Red Bulls patrol IED hotbed

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Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Thursday, 06 January 2011 13:06

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Soldier from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment walks around a graveyard while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs) LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment commander from Dysart, Iowa, scans the area while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, pauses after digging loose some broken command wire the unit located in a riverbed while on patrol near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it was not found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, watches as a UH-57 Kiowa helicopter provides cover in the area of Sigin Village Jan. 1. Cain was monitoring the area near a command wire the unit found while on patrol. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it wasn’t found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam A. Wontrop (left), a member of the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team from Clarksville, Tenn., tries to uncover some of a command wire located by Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, near a bridge across from the town of Sigin Jan. 1. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the EOD team to locate an IED, but the team was unable to find it. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - TNT explodes near a bridge across from the town of Sigin Jan. 1. A command wire was located near the bridge while Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment patrolled the area. The company called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team, who blasted the area with TNT, but could not locate an improvised explosive device. Co. A had been hit by IEDs in the area in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Army soldier with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, stands watch on a mountainside near the town of Sigin Jan. 1. A command wire was located near the bridge while U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, patrolled the area. The company called the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team, who blasted the area with TNT, but could not locate an improvised explosive device. Company A had been hit by IEDs in the area in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army soldiers with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, and Soldiers from U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment watch activity on the side of a mountain near the town of Sigin Jan. 1. The soldiers saw two individuals moving up the mountain toward an area they had received contact from in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)