Petraeus Re-Enlists 113 TF No Slack Soldiers

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Forces commander, recites the oath of re-enlistment to 113 soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province April 11. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell.

Joint Forces Continue Marawara Operations

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army soldier enters a house in Marawara District during a joint clearing, Operation Strong Eagle III, with Task Force No Slack Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 29. Insurgents used the area to stage attacks on International Security Assistance Forces and civilians. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Cameron Boyd, 982nd Combat Camera)

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Petraeus Visits Bastogne Troops At Remote COP

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan commander, speaks to Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)

Kunar Celebrates Farmer’s Day With Iowa ADT

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Farmers pack a room at the Agricultural Compound in Asadabad, the provincial capital, March 31 to celebrate Farmer's Day, an event underwritten by the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team Public Affairs)

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Iowa ADT Helps Orchard Spring From Rocky Field

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Bill Dunbar of Plymouth, Iowa, valued added processing specialist with the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team, discusses the rapid progress made on the Bar Chage Demonstration Farm, March 13, with Haji Hazrat Ali Gul, a successful local fruit producer who owns the land on which the demonstration farm is built.

(Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn)

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Mazaar Valley Road Opens In Kunar

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Kunar Provincial government officials, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team leadership and Afghan elders walk to the Mazaar Valley Road ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25. The Mazaar Valley Road stretches 3.5 kilometers into Nurgol District’s populous Mazaar Valley. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

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Snow And Fire On The Mountain

A 120 mm mortar round flies out of the tube as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ramey J. Brown (left), a section sergeant from Marshville, N.C., Spc. Tyler L. Dillon (center), a team leader from Williamstown, W.Va., and Pvt. Gabriel C. Fields (right), from Fort Worth, Texas, all mortarmen assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Kunar take cover while at Observation Post Mustang in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Jan. 26. “It gets pretty intense sometimes when firing, especially if a firefight is going on,” said Dillon. Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell.

Iowa ADT Small Poultry Project A Sustainable Success

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Hosai Sediqi of San Diego, linguist for the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, is greeted by Afghan girls outside their home in Karula, a small town outside of Asadabad, the capital of Afghanistan's Kunar Province. The Iowa ADT visited the home Jan. 13 to conduct a quality assurance/quality control check of a small poultry project that provided 23 hens and two roosters to each of six families who live in Karula. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

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Operation Eagle Claw II: Visiting The Taliban At Home

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Richard A. Darvial (kneeling), a combat medic from Amery, Wis., takes cover while U.S. Army Spc. Corey C. Canterbury, a mortar man from Ocean Springs, Miss., fires mortars from a mountain top overlooking the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Dec. 11. Both Soldiers are assigned to Bayonet Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, and were supporting Operation Eagle Claw II. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Iowa ADT Assesses Local Farms

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Pat Birgy of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., left, contracting officer for the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Scott Rottinghaus of Waterloo, Iowa, production agriculture specialist for the ADT, right, visit through an interpreter with local farmer Mohammed Wali Abrahim and his family near Asadabad in Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 30. The ADT conducted a foot patrol in the Asadabad area to assess winter crop conditions and build relationships with farmers in the area. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

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Pech River Valley Patrol

A Jamaican native, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McCarthy Phillip (center), an infantry squad leader who resides in Decatur, Ga., assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and other soldiers patrol in a small village in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, Nov. 20. Photo by Mark Burrell.

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Village Patrol

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A teenage boy looks outside his door as U.S. Army Marcos E. Figueroa, a radio operator from Corozal, Puerto Rico, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Bulldog), 101st Airborne Division, provides security during a patrol of a village in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 20. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Women’s Justice Shura

An Afghan woman listens intently to a speech during the Women’s Justice Shura Nov. 30 at the Kunar Province Ministry of Culture and Information. Organized by the Kunar Province Department of Women’s Affairs, the shura brought together more than 80 women from across the province to discuss their collective issues and provide education on the 15-month-old legislation which bans violent and oppressive treatment of women. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio)

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Kunar Congratulations

An Afghan National Army soldier smiles and shakes hands with U.S. Army Spc. Joshua D. Heinbuch after discovering a cache of weapons in Dag Mene, a village in eastern Kunar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2010. Heinbuch is an infantryman is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell

Night Guard Shift At Combat Outpost Penich

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brandon Brouhard, a combat medic assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, during his guard shift at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Nov. 3. “We’re looking for suspicious activity because in the night time is when insurgents come off of the mountains and mess with the villagers,” said the Modesto, Calif., native. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell)

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Market Assessment Finds Little Homegrown Food

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Pat Birgy of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., the contracting officer for the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, checks his watch after getting fruit prices from a vendor at the Asadabad bazaar Oct. 17. Asadabad is the capital of Afghanistan's Kunar Province. Birgy and other ADT members conducted a market survey of Asadabad food prices during their visit. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team)

Calls In Mortar Fire

 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. William B. James of Columbus, Ga., forward observer for 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, calls in mortar fire during a more than three-hour fire fight at the Shege East Afghan National Police checkpoint Sept. 18. An estimated two dozen Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire. Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

 

Afghan Police Put Training To Use

 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan police officer conducts a vehicle search at a traffic control point outside Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 28. Prior to establishing the temporary checkpoint, Afghan officers trained with International Security Assistance Force personnel at the base and reviewed their traffic control point procedures. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

 

Coalition Forces Ready Mountaintop Post

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – From left, U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin D. Riedemann of Lemars, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pfc. Dustin Wade of Mulberry, Fla., with 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, help move materials at a mountaintop observation post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Sept. 21. The unit visited Observation Post Rocky to help prepare for transferring the base from the Afghan National Police to the Afghan National Army by the end of October. The handover will allow more police officers to be placed at stations closer to more heavily populated areas. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Keeps Watch During A Patrol Halt

U.S. Army Pfc. David B. James keeps watch during a patrol halt in the Watapur Valley, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on July 23, 2010.

Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces visited the village of Qatar Kala to inform residents of the upcoming election and to discuss security in the area.

DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, U.S. Army. (Released)

Ready For Night Assault

U.S. Army soldiers prepare to move across a bridge outside the town of Badmuk ready to assault Taliban forces suspected to be hiding in the town in the Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the of 101st Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 237th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Jackson

Operation Strong Eagle II

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan Border Police officer prepares to depart Forward Operating Base Joyce as part of Operation Strong Eagle II July 18. The goal of the operation was to clear insurgents from the village of Chenar, deny them safe haven and extend the reach of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The operation took place in the Ghaki Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province and involved approximately 425 Coalition Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Indirect Fire

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pvt. Michael L. Stephenson, of Bell, Fla., an indirect fire infantryman with the Mortar Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, adjust the sights of his 81mm mortar system at Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk high above the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, July 5. Coalition forces pushed insurgents out of the district only days earlier and are setting up permanent outposts to prevent insurgents from returning to the area. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)