KHOWST PROVINCE – U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Randy Cuyler, a 3-19th ADT hydrologist and resident of Southbend, Ind., works side by side with Omar, caretaker of the (click for more)
Pfc. Randall Kinnaman from Norman, Okla., provides security in a village in the Charbaran District Oct. 27 during Task Force White Currahee Toccoa Tikurah, the largest combined air assault mission (click for more)
Army Lt. Col. Wiley Blevins, Bamyan ETT leader, from Wilmington, Del.; and Army Maj. Timothy Drake, contracting officer for the ETT from Lewes, Del., meet Oct. 25 with the contractor (click for more)
U.S. Army National Guard Lt. Col. Pamela Moody, 3-19th ADT Women’s Outreach Team and resident of Indianapolis, meets with Hasina Akhmad Ziy, principal of the Khowst girls school with the (click for more)
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Rogers of Bloomington, Minn., Kunar PRT engineer, and Shafak Pervez, electrical engineer with the USACE, inspect a generator control panel Nov. 1 (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel Vowell of Birmingham, Ala., commander of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force No Slack, addresses village elders at the Narang (click for more)
Police officer Javeed Hakmal (left) and Lt. Sherwali Hakmal stand in front of police headquarters in Mehtar Lam. Javeed and his father Sherwali graduated from the Laghman Province police academy (click for more)
Members of Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team provide security during a shura in Mirzaka Nov. 4. The shura gave new PRT personnel the opportunity to introduce themselves to local Afghan leadership (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE - Army Spc. Brandon Brouhard, a combat medic from Modesto, Calif., assigned to Task Force No Slack, pulls on his helmet and gear to prepare for his tower (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – For many years, U.S. Soldiers who serve 30 days or more in a combat zone have been eligible for special recognition known as a combat patch, which is displayed on the right sleeve of their uniforms.
The combat patch indicates Soldiers have actively participated in ground combat operations against an enemy force and been exposed to the threat of enemy action or fire.
For the Soldiers of the 615th Military Police Company, from Grafenwöehr, Germany, their combat patch ceremony was held on Forward Operating Base Ghardez Sept. 26. For many, the date carried with it special significance.
The military police branch of the U.S. Army was created 69 years ago on Sept. 26, 1941. To commemorate the event, U.S. Army Capt. Bryan Anderson, native of Des Moines, Iowa, and 615th MP Co. commander, scheduled his unit’s combat patch ceremony to coincide with the historical date.
“The combat patch is not only a badge of merit,” said Anderson. “It represents a bond among Soldiers of shared commitment, courage and hardship.”
Although the unit has only been in Afghanistan just over a month, they already had a taste of the hardship and commitment a deployment brings.
“Since our arrival, we have made a significant contribution to the Afghan security,” he said. “We’ve done that by partnering with the Afghan National Police and assisting in numerous operations to support the development of law and order.”
The 615th also played a significant and integral role in ensuring success of the recent historic Afghan parliamentary elections. The unit assisted the ANP to ensure the safety and security of voters during the elections causing insurgent activity to be ineffective and virtually nonexistent.
One Soldier who earned his combat patch was U.S. Army Pfc. Ralph Williams, native of Louisville, Ky., and proud member of the 615th MP Co.
“I am raising the bar for my family,” he said. “My parents set the bar high for me, and I am setting it high for my daughter.”
Williams, who overcame an injury in order to join his comrades on his first deployment, seems filled with pride to wear the combat patch.
“When I see my daughter’s pride in me and the wonder in the eyes of other children when they see me in uniform, I know I am doing the right thing,” he said.
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