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July Newsletter

July Newsletter

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Published by: Christine Charles Foster Austin on Aug 04, 2011
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 July Edition
Dakota Troop 3-4 CAV Newsletter
Dakota Family and Friends,As always, it is a privilege to write to each of you about your Troopers’ performance over the pastmonth. We are excited to be one month closer toredeployment, but we rarely have time to thinkabout it. The squadron’s requirements for supportare quite high as we support two cavalry troops, oneinfantry troop, an infantry company, and a militarypolice company- not to mention a tremendousgroup of civilian attachments and enablers. Whilethe demands are great, your Soldiers repeatedlyshow that there is no challenge to great for thisTroop. July 2011 was a busy month for the Soldiers of Dakota Forward Support Troop. The troop focusedon supporting new bases throughout easternNanagarhar at locations that include Kuz Kunar, BatiKot, and Mohmand Darah. Each of these sites is anamed “Key Terrain District,” a population centerthat can give a marked advantage to either theGovernment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistanor the insurgency. Dakota Troop has helpedtransform each of the locales into livable areas withmaintenance support, field feeding sites, and adegree of comfort for our brave cavalrymen. Bydelivering generation, kitchens, fuel distributionpoints, and various supplies, the Dakota distributionplatoon helped ensure the security of the “tip of thespear” of Task Force Raider. E
orts by individualtroopers highlighted the Dakota commitment tosupport. For example, SPC Brian Garner raced tocook enough for a two Raider platoons and two Cactiplatoons at Kuz Kunar during and after a firefight,granting our tired Warriors a respite from the fight.
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Beyond the Key Terrain Districts, other “steadystate” operations generally went unnoticed like mostwell-executed logistics. For example, themaintenance platoon recovered nine vehiclesthroughout the month while maintaining anoutstanding operational readiness rate. Thedistribution platoon never failed to execute a combatlogistics patrol, continuing their impeccable record of safe logistics movements while consistently workingto minimize their impact on the local population. Allthe while, Dakota’s fine non-commissioned o
cersfound time to train their Soldiers, culminating in a“Dakota Challenge” training event on ForwardOperating Base Shinwar in between missions.Whether providing a barbecue on the 4thof July,staying up all night to fix a generator for our fellowRaiders, or delivering fuel to support the squadron’sincessant patrolling, Dakota Troop has once againproven its commitment to the support mission in July2011.We thank you for your steady support, and wecannot emphasize enough how much your letters,phone calls, packages, thoughts, and prayers mean tous every day. We look forward to reuniting the entireDakota Family on Oahu. Until then, Mahalo and Aloha.Dakota!Captain Brian Hughes andFirst Sergeant Robert Vanhoose

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