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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