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 fury Focus July 2007

Contents
4 Heat Casualty Awareness
6 Governance for the people
11 Insect Hunter
18 Operation Achilles
20 Fury Fotos
On the cover

A villager greats Afghan National Police while the ANP


search houses in the village of Pana, which is located in
the Andar district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, June
9. The ANP were met at the door by the villagers during
the search. Some of the villagers offered the policemen
food and drink as they searched their homes. (Photo by
Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO)

Task Force Fury Commander


Col. Martin P. Schweitzer This Army magazine is an authorized publi-
cation for members of the
Task Force Fury Cmd Sgt. Major Department of Defense.
Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Flowers Contents of Fury Focus are not necessarily
the official views of, or endorsed by the U.S.
Task Force Fury PAO Government, the Department of Defense or
Maj. Donald Korpi the Department of the Army.
Editorial content is the
Task Force Fury PA NCOIC responsibility of the Task Force Fury Public
Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Bailey Affairs Office.
Fury Focus is published monthly by the Task
Task Force Fury Journalists Force Fury Public Affairs Office, HHC 4th
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Sgt. Matthew Clifton propriety, policy, clarity and space.
July 2007 fury Focus 
Fury 6: Take pride in work, remain focused
Since the last Fury Focus update in early June, this task force. I am extremely proud of the dedication,
our Task Force has lost another brother in arms. selflessness, and professionalism the command sergeant
We mourn the loss of our comrade; Sgt. Dustin J. major and I have seen throughout all formations, even
Perrott, 23, he was a Team Leader with 2nd Platoon, under the most demanding circumstance. Thank you.
Company A, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Do not let your guard down. Always remember you
Regiment. We will not forget the efforts and sacrifices are an ambassador, not just for the Armed Services, but
of all those from within our formations who have for your families and for all the people of the United
paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending their nation States. You may be the only part of America that many
and freeing an oppressed people. of the Afghan people or other servicemembers from
SGT Perrott was killed on May 21st while our NATO partners ever meet.
conducting a combined patrol as part of Operation Remember the values for which you serve and
Maiwand in Ghazni Province. He gave his life always ensure your actions are in line with those values
creating choice for the people of Ghazni and and beliefs we are here to protect. Continue to endure
Fury 6
Afghanistan; something the criminal Taliban fear because despite the best efforts of the enemy, we are
COL Martin P. Schweitzer
the most, an informed populace with the freedom to winning and winning with honor. Keep getting after
make decision on their own. Thanks to the efforts of Sgt. Perrott it with vigor and diligence.
and all the brave paratroopers of Task Force Fury, the people are As many of the soldiers take the opportunity to rest and relax
choosing their government over the twisted vision of the enemy. with friends and family this summer, please ensure that safety is
Through Operation Maiwand, the Afghan Army and Afghan planned into your activities.
Police, with our assistance, were able to bring the people’s future We cannot afford to lose even one Soldier or family member
of progress and opportunity a little closer. More than 260 tons of due to poor decision making and a failure to plan. Ensure risk
much needed humanitarian aid was delivered, almost 3,300 people management is being conducted not just in the field, but incorporated
received medical aid and over 10 schools which were closed for into all our activities.
more than a year reopened. Finally to the families of Task Force Fury, thank you just is not
We are making a difference here and be proud that you have a enough to say the appreciation and respect I have for all your efforts
role in it, regardless of whether you are in the TOC, at the FOB or both at home and to support your paratrooper. We could not be
in the field your efforts are critical to the success of our Task Force successful without your prayers, strength and support.
and the future of the Afghan people.
I would like to take the opportunity to mention a few things to All the Way! Fury From the Sky!
all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians working for Col. Schweitzer

Fury 9: Afghan, Fury teamwork leads way


Greetings to all. seen in my career.
As we move into the middle of the year here, The commander and I want to make sure you, the
our troopers are making excellent strides in assisting family, understand the information so you can make
the citizens of Afghanistan and their military move an informed decision that provides the best situation
forward. for your family.
As I move through the battlespace and see the This young brigade combat team of ours is getting
young men and women of Task Force Fury conduct- things done everyday in a fashion like they’ve been
ing operations for security and stabilization, I’m around a lot longer than a year. We continue to con-
amazed by the teamwork that is being conducted by stantly learn new things and adapt to any situation that
the Afghans and our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and we encounter, building a stronger more capable team.
Marines! I would like to remind troopers and their families
Troopers seem to understand their areas well that there is still time to put a little savings away for the
enough to tell you who’s who and with several dif- opportunity to take a needed vacation when your loved
Fury 9
ferent dialects being spoken in our areas most of our one comes home.
CSM Richard Flowers
troopers can at a minimum give the greeting of the In closing, I hope everyone is enjoying what’s left of
day in both Pashtu and Dari. I encourage all Soldiers to continue the summer months. With Independence Day fast approaching as
build on their language skills, you never know when one might a reminder I encourage you to please ensure safety with fireworks
have to rely on this skill. around children and the families. It would be a heart wrenching
We continue to see a rise in the number of promotions in our event if anyone were to become injured due to carelessness.
ranks and troopers still want to stay with the Army, reenlisting ev- I wish you all Godspeed and take care.
eryday. Also if your trooper is eligible to reenlist, ensure he explains
the options that are presented to him, the amount of money and All the way! Fury From the Sky!
the other incentives because these are some of the best options I’ve Command Sgt. Maj. Flowers
 fury Focus July 2007

