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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Mike Lindenburg, from Monticello, Iowa, a mechanic with Company B, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, lubes the drive train of a mine resistant ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle during a monthly maintenance check at Co. B’s forward repair station on Bagram Airfield, March 11. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Soldiers of Company B, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, operate a forward repair station on Bagram Airfield seven days a week to keep all the Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, which they are a part of, rolling.

“We provide support to the infantry, cavalry and all Soldiers of the brigade making sure their vehicles, their weapons and their radios are running to the best of their ability, all the time,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steven Agnitsch from Wyoming, Iowa, and the maintenance control noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the Co. B forward repair station. “Let’s get it in, get it fixed and get it back to the Soldiers -- that’s how I run my shop.”
The station has a wheeled vehicle repair area for all vehicles from mine resistant ambushed-protected vehicles to pick-up trucks used on Bagram. The repair station also has a metal fabrication shop and a communications repair area so maintainers can make repairs on all critical systems on the brigade’s vehicles.

“We support the whole brigade with any of its maintenance needs that may come up,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Lindahl from Royal, Iowa, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with Co. B. “Our job is pretty important (to the Soldier in the field) ... we make sure that they have a quality piece of equipment to take outside the wire. Our mission is to make sure that the vehicle they’re driving is a reliable one and they have reliable communications so they can get back safe.”

“We have had a lot of days where we had 20-plus vehicles in here; it is pretty hectic,” said Lindahl. “A couple nights we have had to work pretty late and the lights were out in the shop, so we had to run some drop cords to generators so we had lights in the shop. We had stuff that had to be done so we just adjusted fire and did what we had to do to get it finished.”

The Soldiers who work at the repair station take pride in their job and understand the importance of their mission.

“I have always enjoyed being a mechanic helping the infantry and the cavalry by keeping their equipment running at top speed, so they can keep on mission,” said Agnitsch. “It makes me feel good; I know they can do their job if I do mine.”

The other Soldiers in the unit share the same sentiment.

“I have been fixing stuff my entire time in the military,” said U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Miller from Ankeny, Iowa, a mechanic with Co. B. “I am just a simple mechanic, maintaining these trucks is what I do. If these trucks aren’t fully mission capable, then the other military personnel here, they can’t go out and do their jobs.”

The shop handles all types of repairs from full motor rebuilds to simple jobs called services. Services are fluid and air-filter changes coupled with quality assurance and quality control inspections preformed every 200 to 600 hours and once a year. These services are vital to assure vehicles are in proper working order, according to the maintainers.
“My job is a little monotonous at times but it is fun and important,” said Lindahl. “Some days we just do services, but others are challenging like when we get to do the big motor pullouts and assemblies. It has its moments and most of them are good.”

The mechanics and metal workers at Co. B don’t just do this while deployed most will do the same job when they return to the United States; the experiences and knowledge they gain will follow them.

“Back home I work as a mechanic instructor at the National Maintenance Training Center, Camp Dodge, Iowa. Here, I work on MRAPs doing everything I can to make sure that the trucks are fully mission capable and to make sure they are ready to rock and roll at any time,” said Miller.

Though it’s not glamorous and it’s not a typical Army job, Co. B’s mission is an important one, according to the maintainers. PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Mike Lindenburg, from Monticello, Iowa, hands a socket wrench to U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Miller, from Ankeny, Iowa, both are mechanics with Company B, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, while they perform a monthly maintenance check on a mine resistant all terrain vehicle at Co. B’s forward repair station on Bagram Airfield March 11. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Chad Vieth, from Springville, Iowa, a metal worker with Company B, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, grinds metal at Co. B’s forward repair station on Bagram Airfield March 11. (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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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

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.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.