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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter, the acting director of the Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, commander, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Red Bulls, cut the ribbon across the entrance of the Grady Dining Facility during the grand opening ceremony on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Arrington, 176th Engineer Brigade)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The grand opening ceremony for the Grady Dining Facility was held at Bagram Airfield’s Camp Warrior Jan. 22.

The facility is named after U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady of Bristow, Okla., an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year.

“Spc. Ryan Grady represents to us what the modern National Guard is,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter the acting director of the Army National Guard. “He joined the guard because he wanted to serve his country.”

Carpenter joined U.S. Army Lt. Col. John J. Perkins, a Johnston, Iowa, native and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, commander and master of ceremonies for the event in cutting the ribbon across the entrance to the facility and spoke at the ceremony.

“I believe that he (would) truly appreciate that a facility like this one is available for his fellow Soldiers in a place where so very few creature comforts are available,” Carpenter said. “I can only hope that you and the many servicemembers who cross the threshold into this building for years to come can enjoy a reprieve from the seemingly endless mission that we have here in Afghanistan. Today, remember those who came before you and those like Ryan, who paid the ultimate price for what we all hold dear.”  
    
The dining facility was under construction during Grady’s tour in Afghanistan and received the official name a few months back. The theme of the dining facility is Americana and includes signs reminiscent of the U.S. including “Warrior Bucks” over the coffee station and “Warrior Way” over the sandwich bar.

The ceremony included a meal of steak and lobster for those in attendance and those having lunch after the ceremony. It closed with a dedication to all those who have paid the ultimate price.

“If everyone would stand, I would like to propose a toast,” Perkins said. “This is to not only Grady but all the servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To our fallen comrades.”

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Servicemembers share the first meal in the Grady Dining Facility on Bagram Airfield during the grand opening ceremony Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, command sergeant major, reads the description of the fallen Soldier’s table during the grand opening of the Grady Dining Facility on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. The facility is named after U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady of Bristow, Okla. and an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Bryant of Polk City, Iowa, and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, commander’s security officer, helps himself to a piece of cake during the grand opening ceremony for the Grady dining facility on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Williams of Kinston, N.C., and Combined Joint Task Force – 101 operations sergeant major, signs a guest book at the grand opening ceremony of the Grady Dining Facility on Bagram Airfield Jan. 22. The book will be sent to the family of U.S. Army Spc. Ryan “Big Smooth” Grady, for whom the building is named, a Bristow, Okla., native and an engineer with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Division, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in action in Parwan Province last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

 

    

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

 
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Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

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