How one man makes a difference in Afghanistan

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)

Guardians of Peace produces results in Paktya

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)

Working together to put Afghan heroes back together again

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)

Bidder’s conference places Afghans in control

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)

Panjshir women strengthen communication skills

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)

Ghazni PRT assesses village, builds relationships

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)

Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)

Co. A makes successful return to Shebatkyl

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)

Delegation conducts market outreach mission in Zormat

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)

Kunar PRT medics help healing at Asadabad Hospital

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)


NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Will Johnson, commander of Task Force Panther, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, receives “panther cologne” from Task Force Shooter pilots Capt. Scott Wohlford of Watertown, N.Y., and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Smith of New Orleans. (Photo by Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dave Ratcliffe, Task Force Shooter, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Downey, Task Force Shooter, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, commander, along with a few of his pilots, visited U.S. Army Lt. Col. Will Johnson, TF Panther, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, commander, Jan. 29 to present him a gift to commemorate the recent collaboration of their units.

The task forces worked together during Operation Black Panther in western Nangarhar Province Dec. 27. With constant coordination, TF Shooter performed infills and exfills of ground cavalry troops while also providing reconnaissance and aerial support throughout the operational area.
“We enjoyed working with TF Panther,” said Downey. “(The operation) was highly successful, and (it was) an honor to work with our fellow cavalrymen on the battlefield.”
Johnson opened a small wooden box which made a vicious panther growl and leaked a quite pungent and formidable scent of “panther cologne”; the gift inspired by a scene from the movie “Anchorman.”  

“I think Lt. Col. Johnson got a kick out of it,” said Downey, a native of Philadelphia. “We enjoyed ambushing him during his morning stand up for the presentation.”

The panther cologne gift capped off an operation between two groups that, in the past, always fought together. Though modern cavalry units no longer integrate air and ground elements, a history of the units working together goes back decades.

During the Vietnam conflict, combined air cavalry forces, consisting of Kiowa and Cobra helicopters, worked together with their ground cavalry counterparts who travelled by tanks and armored cavalry assault vehicles. 
“I’m extremely happy how the panther box was received by Lt. Col. Johnson,” said U.S. Army Capt. Scott Wohlford, an OH-58 Kiowa pilot with TF Shooter, 10th CAB, TF Falcon and a resident of Fort Drum, N.Y. “It really shows how the tradition of the cavalry brotherhood is alive and well in the air and on the ground.”


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The security and safety of Afghan civilians is an important part of every coalition operation. All weapons caches found during these operations are destroyed to ensure they do not harm civilians or military personnel.

“Mines are indiscriminate killers. They don’t distinguish between Soldiers or civilians, between men, women or children. We must all work together to eliminate the threat posed by these deadly weapons,” said U.S. Army Col. Ben Corell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

If you see any suspicious activity or know of a weapons cache in your area, please report it. Call the Operations Coordination Center Provincial Tip Line at 079-662-0193 or at 079-397-0975.