50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)

Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

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10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

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ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)

ANA, TF Storm break trail, make difference in Kharwar

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)

Ky. ADT II begins Panjshir sheep parasite project

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Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Adams, a Norwalk, Iowa, native and 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer command sergeant major, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and TF Archer commander, unfurl the battalion colors at a transfer of authority ceremony held on Bagram Airfield here Dec. 3. TF Archer will take over BAF base support operations from the 86th Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Hammer. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer assumed responsibility for base operations on Bagram Airfield from the 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Hammer during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Bagram Airfield here Dec. 4. The ceremony marks the departure of TF Hammer, a Vermont National Guard unit and the arrival of TF Archer, an Iowa National Guard unit.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Palermo, a Georgia, Vt., resident and TF Hammer commander, highlighted the achievements of his task force stating how they went above and beyond his expectations to achieve their mission of leaving BAF better than they found it. Palermo credited their success to the experience of the soldiers who fall under him.

“I am very fortunate to have competent, knowledgeable officers and noncommissioned officers who took charge and accepted the responsibility of the mission,” said Palermo. “We took the experience of other deployments from all of you, asked questions, conducted many meetings to develop the best course of action, then implemented change...setting the wheels in motion to make BAF a better place.”

Palermo challenged Soldiers of TF Archer to create a new mission and improve upon what they accomplished, quoting an example he used during the relief-in-place briefings held the previous week of building a pyramid one block at a time. He accredited their outstanding degree of professionalism, dedication and ability for creativity as the tools which will allow them to accomplish this task.

“It is our time to turn this mission over to you, and there is no doubt in my mind that your Soldiers will take BAF to new levels of excellence,” said Palermo. “With the entire community of BAF, teamwork and your leadership, I know you will carry the tradition of excellence to a new level.”

U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and TF Archer commander, expressed the extent of TF Archer’s mission changes, but assured Palmero they would stay focused on the base operations mission.

"Our mission is expanded beyond the Base Operations mission of the 86th BSTB. We have responsibility for that mission, as well as our traditional BSB mission of sustaining brigade operations outside the wire in the brigade’s area of responsibility," said Perkins.

Perkins commented on the passion and hard work of TF Hammer and answered Palermo’s challenge with a promise to build upon their successes using the same work ethic and dedication his team did.

"The passion and hard work the 86th BSTB put into the base operations mission was evident throughout the RIP process,” said Perkins. "I promise the 86th BSTB, just as you built upon the hard work of your predecessors, TF Cyclone, we will continue your work with the same passion you have shown and build upon your successes."PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers with the subordinate units of the 86th Specials Troops Battalion, Task Force Hammer and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, salute during the National Anthem at a transfer of authority ceremony held on Bagram Airfield here Dec. 3. The ceremony marks TF Archer’s assumption of responsibility for base operations on BAF from TF Hammer. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Col. William Roy, a Jericho, Vt., resident and 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Wolverine commander, shakes hands with U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Palermo, a Georgia, Vt., resident and 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Hammer commander, during a transfer of authority ceremony held on Bagram Airfield here Dec. 3. Roy presented Palermo with a bronze star during the ceremony for his acts of merit throughout TF Hammer's rotation in Afghanistan this past year. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)


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