30 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Platoon making best of outpost situation
A platoon of 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment soldiers from Fort Drum live austerely in the shadow of the Fish Mountains.

When they arrived at Combat Outpost Thiener earlier this year, they lived under the Dand District sun, out of a cluster of armored trucks, protected only by earthen berms. Today, conditions here are slightly improved, but the soldiers enjoy none of the amenities of personnel living on huge bases in the rear.

News: Coalition continues school supply delivery in Faryab province
Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, are continuing the delivery of more than $50,000 in school supplies to students in Faryab.

The pens, paper and book bags were purchased on the local economy with Commander’s Emergency Response Program funds. In early October the contractor delivered more than 7,500 book bags filled with notebooks and pens.

New Sgt. Audie Murphy inductees celebrated
The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk chapter of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club –– Bayou Chapter –– awards induction ceremony was held Nov. 4 at Bayou Theater.

The four noncommissioned officers on stage stood out as they were inducted into the Bayou chapter: Sgt. 1st Class David Dean, 162nd Infantry Brigade; Sgt. 1st Class Michael Saner, 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Sgt. Christy Bennett, Noncommissioned Officer Academy; and Sgt. Kelly Yates, 115th Combat Support Hospital.

Fort Polk Combat Advisors Home
Six soldiers recently turned in their weapons to Alpha Company, 6th Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade in November after a nine-month deployment as combat advisors in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division tells us about Triple Deuce Awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer

Triple Deuce has pictures from end of tour award ceremonies and Thanksgiving day.

Press Release- “Triple Deuce” Exceeds Expectations with Afghan National Army

KABUL, Afghanistan - Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus arrived at the Kabul Military Training Center on November 27 to present a Meritorious Unit Commendation to the 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment (Triple Deuce) 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Triple Deuce received the award for their exemplary execution of their combat and advisory mission to the Afghan National Army. Petraeus applauded the accomplishments of the unit and shared his appreciation for their success. “It is great to be with Soldiers who have responded exceptionally to this non-standard mission,” he said.

The history of the Triple Deuce can be traced back to the War of 1812 when the original regiment was formed. The regiment has been present in numerous conflicts: Spanish American War, Philippines Insurrection, Vietnam, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Historically, it is rare for a unit to receive an award of this nature while still in theater performing the mission. Typically, it takes six months to one year to receive this award. However, their commitment enabled them to complete the mission far beyond expectations. Triple Deuce was the only battalion with the capability to accomplish this mission.

The unit initially prepared for a different mission but when they arrived in January they received a new task. Their new mission placed the responsibility of training and advising more than 70 percent of the Afghan National Army across 18 locations throughout Afghanistan.

"The 2-22 IN Battalion was a game changer for NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan," said Deputy Commander General-Army, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan and Commander, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Gary S. Patton.

Along with executing the combat and advisory mission across the country, Triple Deuce also manned Personal Security Detachments for Regional Support Commands in Bagram, Kandahar, Her’at, Kabul, Mazar-E-Sharif, Ghazni, Khost, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Wardak and Logar provinces, all areas of intense enemy activity. These detachments conducted daily patrols providing critical support for Afghan National Security Force infrastructure.

In the past year, Triple Deuce revamped the training mission allowing ANA to meet recruitment goals earlier than planned and assisted in improving the quality of the graduating recruits. Col. Mohammad Hashim, ANA deputy of Training and Education Affairs is pleased with the units’ efforts. “They introduced and brought a new standard of training to ANA, they made big improvements from how things were done previously,” he said.

Since their deployment began Triple Deuce has improved training for more than 50,000 ANA soldiers, officers, and non-commissioned officers nationwide. Due to the efforts of the Triple Deuce, the ANA is now capable of carrying out complex operations with little to no assistance.

“Deeds not words” is the motto of Triple Deuce. Their accomplishments at Kabul Military Training Center show the unit lives by their motto. Army Capt. Daniel A. Gregory, Charlie Company commander reflected on the improvements he witnessed within the ANA. “The ANA completely runs the Basic Rifle Marksmanship training with a 98 percent qualification rate for every unit that passes through.”

The unit directed improvements of training in a variety of areas as well as in the development and oversight of projects supporting Afghan National Security Force. The efforts of Triple Deuce resulted in an increase of the quality as well as quantity of the ANA force. "This historic unit arrived in Afghanistan as the lead battalion of the first brigade of the surge ordered by President Obama,” said Patton. “They have performed magnificently over these last 12 months doing what would be considered a non-standard mission for a combat infantry battalion - training Afghan soldiers, NCOs, and officers, and building new units for the Afghan National Army.”

The success of the unit was not limited to the training of the ANA soldiers. Army Lt. Col. Michael J. Loos, Triple Deuce battalion commander, is pleased with the relationships that have been formed between the unit and the ANA. “We have built lasting friendships, this is the first deployment that I am sad to depart,” he said.

