PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team repelled an attack on Combat Outpost Spera Sept. 21 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.
Using information gained from these sensors, Soldiers from Task Force War returned fire to suppress the enemy forces.
An Attack Weapons Team from Task Force Viper, 1st Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, arrived on scene, killing the insurgents, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Steve Thomas, platoon leader for 1-33’s 3rd Platoon, A Troop.
The technology employed by the Soldiers at COP Spera was key to repelling the attack, said Thomas, a native of Simsbury, Conn.
“The increased ability to spot enemy insurgent activity via the (cameras) and the [remotely piloted aircraft] was integral to the successful defence of the COP,” he said.
U.S. Army Maj. Steven Bower, intelligence officer for Task Force Rakkasan and a native of Worland, Wyo., echoed Thomas’s appraisal of the surveillance equipment employed by coalition forces.
“Our use of technology to place the enemy under detailed surveillance combined with sources within his network, allows us to fuse that information at critical times,” Bowers said. “The assets available for that engagement allowed us to maintain constant surveillance on the enemy. They were unable to hide.”
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