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TF Viper mechanics keep helicopters flying

 

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

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Helicopters have become a common sight in Afghan skies, and whether carrying supplies and personnel or providing close air support for ground troops below, they have proven to be an invaluable asset in the war against terrorism.

Keeping those helicopters running and in top mechanical shape is no easy task, but for a few Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Salerno, that mission is their focus, and it is a job they take seriously.

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, MD, assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper works to disassemble a rotor head from an AH-64 Apache helicopter on Forward Operating Base Salerno while U.S. Army Sgt. James Elliot, turbine engine mechanic from Millbrook, AL, assigned to D Co., TF Viper, provides assistance. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, MD, assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper works to disassemble a rotor head from an AH-64 Apache helicopter on Forward Operating Base Salerno while U.S. Army Sgt. James Elliot, turbine engine mechanic from Millbrook, AL, assigned to D Co., TF Viper, provides assistance. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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Coalition forces repel attack at COP Spera, at least 27 insurgents killed

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Norris
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs 
 
187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team repelled an attack on Combat Outpost Spera September 21st resulting in the death of at least 27 insurgents.

Both remotely piloted aircraft and strategically placed surveillance cameras identified the insurgent forces preparing to open fire with a mixture of small arms and rocket propelled grenades.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Shelton, a senior scout with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, provides over watch security on the Spera District Center, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, as a provincial key leader engagement is about to take place inside. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Shelton, a senior scout with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, provides over watch security on the Spera District Center, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, as a provincial key leader engagement is about to take place inside. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Insurgent rocket attack kills 3 children, injures mother

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhowst Province, Afghanistan – It was a morning filled with tragedy, tears and grievance for the local villagers of Dam Abad when an insurgent rocket landed in their village, killing three small children and injuring their mother.

“This morning three insurgent rockets were launched toward Camp Salerno,” said U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Clark, commander of the base defense force, Task Force Red Knight, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from Louisville, KY.  “One of the rockets struck the village near the base, killing two Afghan girls, ages 4 and 5, and injuring a third girl, as well as their mother. The other two rockets were ineffective.”

About 15-minutes after the attack, villagers brought the injured seven-year-old Afghan girl to the Forward Operating Base Salerno main gate, seeking medical assistance for her.

An aerial view of the rocket impact location in village of Dam Abad. Insurgents fired three rockets at Forward Operation Base Salerno Aug. 14, missing the base. One rocket landed in the courtyard of a house, killing three children and wounding their mother. The rocket’s impact crater is near the top of the courtyard, to the right of the tree. The children’s deaths come just three days after the beginning of Afghanistan’s most religious time of year, the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration held in honor of the month in which “Allah” or “God” revealed the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

An aerial view of the rocket impact location in village of Dam Abad. Insurgents fired three rockets at Forward Operation Base Salerno Aug. 14, missing the base. One rocket landed in the courtyard of a house, killing three children and wounding their mother. The rocket’s impact crater is near the top of the courtyard, to the right of the tree. The children’s deaths come just three days after the beginning of Afghanistan’s most religious time of year, the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration held in honor of the month in which “Allah” or “God” revealed the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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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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ANSF, 3-187 combine to defeat insurgents, seize weapons, motorcycles in Yahya Khel

 

Written by U.S. Army Maj. S. Justin Platt, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasansFort Campbell KYPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces, combined with Soldiers from A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment engaged and destroyed a large insurgent force near the village of Yahya Khel, Paktika province July 7th.

The combined force was conducting counter-sniper operations near the village when enemy forces engaged them with rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire, wounding two Soldiers, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3-187 spokesman, from Clarksville, TN.

ANSF and 3-187 returned fire, killing several insurgents and causing the remaining fighters to flee the area on motorcycles, said Peek.

Soldiers from A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry occupy an over-watch position during recent operations near the Yahya Khel district in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffery Alexander)

Soldiers from A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry occupy an over-watch position during recent operations near the Yahya Khel district in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffery Alexander)

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