Hashim was sad to see Triple Deuce leave, “We are very appreciative to this unit. We have good relationships with them and they will always be in our hearts,” he said.

Triple Deuce will return to their home base at Fort Drum, N.Y. in time for the holidays.

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29 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Fort Drum Water Tower Revamped

Antonia sheds light on 4-10 mission
The Czech Republic Minister of Defense, Dr. Alexandr Vondra, spoke with Task Forces Patriot and Bayonet leaders while visiting the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6.
During his visit to the Czech PRT on Forward Operating Base Shank, Vondra sat down with Col. Bruce Antonia, commander of Fort Polk’s TF Patriot and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and Col. James Johnson, commander of TF Bayonet and the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy.

News: Delivering School Supplies to Faryab Province
Just as children in the United States return to school in the fall, children in Afghanistan continue their education after a month-long break during Ramadan.

This year children returned in mid-September, and the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, took the opportunity to fulfill a need that is sought after regularly – school supplies.

Army medical profiles going to digital database
The Army's medical profiles are going digital in an effort to track and treat soldiers' injuries.

Handwritten notes from medical professionals that temporarily keep soldiers from performing physical tasks that might exacerbate their injuries sometimes get lost and aren't part of a searchable database.

The e-Profile program, which will come to Fort Drum once a pilot program ends this month, aims to fix that, Col. Kelly Wolgast, chief nurse executive of U.S. Army Medical Command, told Army News Service.

Youtube Video
Major General James L. Terry, Commander 10th MTN Div (LI) along with 205 HERO CORPS Afghan National Army Commanding General wish the Cadets a win over Navy.

Wednesday Pictures: Some Members Of Triple Deuce Come Home

From Facebook
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division gives us several stories today.
Soldiers increase communication capabilities, Delivering School Supplies to Faryab Province and Unify, Train the Police Force of Afghanistan

1-71 Cavalry "Ghost" Squadron also has 2 stories

2nd BN 22nd INF has several pictures from the welcome home ceremony, an end of tour award ceremony in Afghanistan and the rear detachment serving Thanksgiving dinner.

1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV has links to pictures of Alpha and Charlie Company in Afghanistan.

Pvt Devon J. Harris

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pvt. Devon J. Harris, 24, of Mesquite, Tex., died Nov. 27 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, at Ft. Polk, La.

For additional background information on this soldier, news media representatives may contact the Ft. Polk public affairs office at 337-531-7203.

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Press Release- Fort Drum Community kicks off Holiday Season Celebration

Fort Drum, NY – The Fort Drum community kicks off the 2010 annual Holiday season with a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies on December 1st beginning at 5:15pm. The event will be held just outside the Main Post Chapel on Po Valley Road.

The ceremony will be followed by a holiday party at Youth Services.

Media interested in covering the tree lighting should meet at the Media Operations Center on NY Route 26 at 4:30 p.m. For further information regarding this advisory contact Kae Young, Public Affairs, 315-772-5463

28 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

News: Unify, train the police force of Afghanistan
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs

Vt statue honors members of Army ski division

News: ‘Triple Deuce’ Exceeds Expectations with Afghan National Army
Also known by the military as 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Independent film shooting in Leesville
Newlyweds David and Sunny Noble married one month ago in Florida, then rushed back to central Louisiana to begin production on their first feature length film.

Noble is a Major in the U.S. Army, and is stationed at Fort Polk.

Families greet returning 1st BCT soldiers at post

Students prepare gift boxes for troops
Along with the local soldiers, gift boxes will also go to a Fort Drum-based unit the local Red Cross recently “adopted”: the a platoon from the Army’s 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.

St. Johns grad gets hero's welcome
ST. JOHNS, MI - Army Spc. Matt Hayes of the 10th Mountain Division received a hero's welcome at St. Johns Middle School on Wednesday.

24 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The Fallen
Chittenango community bids Sgt. Edward Bolen farewell

The Fort Drum Mountaineer Online
The Mountaineer Online
Several updated stories.

Fort Polk Guardian
Fort Polk Guardian
Several updated stories.

Northern Afghanistan Sees Security, Governance Progress, Northern Afghanistan sees Security, Governance Progress
In a live digital video conference from Camp Mike Spann in Mazar-e Sharif, Army Col. Willard Burleson updated reporters on the work his brigade, a component of the 10th Mountain Division, is doing in Regional Command-North.

Finding the Right Tool to Tell a War Story
Does it really matter what camera Damon Winter used to make these beautifully composed images? I don’t think so. It’s the images that are important.

Whenever possible, I avoid writing about camera gear. The photographer takes the picture, not the equipment. Few people care what kind of typewriter Hemingway used.

