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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, speaks to Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, visited Soldiers in the Pech River Valley March 31 to show his appreciation and support for their efforts in rooting out the insurgency in the region over the past 11 months.

Speaking to Soldiers at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, Petraeus praised the battalion’s leadership and honored the Task Force Bulldog troops for their relentless determination in fighting in an area that has seen some of the most kinetic activity since the Afghan war began.


“This is simply the best mountain fighting brigade in the United States Army,” Petraeus said of the 1st Bn., 327th Inf., Task Force Bulldog. “There is simply no other unit I would rather have fighting here.”

The Pech River Valley, TF Bulldog’s area of operations, lies near the border of Pakistan in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.  It is an area where U.S. and NATO forces are engaged in intense fighting, trying to prevent insurgents from slipping in from neighboring Pakistan.

Since mid-February, TF Bulldog has focused on realigning units from the Pech River Valley to more densely populated and strategically important areas in Kunar Province and neighboring provinces.  

By early March, they’d completed a transition of Forward Operating Base Blessing to the Afghan National Army’s control, the largest base transferred in Afghanistan to date.  

Earlier this week, TF Bulldog closed Combat Outpost Michigan and simultaneously executed Operation Bulldog Blitz, another in a line of many offensive operations undertaken by the task force.  

U.S. forces departed both bases without expected enemy resistance.

“I attribute that to our extensive planning, knowledge of the terrain and people; and, most importantly, to our precise execution on the ground,” said U.S. Army Capt. Robert Reynolds of Huntsville, Ala., Task Force Bulldog assistant operations officer. “The enemy could not affect us, although we know he wanted to.”       

Petraeus said he was impressed with recent operations and with the battalion’s progress in protecting the Afghan people and advising Afghan National Security Forces and government officials, despite the violent nature of the region. He admitted that he’d been following the Bulldog battalion very closely since the realignment of forces began.

During his visit, Petraeus took time to award one Bronze Star Medal with Valor, three Army Commendation Medals with Valor, and four Purple Hearts to members of the battalion.

Although he did not cite specific figures, the unit’s success has come at a cost.  Since deploying last April, the battalion has had 15 Soldiers killed in action and have had 143 wounded in action. TF Bulldog will return home to Fort Campbell this spring.

“I’m proud of the effort each and every one of you have put into this fight. You should all be proud as well,” said Petraeus.

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, Tenn., Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, awards the Bronze Star Medal with Valor to U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Brown of Alva, Okla. Brown serves with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward
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PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.

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