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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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, a Delaware, Ohio, native, and Afghan National Army Commander Zamaray exchange gifts of gratitude for their partnership over the past six months in Paktika Province. On Sept. 10, Task Force Iron Rakkasan, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade from the 101st Abn. Div. The Iron Rakkasans did not return home; instead they moved west to Ghazni Province. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Iron Rakkasan, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade from the 101st Division Sept. 10.

The Iron Rakkasans did not return home; instead they moved west to Ghazni Province.

 

As the two units celebrated the passing of the torch from TF Iron Rakkasan to TF Red Currahee, it also marked another monumental occasion for the two units. As the Iron Rakkasans continue the fight in Ghazni, the two battalions find themselves fighting shoulder-to-shoulder for the first time since May 1969 when the two battalions fought on Dong Ap Bia Mountain in the Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat from Delaware, Ohio, commander of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry and U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack from Roanoke, Va., commander of 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry look forward to fighting together to secure the populations of Ghazni and Paktika provinces.  This TOA is one of the final pieces of the surge – American battalions will now be conducting counterinsurgency operations in two critical provinces.

“The TOA ceremony marks much more than just an unveiling of colors,” said U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson from Lansing, Mich. “It’s difficult to relinquish responsibility in Paktika after all we have done here. I am glad to see it staying in the hands of the 101st Screaming Eagles. I cannot think of anyone I trust more to continue the mission here in Paktika then the Red Currahees. We look forward to working with them as we continue the mission in eastern Ghazni.”

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat, a Delaware, Ohio, native, gives his final farewell to Paktika Province’s Afghan National Security Forces and government officials Sept. 10. Task Force Iron Rakkasan conducted the official transfer of authority ceremony for western Paktika Province to Task Force Red Currahee. The Iron Rakkasans did not return home; instead they moved west to Ghazni Province. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Womack, a Roanoke, Va., native, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Judd from Fort Campbell, Ky., unveil their Red Currahee Battalion colors, officially taking responsibility of western Paktika Province Sept. 10. The Iron Rakkasans did not return home; instead they moved west to Ghazni Province. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division)

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