FOB Shank provides RSOI training

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)

FOB Wright servicemembers complete Army Ten-Miler

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Army sergeant finds his passion in baking

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)

Female engagement team makes strides in Kunar

U.S. Army Sgt. Latoya Winham, a human resources sergeant with the 64th MP Company, 205th Military Police Battalion and member of the FOB Wright FET from Anniston, Ala., listens as (click for more)

Team Leader Course helps ANA fight illiteracy

Afghan National Army soldiers Mohammed Qasim and Seenatullah, both natives of Takhar Province, study during the literacy block of the Team Leader Course on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktya Province, (click for more)

934th FST: Anatomy of the life-saving process

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)

Cavalry troopers keep pressure on

U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Stallings, 1st Sq., 172nd Cav. Reg., 86th Inf. BCT, from Greenville, N.C., searches for bomb-making materials during an air assault search operation conducted with members of (click for more)

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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Casey Leadbeater, an infantryman from St. Johnsbury, Vt., with the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, clears a room in a village in the Koh-e Safi District here Oct. 18 during an air assault operation conducted with members of the Macedonian Rangers, Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. During the operation, they found bomb-making material, land mines, a rocket-propelled grenade, and the makings of a possible vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Since the beginning of their tour in Afghanistan, the troopers of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, have been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to putting pressure on the insurgents in their area of operation.

The insurgency felt this pressure Oct. 18 in the form of an air assault operation when the troopers, Macedonian Rangers and Afghan National Army soldiers flew in by CH-47 Chinook helicopters and were met by Afghan National Policemen to conduct a search operation in the Koh-e Safi District of Parwan Province.

During the operation, the troopers recovered two land mines, a rocket-propelled grenade, bomb-making materials, Afghan National Army uniforms, and a possible vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, and detained four suspects for questioning, one of which tested positive for potential explosive residue on his clothing.

"We wanted to ensure that the insurgency here isn't able to regain any momentum following some of our other successful air assaults,” said U.S. Army Capt. Jack Lehneman, the commander of the troop, from Milton, Vt.

So far, C Troop has conducted five air assault operations. These are large-scale operations that use helicopters for the element of surprise, and are conducted to search for insurgents, weapons, and munitions.

“They (the insurgents) have been dealt some serious blows in this province and we aim to disrupt their re-organization over the winter months. This will allow for an expansion of the security footprint in the province, which will lead to increased stability," added Lehneman.

In addition to demonstrating their ability to disrupt insurgent activities, this operation also proved the respect C Troop earned among not only the civilian population, but their enemies as well.

As soon as the Soldiers approached the first building, which they later found bomb-making materials in, three individuals ran out of a house and surrendered.

“I believe the insurgents both fear and respect the abilities we bring to the fight. This has become apparent in the fact that the insurgents flee or surrender at the arrival of C Troop, and during encounters they have continuously broken contact or surrendered; rather than stand and fight,” said the U.S. Army 1st Sgt. John Digby, C Troop first sergeant and a native of Swanton, Vt.

This air assault operation served as proof that the Charlie troopers have not only become air assault veterans, but have also been key role players in improving the security in Parwan.

“These operations are the capstone to the shaping operations that we've been conducting all year. The inter-agency cooperation between coalition forces, ANA, and ANP is a shining example of General Petraeus' guidance (for combined action) executed in real-time,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Scott Mathewson, a platoon leader with C Troop from South Burlington, Vt.

 

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In the reflection of a Qulat (Afghan home) window, Macedonian Rangers can be seen standing guard on a rooftop Oct. 18 during an air assault operation conducted with members of the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Afghan National Army; and Afghan National Police in the Koh-e Safi District here. During the operation, Soldiers found bomb-making materials, land mines, a rocket-propelled grenade, and the makings of a possible vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Stallings, a member of the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, from Greenville, N.C., searches for bomb-making materials during an air assault search operation conducted with members of the Macedonian Rangers, Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police Oct. 18 in the Koh-e Safi District here. The wires, which can be used for improvised explosive devices, were among other bomb-making material they confiscated, they also found two land mines, a rocket-propelled grenade and the makings of a possible vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Casey Leadbeater, an infantryman from St. Johnsbury, Vt., with the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, documents wires that were found during an air assault search operation conducted with members of the Macedonian Rangers, Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police Oct. 18 in the Koh-e Safi District here. The wires, which can be used for improvised explosive devices, were among the other bomb-making material they confiscated; they also found two land mines, a rocket-propelled grenade and the makings of a possible vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes, 86 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
 

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