Heat can be a dangerous adversary


Hans Balke True or False; heat acclimatization results in reduced sweating
Task Force Fury Safety and a reduced need for water.
Answer: the most important biological adaptation from heat ac-
125-130°F….that’s what the temperature was here someone told me climatization is an earlier and greater sweating response. Therefore
the other day. But at least it was a dry heat, he said. Well, it still felt the answer is false; acclimatization actually increases sweating and
hot to me. the need for water, but reduces the electrolytes in the sweat.
When the weights in the gym are hot to the touch you know the True or False; heat acclimatization is best done in the cool(er)
ambient temperature is high. I’m sure you’ve already figured out the morning or evening hours; minimal work should be done during
topic of this months’ safety article…that’s right, weightlifting. Well, the hottest part of the day.
actually heat and how to ensure you do not become a heat casualty Answer: heat acclimatization requires a minimum daily heat
but you knew that. exposure of about two hours (can be broken into two 1-hour expo-
“According to the Army Medical Surveillance Activity, the De- sures) combined with physical exercise that requires cardiovascular
fense Medical Surveillance System reported that the Army experi- endurance.
enced 220 cases of heat stroke and 1685 cases of heat exhaustion in Therefore the answer is once again false; training should be
2006 (totals include Active and Reserve)”. done in the cooler parts of the day, but acclimatization in the hotter
I have been a heat casualty twice and it is no fun. It leaves you parts of the day.
susceptible to either a heat or cold injury for the rest of your life. Cardiovascular exercise done hard enough to induce sweat dur-
Besides that it also takes you out of the fight, so now you have to ing the hot part of the day causes the body to adapt.
be replaced. The USACHPPM 2003 Heat Acclimatization Guide for Ranger,
In addition personnel have to take care of you and monitor you. Airborne, & Other Elite School Students states that continuous
I avoided the invasive thermometer only because my buddies told physical exercise should be done for 100 minutes. Let’s just say I’m
the medics I’d kill them and I was coherent enough to mumble my working up to it.
assent. The key to reduce the combat loss from heat injury is prevention
Nobody was going to take a picture of me with my pants down. through composite risk management (CRM) and education.
So I was only in one of the initial stages of heat injury, which was The first line of defense is the awareness of the individual.
a good thing. An individual may experience symptoms which are not evident
Three variables interact to cause a heat injury; climate (tem- to any observers.
perature and humidity); intensity of activity; individual risk factors. This individual must be able to recognize the internal symptoms
Individual risk factors include: lack of heat acclimatization, cumula- and be able to communicate these to his/her leaders without fear of
tive exposure to heat, poor physical fitness, overweight, concurrent ridicule or punishment.
illness, medications/dietary supplements (such as ephedra), alcohol Dogging someone out for feeling light headed sends the wrong
use, prior history of heat injury, skin disorders, and age older than signal and aggravates the situation. This has nothing to do with a
40. “gentler” Army but everything to do with a smarter Army.
I would add one more variable and that is the accumulative ef- Some things to think about to reduce the possibility of a heat
fects of risk factors without a recuperative period. injury.
The climate we can do nothing about and neither, unfortunately, Know your Troopers; that means know whether or not they
can we do anything about the age risk factor. have been a heat casualty before; know what medications they are
Heat injuries are normally grouped under heat cramps, heat ex- taken; how they are feeling; how much water they drink; and know-
haustion, heat stroke and hyponatremia (water intoxication). ing they eat all their meals to replace electrolytes.
The first three symptoms and first aid procedures should be well The use of salt tablets is not recommended.
understood by every soldier. Every leader and supervisor should be familiar with TB MED
What maybe is not so well understood is that once a soldier is a 507, Heat Stress Control and Heat Casualty Management and also
heat casualty he/she may be on limited duty for anywhere a few days the USACHPPM 2003 Heat Acclimatization Guide for Ranger,
to a year and may result in a medical evaluation board. Airborne, & Other Elite School Students.
Heat injuries are required to be reported. Last but not least important is the thinking that needs to go into
Hyponatremia is actually caused by drinking too much water. the reception of new personnel.
This then dilutes the dodium and electrolytes to dangerous levels. A plan has to be in place to get newly arrived personnel ac-
