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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army basic trainee receives a vaccination Sept. 28. (click for more)
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.”
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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of Task Force Gambler, Texas Agribusiness Development Teams 3 and 4, and one Illinois International Security Assistance Force member were diverted from a scheduled mission in two UH-60 Black Hawks Oct. 11 to help local Afghans drive out insurgents from a village in Qarabagh District.