But it happens that Mr. Winter quickly realized — after trying a few shots — that his iPhone would be an effective way to capture the day-to-day trials of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division in northern Afghanistan.

An Army ranger returns: It was all about the gift of freedom
Sgt. Edward Hickman visits hometown school to talk to students.

News: US Army mechanic assures Afghans retain power of information
Just then, U.S. Army Cpl. Mitchell A. Weaver, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Task Force Storm’s Company F, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, arrived in a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle. The Williamsport, Md., native broke out his pliers, wire strippers, multimeter and a fully charged replacement battery, working silently and vigorously to find the source of the generator’s failure.

Drum brigade commander: Afghanistan Taliban giving up

Facebook Info
3-71 Cavalry Regiment "Titans" 10th Mountain Division,FT Drum,NY
We get news of a complimentary meal for Ft Drum soldiers from 3/71 Cav.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
2nd BCT Commander COL Miller has a letter wishing everybody a happy holiday season.

1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV
1BDE Rear Detachmnet leadersip will be serving Thanksgiving dinner between 1400 and 1500 24 NOV at the Riva Ridge DFAC Building P10305. Meal rates are $5.95 for Family of E-4 and Below and $7.00 for all others, hope to see you there.

2nd BN 22nd INF
Pictures of the families preparing to Welcome Triple Deuce Home and also of Echo Co in Afghanistan.

Field of Dreams
Facebook and Staff Sgt. David Sawler give us a story about Soldiers of the military police platoon of Alpha Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.

21 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The Fallen
Sahuaro HS grad killed in Afghanistan buried in Tucson
Friends and family of Sgt. 1st Class Todd M. Harris, 37, formerly of Tucson, remembered him at his funeral service Saturday in Tucson.

Media was not permitted to cover the funeral or the burial. Harris' family wanted the events to remain private.

Ft Polk Guardian
‘Lightning’ has busy start to fourth Middle East deployment

Veterans Day honors Soldiers, their Families

ACP (access control point) upgrades delayed by rain

Vote for your favorite logo for Fort Polk’s ISSP

Fort Polk to be site of Longleaf pine carbon research

BPSB signs MOA with Fort Polk
A memorandum of agreement between the Beauregard Parish School Board and Fort Polk was signed at last night's school board meeting.

115th CSH trains with 162nd Inf Bde C-IED company

TAMSC intructors training matter of life, death

Focusing on Soldiers who sacrifce so much

Other News
Kilduff is off to Afghanistan
PFC Brian Kilduff has deployed to Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Kevin Wilkinson column: Heroes, angels earn titles with service

HELICOPTER REHAB: After 11 years, Cobra Retirement Program wrapping up

News: TF Slugger commander, Wardak gov. share tea, fellowship
Wardak province Gov. Mohammad Halim Fidai and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Chambers, commander of 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment met on Nov 16 to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid.

Hammond mother fights to get son treated for PTSD
When Rene Schwappach’s son Gerald (“Jerry”) left for Iraq in 2007, she never imagined he would come back “somebody different.”

Fort Drum Doctor calls PTSD “behavioral health condition”

18 November 2010

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Ft Polk Guardian

HEARTS AND MINDS: Troops work to stabilize local Afghan government

AUSA Veteran's Day luncheon about recognizing service

HUNT FOR HEROES: Spc. Louis Dahlman, Army

Local man recalled to active duty in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Col. James DaPore has been recalled to active duty for the second time. But for DaPore, a Centerville resident, he wanted to do it and doesn't seem to mind because he has been serving his country for decades during his 41-year military career.

News: TF Mountain Eagle takes over aviation support operations

LIFE AFTER COMBAT: Civilian clergy learn the effects of deployment

Students' activities promote sodality
COMMUNITY DAY: Calcium pupils create harvest decorations for soldiers' dinner

15 November 2010

Sgt Edward Bolen

A Soldier from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Ft Polk, LA was killed in Logar province, Afghanistan, Wednesday November 10, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

Killed is Sergeant Edward H. Bolen, age 25, of Chittenango, NY. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Bolen joined the Army in November 2006. After training he arrived at Fort Polk in June 2007 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom that same year.

Bolen's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Warrior Leadership Course, the Emergency Medical Technical Basic Course, the Force XXI Battalion
Command-Brigade Level Course and the Airborne Course.

Bolen is survived by his wife, mother and father.

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Report: Syracuse-area soldier killed in Afghanistan

Former St. John Fisher College student dies while fighting in Afghanistan

Chittenango soldier Sgt. Edward Bolen killed in Afghanistan

Former St. John Fisher student dies in Afghanistan

Former St. John Fisher student dies in Afghanistan

Chittenango soldier killed in Afghanistan had just returned from his wedding, honeymoon

Community mourns soldier

14 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

AAFES rewards those who ‘made the grade’
Military children, especially those with deployed parents, face unique stresses that often result in higher rates of school absenteeism and failure, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Keeping these challenges in mind, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service established an educational rewards program that continues to receive high marks from students and parents alike.

