PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A shopkeeper stands by his store in the Bagram Airfield bazaar Dec. 11. The bazaar brings in more than $30,000 into the local economy on a (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A member of the AUP performs a search during an AUP-led operation with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment in Jaji District Dec. 16. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local children watch members of Kapisa PRT pass as they leave the Abdul Salam High School in Ghayn Valley Dec. 15. (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Sher Badir, Manogai District subgovernor, speaks during the election ceremony for the Manogai District Community Council Dec. 9. (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Key elders listen intently while the U.S. and Polish ambassadors, Musa Khan, Ghazni provincial governor, and Amina Safi Afzaly, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, speak (click for more)
U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, veternarian from New Liberty, Iowa, supervises as an Afghan veterinarian puts final sutures into a neutered dog at a continuing education conference organized by the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Actor and comedian Robin Williams talks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, shakes a little girl's hand during the playground dedication at Ghazni City Orphanage in Ghazni Dec. 15. (click for more)
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Two Cavalry Troopers of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Shooter, were awarded Purple Hearts in a ceremony at Jalalabad Airfield Dec. 30.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East, presented Purple Hearts to U.S. Army 1st Sgt. David E. Lee from Valley Springs, Ark., of C Troop, TF Shooter, 10th CAB, and U.S. Army Spc. Matthew J. Riddle from Greenfield, Ind., of D Troop, TF Shooter, 10th CAB, for wounds received in the defense of Forward Operating Base Fenty Nov. 13.
“Today is a proud day for the task force and an honor for U.S. Army Command, Sgt. Maj. (Patrick) McGuire and myself,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Downey, of Philadelphia, the Task Force Shooter commander. “Every single day, we are reminded that we serve with the finest Soldiers in the Army, and we are privileged to call ourselves Six Shooters”.
The Purple Heart is the oldest American military decoration in the nation. It was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit available to the common Soldier by Gen. George Washington. The award fell into disuse following the Revolution and was not proposed again officially until after World War I. The Purple Heart was revived on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, Feb. 22, 1932, out of respect to his memory and achievements. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those killed in action or of wounds received in action.
Dec. 30 marked the 53rd day in country for TF Shooter. Since they arrived in Afghanistan, the task force has flown more than 5,000 combat flight hours, moved 1,300 air assault passengers to seize terrain and neutralize the enemy, conducted more than 20 aerial enemy engagements in close proximity to friendly forces, hauled more than 25 sling load missions through terrain that vehicles are unable to maneuver, and conducted 80 successful life-saving medical evacuation missions.
In addition to the Purple Hearts, 38 Cavalry Troopers received the Combat Action Badge during a separate ceremony.
The Combat Action Badge was approved for creation by the Secretary of the Army May 2, 2005. It was created to recognize Soldiers who have engaged or have been engaged by the enemy while serving in a combat zone. Since the start of ground combat operations in Operation Enduring Freedom through September 2010, 20,670 soldiers have earned the Combat Action Badge.
U.S. Army Col. Pedro G. Almeida of New Bedford, Mass., commander of TF Falcon, 10th CAB, assisted by the brigade command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth E. Patton, awarded the Combat Action Badge to recipients during an evening ceremony on Jalalabad Airfield.
“I am proud,” said Downey. “Proud of where we have been and the hard work and dedication it took to get us to this point, proud of where we are as a solid and cohesive team, and most importantly, where we are going; raising the bar every day and every mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.”
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