Red Bulls patrol area around COP Najil

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)

64th MPs: Brothers, sisters in arms

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)

Iowa town showers small Afghan school with supplies

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)

TF Knighthawk Soldier prepares for recording contract during deployment

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)

Guard team partners with Afghan security forces

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)

French forces support Afghan troops in Kapisa

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)

Panjshir PRT engineers inspect Paryan road

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)

TF White Eagle saves lives of mother, infant

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)

1st Bn., 187th Inf. Regt., patrols Sabari District

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)

Freedom Restoration Center helps troops get back to duty

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)

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LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), a Gainesville, Fla., native, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, a native of Sierra Vista, Ariz., both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12. “Of all the donkeys we have seen in theater, these here at Charkh are in the best overall condition,” said Broome. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Due to Charkh’s harsh terrain, Soldiers sometimes use donkeys to take much-needed supplies to troops in remote areas.

To keep these essential means of transportation ready, Soldiers assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services performed initial check-ups and gave vaccinations to each animal on Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12.

“We are here to support the fighting warriors by ensuring they have healthy pack animals,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, the operations noncommissioned officer in charge of the veterinarian services detachment.

Due to limited resources at combat outposts, the overall health of donkeys often degrades.

“We expected the animals to be in bad shape, but the Soldiers here have done a fine job of keeping these animals healthy with the resources available,” said Vizcaino, a Sierra Vista, Ariz., native.

To keep the donkeys healthy and mission capable, U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome, the officer in charge of the veterinarian services clinic on Bagram Airfield, said he is working to get them on a regular preventive health care plan. The veterinarian services Soldiers travel to each location in Regional Command East to evaluate and treat pack animals.

“Of all the donkeys we have seen in theater, these here at Charkh are in the best overall condition,” said Broome, a Gainesville, Fla., native.

The infantrymen at COP Charkh are constantly on the move and rely on efficient means to replenish their Soldiers forward.

“Keeping the donkeys healthy will allow us to keep logistical operations going to our observation post and will help on patrols,” said U.S. Army Capt. Bryan J. Harrelson, the executive officer of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Lovelady, Texas.LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome, the officer in charge of the veterinarian services clinic at Bagram Airfield and a Gainesville, Fla., native, checks the oral health of a donkey at Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, the operations noncommissioned officer in charge of 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, vaccinates a donkey for rabies at Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12. “We expected the animals to be in bad shape, but the Soldiers here have done a fine job of keeping these animals healthy with the resources available,” said the Sierra Vista, Ariz., native. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome, the officer in charge of the veterinarian services clinic at Bagram Airfield and a Gainesville, Fla., native, evaluates a donkey at Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, the operations noncommissioned officer in charge of 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services from Sierra Vista, Ariz., removes a shoe from a donkey at Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome, Gainesville Fla., native and officer in charge of the veterinarian services clinic at Bagram Airfield, checks donkey feed at Combat Outpost Charkh Dec. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)

 

    

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Afghan forces, TF Bastogne continue operations in Sherzad District
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NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, continued operations in the Sherzad District Jan. 8 clearing the village of Toto of insurgent fighters to reinforce a foundation of security in the area.

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TF Iron eliminates insurgent IED team
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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers form Task Force Iron Rakkasan and members of the Afghan Uniformed police, using the Precision Threat Detection System blimp at Forward Operating Base Andar, identified a group of insurgents with weapons and explosives Jan. 3.

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TF Iron Rakkasan uses PTDS to prevent highway robbery
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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Recently, Soldiers from Task Force Iron Rakkasan watched a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police conduct an illegal checkpoint on the route between Ghazni and Sharana. Using the camera system on the Persistent Threat Detection System, Soldiers observed a man standing in the road collecting money from vehicles. The practice is common by insurgents who fund their attacks by taking money from locals.

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Joint operation helps clear Sherzad of insurgent activity
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NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from Task Force Bastogne began operations in the Sherzad District Dec. 23.

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