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Soldiers of 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, fire their weapons at paper targets to ensure the accuracy of their sight systems at Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar Province, Oct. 19. (click for more)

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bill McDonald decorates a cake Joint Operations Center’s in the dining facility on Bagram Airfield Oct. 18. McDonald is a 28-year-old Quincy, Ill., native and a baker (click for more)

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Members of the 934th Forward Surgical Team unload a patient from the back of a field litter ambulance at Forward Operating Base Sharana recently. (click for more)

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Smedley, Task Force Knighthawk commander, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, from Sterling Park, Va., presents an Air Medal to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph McCormick, Company C, Medevac, TF Knighthawk, 3rd CAB, TF Falcon, from St. Petersburg, Fla., during an end of tour awards ceremony Sept. 23 on Bagram Airfield. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – After a year in Afghanistan, the first of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon’s Soldiers will be returning home to Savannah, Ga. It began with an end of tour awards ceremony for the Soldiers of Company C Medevac, TF Knighthawk, 3rd CAB, TF Falcon, Sept. 23 on Bagram Airfield.

In September 2009, C Co., TF Knighthawk, kicked off the deployment cycle for the entire brigade by deploying early to relieve an outgoing Army National Guard unit. Their early departure came almost two months before the main body flights of the Marne aviation brigade.

During their time in theater, the company flew more than 600,000 flight hours, accomplished 3,000 missions without an accident, including four accounts of their aircraft being hit by enemy fire and still rescuing the patient.

“It’s very satisfying to accomplish my goal of getting everyone home because the enemy definitely had a vote,” said U.S. Army Maj. Jason Wilson, C Co. commander, TF Knighthawk, from Roy, Utah. “I couldn’t be prouder of my guys. I asked much from them, and they gave much, then when I asked for more, they gave more. They’re a company full of heroes.”

In addition to their medevac duties, the company also assisted in training the first Afghan flight medics with their Flight Medic Academy on Bagram Airfield.

“It feels good that we were the first of the [3rd Infantry Division] to set our footprints here in Afghanistan,” said U.S. Army Spc. Michael Walker, a crew chief with C Co., TF Knighthawk, from Sacramento, Calif. “I’m proud of what we did here. We didn’t just set footprints for the 3rd ID, we also helped the Afghan medics with their training; that was a first for them. We helped them with their first footsteps as well. It was a job well accomplished.”BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, load their gear and belongings on a truck as they redeploy to Savannah, Ga., Sept. 24, on Bagram Airfield. During their time in theater, the company flew more than 600,000 flight hours, accomplished 3,000 missions without incident. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon)


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