Now in its 10th year, the “You Made the Grade” program recognizes Fort Polk students who achieve a “B” average or better with a benefits-filled booklet. Exclusive offers include a free Burger King kids meal, video rental and $2 off any new release DVD at the Power Zone and more.

News: Enabling Intelligence Collection Success in Northern Afghanistan
The Operational Management Team of the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion provides support and oversight to Intelligence Collection Teams operating in Northern Afghanistan - consistently operating behind the scenes to provide team leaders the resources needed to complete their missions.

Special Film Screening For Redding Soldier
A Redding soldier returns home for a military salute and special film screening. Army Sergeant Tad Donoho was one of the soldiers featured in the award-winning documentary "Restrepo".

Drum spouses relax at craft fair

12 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Enjoy FallFest, holiday shopping Saturday
Are you ready to sample some of the best chili Fort Polk has to offer?

Stop by the chili booths at Fort Polk’s fifth annual FallFest Saturday and vote for your favorite to win the people’s choice award.

Fort Polk News briefs Nov 11-12

Explosion at Drum heard in wide area

Purple Heart recipient on way home to Oglesby
U.S. Army Spec. Seth Holmes will be coming home to Oglesby soon — and wearing the Purple Heart.
Holmes, 28, was wounded in Afghanistan in May 2009 and was awarded the Purple Heart on Oct. 27.

10th Mountain Aviation Takes over Afghan Skies

TF Dagger uncases colors, rolls up sleeves
After training for more than a year to prepare for the mission in Afghanistan, the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion uncased its colors during a brief ceremony on Forward Operating Base Shank Nov. 4.

The battalion, dubbed Task Force Dagger, is part of Task Force Patriot, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, which cased the brigade and six battalion colors during a deployment ceremony at Fort Polk Sept. 30.

Vets on Campus: CNY colleges extend support to returning veterans

Fort Drum Observes Veterans Day

Care packages to benefit deployed service members

Vets of all ages honored at Expo Center ceremony
Last year, Army Spc. Adam Richardson spent Veterans Day in Iraq.

This year, the 2005 West York Area High School graduate was among nearly 1,000 veterans at the York County Veterans Affairs Office's annual Veterans Day breakfast ceremony Thursday morning at the York Expo Center.

Richardson, an active duty soldier stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y., heard about the ceremony from his father and came home to be honored among hometown veterans of all ages and conflicts.

For veterans, leaving family is the hardest part
10th Mountain division soldier, Spc Jessica Dorans, is focus of story.

‘If it goes ‘boom,’ we’re trained for it,’ says EOD Soldier, 705th cases colors, prepares for OEF deployment
Two stories on upcoming deployment of Ft Polk based unit.

Gillibrand among senators visiting Afghanistan, Pakistan

07 November 2010

SPC Blake D. Whipple

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Blake D. Whipple, 21, of Williamsville, N.Y., died Nov. 5 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 7th Engineering Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Family of Fallen Soldier in Delaware to Receive His Body

Fort Drum soldier's remains return home today

Former student, fallen soldier
SBU remembers Blake Whipple

In memory of a devoted soldier
Mourners honor life, ultimate sacrifice of a special young man

NY soldier remembered as 'fearless,' 'loving'

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Sgt Michael F. Paranzino

A soldier from Middletown has lost his life in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 22-year-old Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino was killed in Kandahar on November fifth, when insurgents attacked his unit.

Paranzino was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Department of Defense officials have not released any additional details on Paranzino's death at this time.

Paranzino's family tells Eyewitness News Michael leaves behind a wife and two children.

Middletown Soldier Remembered During Veterans Day Ceremony in Newport

A short life, a large loss: R.I. honors Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino

A Community and Nation Honor Fallen Middletown Soldier
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Sergeant First Class Todd M. Harris

A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Badghis province, Afghanistan, on Wednesday November 3rd , from wounds sustained in a small arms attack.

Killed is Sergeant First Class Todd M. Harris, age 37, of Tucson, Arizona. He was an indirect fire infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Brigade Combat Team in March 2010.

Harris joined the Army in February 1998. His previous duty assignments include Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg. He arrived at Fort Drum in August 2009. Harris previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003 and 2006 and Suriname in 2008.

Harris’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He also completed the basic Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, and again with the High Risk component, the Infantry Mortar Platoon Officer training, the Advance Leadership Course, the Warrior Leadership Course, the Airborne School, the Air Assault School and the Combat Lifesavers Course.

Harris is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

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