Building security one sandbag at a time

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Bentley and U.S. Army Spc. Zech Burke, both cavalry scouts with 1st Plt. and a Bennington, Vt., resident, along with several Afghan National Policemen help unload (click for more)

Soldiers protect COP Garcia with howitzer

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Army Paul M. Gatto, from Bethlehem, Pa., a cannoneer from Task Force Balls, elevates a M777 howitzer and hooks up his firing lanyard seconds before discharging (click for more)

Engineers conduct overnight mission in Afghanistan

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Air Force Capt. Phillip Baker, Panjshir PRT engineer, along with Air Force 1st Lt. Jason Adams, Panjshir PRT engineer, assemble an antenna in order to communicate (click for more)

Gathering together to build relationships

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — While spectators watch, members of the Sharana Hospital volleyball team play a friendly match against coalition force units at Forward Operating Base Rushmore Oct. 2. (click for more)

TF Spartan perseveres despite challenges

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the (click for more)

Kentucky ADT visits Parwan Director of Women’s Affairs

Maj. Bobby Mayes, women’s empowerment coordinator, and Sgt.1st Class Maureen Houston, FET member, meet with Zareen Saleha, the Deputy Director of Women’s Affairs for the Parwan Director of Agriculture, Irrigation, (click for more)

Ground Soldiers learn to fly

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of (click for more)

U.S. troops in Paktya Province plan bridges

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. troops from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team use a measuring tape to measure the distance of one point (click for more)

ANA Soldiers receive vaccinations at Parsa

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army basic trainee receives a vaccination Sept. 28. (click for more)

TF Viper mechanics keep helicopters flying

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, Md., assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper attempts to loosen a bolt on a rotor head from an (click for more)

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PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Colonel Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Coop stand in front of the newly uncased brigade and regimental colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Sharana Sept. 8. TF Currahee took over Paktika Province from TF Rakkasan, 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Div., as one of the last brigades deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom surge of troops. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, uncased its brigade colors and officially assumed control of Paktika province from the 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, during a ceremony held Sept. 9.

The Currahees expressed gratitude toward their Rakkasan brothers for their efforts in the province and for the help to make the transition a smooth one.

“Your help ... was second to none,” said U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, the 4th BCT commander, of the 3rd BCT’s efforts while at Paktika. “TF Currahee will build on your successes and the lessons you and our Afghan partners have provided us. Together, we will continue down this road of progress.”

 

As part of the U.S. Army’s campaign continuity plan, 4th BCT is returning to the same area of operations that they served during the 2008 and 2009 Operation Enduring Freedom campaign.

Having been here before is a huge benefit for the Currahees, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Darrin Ricketts, the 4th BCT deputy commander. Though the battlefield is ever-changing, understanding the culture, the terrain and the enemy makes it easier to start making progress quickly.

Relationships with the people of Afghanistan are key, said Ricketts. Having been here before it allows us to continue to build upon already established partnerships.

The Currahees emphasized the goal of this deployment is to work together with the people of Afghanistan to continue to build the foundations that enable the country to serve its people and to be prosperous.

“The members of TF Currahee are committed to providing assistance and support to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and its people,” said Jenkins. “Together, shana-ba-shana [shoulder-to-shoulder], we will work to build a country that is stable, peaceful and respects the rights of all citizens.”

Referencing their rich history, the Currahees are optimistic that the challenge before them is accomplishable.

This task, like so many others, carried out by this historic regiment will be difficult, said Jenkins. Like the Currahees serving before during World War II, Vietnam and just two years ago in this very province, the Currahees will prevail.

“It is now, it is here, that we begin and add the next chapter in the regiment’s lineage,” said Jenkins. “And now, our challenge will be to bring all of what we have, all of what we are, to the people of Afghanistan.

“At the end, like those before, we will leave that, which we have undertaken in a better state than when we started.”
 

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Colonel Sean M. Jenkins, Task Force Currahee commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Coop, TF Currahee command sergeant major, uncase the brigade and regimental colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Sharana Sept. 8. TF Currahee took over Paktika Province from TF Rakkasan, 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Div., as one of the last brigades deployed to support the Operation Enduring Freedom troop surge. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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