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DOD News Briefing with Col. Luong via Teleconference from Afghanistan

 

United States Department of DefenseJames Turner (deputy director, Pentagon Press Office):  Okay, Colonel Luong, this is Jim Turner in the Pentagon Briefing Room.  Can you hear me?

Colonel Luong:  I can hear you loud and clear, Jim.

Mr Turner:  Good morning here, and good morning in Afghanistan, I’d like to welcome to the Pentagon Briefing Room Colonel Viet Luong. He is commander of Task Force Rakkasan and commander of — and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  As part of Regional Command East, Colonel Luong’s 3,800-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.  In February, the brigade assumed operational responsibility of Khost, Paktika and Paktya provinces.  In August, Task Force Rakkasan relinquished control of Paktika province to Task Force Currahee composed of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  One of Colonel Luong’s battle task forces subsequently joined Task Force White Eagle, the Polish battle group, and is currently conducting operations in Andar and Deh Yak districts in Ghazni province. «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force White Eagle, Task Force Iron Rakkasan eliminate insurgents

 

Written by Artur Weber,
Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs
and U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek,
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a combined operation with Polish Battle Group A in Bashir Village, Andar District, in eastern Ghazni Province to cordon and search an insurgent safehaven December 30th.

Polish and U.S. forces and local Afghan Uniformed Police worked together to find four caches of bomb-making materials, a military chest rack, three AK-47s and two hand grenades. They also detained three insurgents.

Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the Polish Battle Group A pull security from a rooftop during a combined operation in Andar District Dec. 30th. The joint forces combined with local Afghan Uniformed Police officers to seize four caches of bomb-making materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the Polish Battle Group A pull security from a rooftop during a combined operation in Andar District Dec. 30th. The joint forces combined with local Afghan Uniformed Police officers to seize four caches of bomb-making materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

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Task Force Iron Rakkasan conducts officer exchange with Polish Battle Group

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – For the past four months, Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, worked for Task Force White Eagle in eastern Ghazni Province.

In order to improve coordination and share counterinsurgency and combat tactics, techniques and procedures, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Regt. sent four officers to spend five days embedded with Polish Battle Group Alpha.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt Peter Sprenger from Stockton, CA, Platoon Leader for Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, fires the Polish AR-47 as part of the officer exchange with Polish Battle Group Alpha Dec. 10th. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

U.S. Army 2nd Lt Peter Sprenger from Stockton, CA, Platoon Leader for Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, fires the Polish AR-47 as part of the officer exchange with Polish Battle Group Alpha Dec. 10th. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

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TF Iron joins Polish Independence Day celebration

 

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

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan joined their Polish partners in celebrating the Polish Independence Day November 10th. Key leaders from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry and their Afghan counterparts attended the Task Force White Eagle ceremony and later sat down for a traditional Polish meal.

Polish Brigade Commanding General Brig. Gen. Andrezej Reudowicz began with a speech to everyone gathered for the occasion at Forward Operating Base Ghazni. He expressed the importance of the Polish Independence Day and the freedoms the Polish people enjoy because of it. Reudowicz also commented that the Polish Army is honored to fight in Afghanistan and help the Afghan people achieve the same freedoms.

Brig. Gen. Andrezej Reudowica, Polish Brigade commander, shakes hands with Ghazni 3rd Brigade Afghan National Army Commander Col. Daoud Shah Wafadar at the Polish Independence Day ceremony Nov. 10th. Afghan partners attended the ceremony as a sign of respect for their Polish partners working to help the Afghan people attain their independence as well. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derek Dosedel, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

Brig. Gen. Andrezej Reudowica, Polish Brigade commander, shakes hands with Ghazni 3rd Brigade Afghan National Army Commander Col. Daoud Shah Wafadar at the Polish Independence Day ceremony Nov. 10th. Afghan partners attended the ceremony as a sign of respect for their Polish partners working to help the Afghan people attain their independence as well. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derek Dosedel, Task Force Iron Rakkasan)

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ISAF doctors save Afghan girl

 

Written by Artur Weber
Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Ghazni Province, Afghanistan – Polish and American doctors from Task Force White Eagle saved the life of an 8-year-old Afghan girl who was accidentally wounded in a firefight between Taliban and Afghan security guards in a southern district November 2nd.

The injured girl was brought by her brother to Forward Operating Base Warrior in the southern part of Ghazni Province just before 6:00pm. According to the girl’s brother, she was accidentally injured when insurgents attacked a civilian convoy.

Doctors from Forward Operating Base Warrior prepare an 8-year-old Afghan girl for transportation to FOB Ghazni's field hospital for surgery. The girl was accidentally wounded by shooting between Taliban and Afghan security guards Nov. 2nd. (Courtesy photo)

Doctors from Forward Operating Base Warrior prepare an 8-year-old Afghan girl for transportation to FOB Ghazni's field hospital for surgery. The girl was accidentally wounded by shooting between Taliban and Afghan security guards Nov. 2nd. (Courtesy photo)

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Task Force Iron Soldiers relocate to Ghazni Province; kill insurgents, recover weapons

 

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 – For the past several months, Task Force Iron Soldiers have worked tirelessly throughout Paktika Province, conducting numerous combat patrols, clearing miles of roadway and building relationships with local village leaders and elders to pave the way ahead.

Recently the Soldiers moved their new area of responsibility in the Andar District of Ghazni Province to join Task Force White Eagle. Although the battalion does not assume official responsibility of the area until mid-September, several platoons are already patrolling the district to prepare for the battalion’s arrival.

It didn’t take the Iron Rakkasans long to make their presence known.

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, patrol to clear a village in West Paktika Province, Afghanistan.  The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently relocated to East Ghazni province to join Task Force White Eagle.  In the first few weeks in their new area of operations, TF Iron has killed numerous insurgents and captures caches of weapons and explosive. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, patrol to clear a village in West Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The Rakkasan Soldiers are part of Task Force Iron who recently relocated to East Ghazni province to join Task Force White Eagle. In the first few weeks in their new area of operations, TF Iron has killed numerous insurgents and captures caches of weapons and explosive. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Lorenzo Ware, 982nd Combat Camera Co.)

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IED attacks not going well for Taliban fighters

 

Written by Bagram Media Center

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Ghazni, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force Soldiers from Task Force White Eagle and Brawler killed five Taliban improvised explosive device emplacers September 2nd during combat operations in the Andar District of Ghazni Province.

An ISAF air weapons team observed the five Taliban fighters emplacing an IED, made a positive identification and engaged them, killing all five.

The site was investigated and the Taliban bodies were turned over to Afghan National Police while the IED, the command wire, and several rocket-propelled grenades were destroyed in place to prevent their further use against the Afghan civilian population and ANSF and ISAF members. «Read the rest of this article»

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