LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command East, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, made Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear an honorary Screaming Eagle over a video teleconference Nov. 4 for his support and dedication to the 101st Airborne Division.
“Governor, thank you very much for everything you do for the service men and women of Kentucky, and thank you for hosting the lunch there today,” Campbell said to Beshear. “I’ve never done this from Bagram before, so this is really a first of its kind, but we would be honored sir, if we could make you an honorary Screaming Eagle of the 101st Airborne Division. “
The 52nd Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini presented Beshear with the award in Louisville, Ky.
“General Campbell, thank you very much, it is indeed an honor to be made an honorary Eagle. I grew up about 20 miles north of Fort Campbell so I’ve been around for a while,” said Beshear. “Honestly, I don’t deserve this title, but on behalf of 4.2 million Kentuckians who support you and others who are defending our freedom today, I accept this. Thank you so much for this honor”
Campbell then spoke to the support Beshear shows the 101st Div.
“The state of Kentucky lowers the flag for each 101st fallen hero. I don’t think they do that anywhere else for a division like what you do. We flew a Screaming Eagle flag over Bagram Airfield on September 11, 2010, and we want to present that to you as well, sir.”
Campbell presented several 101st flags to civic leaders at various community events just prior the division’s deployment late last spring. Campbell asked the leaders to fly the flags as a sign of community support for the deployed Soldiers and families.
“When a Soldier arrives at Fort Campbell no matter where he’s from he is one of us, a Kentuckian,” said Beshear. ”So if something bad happens to that Soldier we lower our flag in honor of his or her service. We are going to continue that service because it’s the right thing to do.”
“We are so blessed to have such great neighbors surrounding the Fort Campbell community in both Kentucky and Tennessee,” said Campbell. “The community leaders are always asking how they can better support our troops and by flying the black and gold colors of the 101st, this provides a tangible way they can show their support throughout the deployment.”
More than 15,000 Soldiers from the 101st are currently deployed to Afghanistan and more are scheduled to deploy this coming spring.
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|Afghan forces, TF Bastogne continue operations in Sherzad District|
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, continued operations in the Sherzad District Jan. 8 clearing the village of Toto of insurgent fighters to reinforce a foundation of security in the area.
|TF Iron eliminates insurgent IED team|
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers form Task Force Iron Rakkasan and members of the Afghan Uniformed police, using the Precision Threat Detection System blimp at Forward Operating Base Andar, identified a group of insurgents with weapons and explosives Jan. 3.
|TF Iron Rakkasan uses PTDS to prevent highway robbery|
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Recently, Soldiers from Task Force Iron Rakkasan watched a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police conduct an illegal checkpoint on the route between Ghazni and Sharana. Using the camera system on the Persistent Threat Detection System, Soldiers observed a man standing in the road collecting money from vehicles. The practice is common by insurgents who fund their attacks by taking money from locals.
|Joint operation helps clear Sherzad of insurgent activity|
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from Task Force Bastogne began operations in the Sherzad District Dec. 23.