Combined Joint Task Force - 82

Lethal Warriors search mountains of Konar PDF Print E-mail
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs   
Monday, 03 August 2009 13:02
U.S. Army Sgt. Dustin Kaminiski, of Chicago, Ill., team leader, 1st platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, assigned to Task Force Mountain Warrior, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnny L. Bates, of Winchester, Ky., the squad leader for weapons squad, 1st platoon, stand guard in a small village in the Kunar province. Bates and Kaminiski were part of a reconnaissance operation their platoon was conducting in support of larger combat operations planned for the near future. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)                                     


KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers of 1st platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, assigned to Task Force Mountain Warrior, conducted reconnaissance in the Pech River valley to gather information for future combat operations, July 21.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Chris J. Capasso, of Nashua, N.H., the platoon leader for 1st platoon, explained his unit was conducting reconnaissance of possible enemy positions and escape routes.

Capasso said the platoon found actionable intelligence, including several enemy fighting positions and trails.

“It helps plan and shape future operations,” he said. “The mission’s purpose was to gather information on the enemy.”

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph S. McKinney, of Fairfax, Okla., the platoon sergeant for 1st platoon, explained why reconnaissance missions

Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2009 14:04
U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense visits Panjshir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Air Force Capt. John T. Stamm, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs Office   
Sunday, 02 August 2009 12:22

Col. Martin B. Bischoff, development chief, Combined Joint Task force-82, checks out a cutting machine used at the marble cutting and polishing plant in Panjshir, July 26. (Photo by Air Force Capt. John T. Stamm, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs Office)

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan- U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Business Transformation, Mr. Paul A. Brinkley, and a hand-picked team of business development leaders, visited the Panjshir valley and the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team, July 26.

Brinkley and the team came to discuss the future of business development and get a first-hand view of the valley, its people, and to get a better understanding of the progress made over the past few years.

The visit started with a short briefing by the PRT leadership focusing on business development challenges, followed by a convoy to the governor’s office where Brinkley and the delegation met with Panjshir Governor Haji Bahlol.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2009 14:01
Patrolling Konar province, Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Evan D. Marcy, 55th Signal Company   
Sunday, 02 August 2009 12:13

090715-a-7265m-009sized.jpgKONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Adam MacAllister, commander, Company C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, looks through his scope providing security in Konar province, Afghanistan, July 15. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Evan D. Marcy, 55th Signal Company)









Nothing stops Paratroopers’ mission PDF Print E-mail
Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs   
Sunday, 02 August 2009 12:03

170709-a-7540h-001.jpgKHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Sgt. 1st Class Lance Amsden, platoon sergeant for the 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, watches as CH-47 Chinook Helicopters circle above during a dust storm at Forward Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, July 17, during preparation for an air-assault mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Public Affairs)







Targeting the enemy PDF Print E-mail
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Nicholas, 55th Signal Company   
Sunday, 02 August 2009 11:27

090728-a-6385n-003.jpgKHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A U.S. Army Soldier, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, is in position pulling rear security during an air-assault mission in support of Operation Champion Sword, July 28. Champion Sword is a joint operation involving Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces focused on specific militant targets and safe havens within Sabari and Terezai districts of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Nicholas, 55th Signal Company)







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Press Releases

Afghan government officials, Konar PRT work to solve timber issues


BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Members of the Konar Provincial Reconstruction Team facilitated a Shura between Afghan government officials and Konar Province’s local leaders with the hope of coming to a decision on what to do with the current timber situation in the province July 28.

Konar Provincal Governor Fazlullah Wahidid met with the Afghan Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal and other officials at his compound in Asadabad to discuss the two main problems in the province; what do with the existing piles of lumber and what to do about the current timber situation.

The day’s events consisted of remarks and issues from the government as well as from Konar timber business leaders, landowners, and elders on how to contribute to protecting the environment, replanting the forest and discussions on a hydro-electric dam to be built in Konar.

One decision made addressed the lumber already cut. The officials want to keep the lumber in Konar and use it for the development of their wood industry and to help build a better Afghanistan. The ministers also asked the elders to get tribal support so they can find a way to stop the illegal cutting of new timber.

The Shura was a successful exercise in raising the awareness of the timber problem and has demonstrated to the people that the government is taking the issue seriously.

“One of our efforts is to decrease the distance between the government and the local population,” said Zakhilwal.

The ministers also agreed to take another look at addressing the timber issues in Konar after the upcoming government elections.

Militant IED, weapons supplier captured

  BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Combined Joint Task Force-82 Soldiers, while conducting an ongoing operation to disrupt militant activities and secure areas for the upcoming elections, captured a militant weapons supplier in eastern Afghanistan July 28. Acting on time sensitive intelligence, the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Task Force Yukon, searched a compound in the Sabari District of Khost Province where the supplier was believed to be and located. The improvised explosive device and weapons munitions supplier was found and captured.  “The detention of this individual will have a significant impact on hindering the IED networks working in the Khost Province,” said Maj. Matthew Gregory, a spokesman for Task Force Yukon.  Sabari District has been plagued by Taliban violence as militants seek to disrupt governance and security in the region. There were no CJTF-82 Soldiers or civilian casualties during this incident.  

Militants attack mosque, ANSF, ISAF assist injured

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 27) – Insurgents attacked a mosque at a combat outpost in the Kamdesh District, injuring two Afghan National Army soldiers, who were awaiting evening prayer on July 26.

The outpost was attacked with small arms fire, mortars, and a rocket-propelled grenade. The rounds impacted the outpost’s mosque.

Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members treated the soldiers for shrapnel wounds, and medically evacuated those who needed further treatment.

“These brave soldiers fight for the people of Afghanistan every day, and their sacrifices show that they truly care for the people,” said Captain Jay Ireland, the outpost commander. “These insurgents have shown they do not care about the people of Afghanistan, nor do they respect these soldiers’ right to practice their religion.”                     
ISAF is a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting the Afghan authorities in providing security and stability and creating the conditions for reconstruction and development.

ANSF, TF Mountain Warrior treat Afghan civilians injured by militant attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 22, 2009) – Militants injured innocent civilians for the second time in as many days in the village of Barge Matal, Afghanistan today.

Militants attacked the village with indirect fire, resulting in many wounded including a 12-year-old boy, and a pregnant woman. 

ANSF and TF Mountain Warrior Soldiers treated the civilians for their wounds, and medically evacuated those requiring further treatment.

Yesterday, militants fired a rocket propelled grenade into the village sawmill, destroying a major source of revenue for the town. The attack also caused severe damage to the village school. 

In the past 10 days, more than 10 innocent Afghans have been wounded as a result of anti-Afghan violence in Barge Matal, and one has been killed.

“These militants are nothing more than common thugs,” said Lt. Col. Clarence Counts, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-82. “They prey on these citizens using threats, intimidation and violence; they claim to be for the people but in actuality, all they offer the Afghan people is death and destruction.”

No TF Mountain Warrior or ANSF soldiers were injured or killed in the attack.