water pump at a newly built carpet factory in Chek Nawar Village of the La Por District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Soldiers visit Goshta residents

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Spartan, provides security while Soldiers from their unit prepare to board their vehicles, September 26th, to visit residents in Goshta District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. The unit visited a school to donate school supplies and recreational items.

The unit also compensated a local farmer for damage to his crops by a military all-terrain vehicle earlier in the month.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dan J. Konopa, of Kokomo, Ind., a platoon leader with 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, talks with a local farmer in the Goshta District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 26th. Konopa’s platoon gave the farmer a large bag of rice as compensation for his crops that were partially damaged by a military all-terrain vehicle earlier in the month. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dan J. Konopa, of Kokomo, Ind., a platoon leader with 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, talks with a local farmer in the Goshta District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province Sept. 26th. Konopa’s platoon gave the farmer a large bag of rice as compensation for his crops that were partially damaged by a military all-terrain vehicle earlier in the month. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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A Soldier’s promise fulfilled

 

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – With tears forming in her eyes and voice shaking, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Olcott stood before a crowd of homeless Afghan children August 14th, prepared to fulfill a seven-month endeavor.

Before deploying to Afghanistan, Olcott, from Daytona Beach, FL, a flight mission planner with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Lighthorse, made a commitment to her children.

“I made my children a promise,” said Olcott. “I made it before I went to Iraq as well, that I would do something for the children in that country. I didn’t know how but I was determined to do it.”

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Olcott, poses with children after she donated two boxes of school supplies to them Aug. 14th. The children were living in an internally displaced persons camp in the Beshood District of eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Olcott received donations from the Matthew Freeman Foundation, the Adopt-A-Soldier program and her own nonprofit foundation, Operation New Start. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Olcott, poses with children after she donated two boxes of school supplies to them Aug. 14th. The children were living in an internally displaced persons camp in the Beshood District of eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Olcott received donations from the Matthew Freeman Foundation, the Adopt-A-Soldier program and her own nonprofit foundation, Operation New Start. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Afghan engineers reopen Behsood bridge

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The Behsood Bridge in downtown Jalalabad reopened for traffic only three weeks after insurgents attempted to destroy it and injure coalition forces August 18th.

The bridge’s repair, an Afghan-driven initiative, is a great example of how the Afghan government is leading matters concerning its own development, such as city infrastructure.

“The bridge repair was funded and contracted entirely by the Afghan government,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. John P. LeGloahec of Spokane, WA, a deputy civil engineer with the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team. “Immediately after the incident [that damaged the bridge], Governor Sherzai funded $30,000 for the repair of the bridge.”

Afghan workers remove damaged concrete from Jalalabad’s Behsood Bridge in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province July 26th. The repair was fully funded by the Afghan government and completed by Afghan workers. The bridge is a primary route for residents traveling to and from southern and northern Jalalabad. (Photo by Abdullah Khalil, Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team local national engineer)

Afghan workers remove damaged concrete from Jalalabad’s Behsood Bridge in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province July 26th. The repair was fully funded by the Afghan government and completed by Afghan workers. The bridge is a primary route for residents traveling to and from southern and northern Jalalabad. (Photo by Abdullah Khalil, Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team local national engineer)

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Troops build goodwill with Afghans by steps

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – It does not take long for the kids to show up.

When Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces set foot in a community in eastern Afghanistan, they become objects of fascination to question, shake hands with and watch.

“They’ll ask us why we’re here,” said U.S. Army Spc. Cory B. Petrosky of Grapevine, Texas, a radio operator with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog. “They’ll talk about their daily lives … They like to let us know what they’re doing. They’ll show us their school books.”

Many of the youths ask for the pens U.S. Soldiers keep in their uniform sleeves while others want to say hello and show off their English skills. Troops can quickly find themselves surrounded by a crowd of smiling children.

Kunar Province, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Gary W. Faust of Bowling Green, Ky., a medic with 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, practices his fist bump with children of Andersil village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province July 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Kunar Province, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Gary W. Faust of Bowling Green, Ky., a medic with 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, practices his fist bump with children of Andersil village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province July 20th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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