The Army adopted a fluid replacement policy in 1998 after five climated.
cases of hyponatremia were reported whereby one resulted in a This plan should also include the personnel returning from
death. leave.
However, the most significant heat-related threats to soldiers They have been gone for about a month and whatever acclima-
by far remain those associated with too little, rather than too much, tization they had is now more than likely gone.
water consumption. They can not be expected to perform at the same ability as that
Current Army fluid replacement policy is designed to prevent before their departure.
both water intoxication risk and dehydration risks. The maximum Remember: every heat injury is preventable (under other than
amount of fluid replacement should be no more than 1 1/2 quarts actual combat conditions) and reportable.
per hour and not more than 12 quarts per day. Be cool and stay safe.
July 2007 fury Focus 
‘Feeding Freedom’ brings taste of home to Salerno
Sgt. Matthew Clifton to Al Asad, Iraq.
22nd Mobile Public Affairs A reoccurring
Detachment sentiment wherever
the people of Feeding
FORWARD OPERATING Freedom go is gratitude.
BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan They are very
– A large line could be seen thankful for what service
extending from the chow hall as members are doing,
the aroma of steak floated across but this sentiment is
the base. reciprocated by the
Soldiers on Forward enormous appreciation
Operating Base Salerno were the Soldiers have for the
treated to a little taste of home volunteers.
today when Feeding Freedom 5 “This is just our way
brought the down under taste of of saying thank you to
Outback Steakhouse to the base the troops,” said Lisa
dining facility. Ross, a regional service
Feeding Freedom is the name technician with Outback.
given to the program which “We are only here for a
brings food from Outback couple weeks, but these
Photos by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd MPAD
Steakhouse to service members guys are here for a year.”
deployed overseas. Master Sgt. Paula Powell, (left), support operations noncommissioned Most of the volunteers
Thanks to numerous officer-in-charge, CW2 Anita Williams, food service technician, and with Feeding Freedom
donations and volunteers from Capt. Pinkie Fischer, battalion chaplain, 782nd Brigade Support Bat- are actual owners and
the U.S., the troops at Salerno talion, 4th Brigade Combat Team enjoy food from Outback Steakhouse operators of Outback
enjoyed a vast menu including, June 13, 2007 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. Steak Houses and
but not limited to Ribeye steaks, Carrabba’s Italian Grills.
calamari, vegetable ravioli, chocolate and carrot cake and of course, Mark Moses, the owner of Carrabba’s in Fayetteville N.C., the
the signature Outback dish; the Bloomin’ Onion. city bordering Fort Bragg, is no stranger to the Army.
“It makes me feel real special to have these guys come over “Some of the 82nd [Airborne Division] guys presented me with
here and risk their own safety just to bring us something good to a unit patch, a flag and a certificate,” Moses said.
eat,” said Spc. Sharice Lidell, a water purification specialist for the Truly, this meal was about more than just food.
782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team. “I The volunteers of Feeding Freedom worked diligently
love steak and it really shows a lot about their character that they throughout the meal making sure every table had a fresh Bloomin’
come here.” Onion, clearing the empty plates for the troops and having friendly
So far Feeding Freedom 5 has been to Kuwait and are headed conversations with the Soldiers.
“Its such a reality check,” said Mandi Cannon,
a volunteer and regional service technician for
Carrabba’s. “Not a lot of people know exactly
what goes on over here.”
Cannon alluded to a mission she saw where
water was being loaded in an aircraft to be
dropped to people in the field.
“It shows me just how rough some of these
guys have it over here,” she continued. “And
that’s why I volunteered; strictly to say thank
you.”
During the dinner the atmosphere of the
dining facility was palpable. Laughter could be
heard mixed with compliments on the excellence
of the food, and everywhere there were the
volunteers chatting with the Soldiers.
“Everybody is so excited we are here,” Cannon
said. “When we were in Kuwait, I’ll always
remember what one of the guys said to me.
Mark Moses, owner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Fayetteville N.C. cooks steaks “He said, ‘Today’s chow tastes like freedom’.
for Soldiers June 13, 2007 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. That is something I will never forget.”
 fury Focus July 2007

ANSF, ISAF take first step, bring governance to the people


Sgt. Jim Wilt the people of Tangay, and
CJTF-82 PAO other small villages like
it, and the government of
TANGAY, Afghanistan - The village wasn’t Afghanistan.
what the Soldiers were used to. As Afghan
National Security Forces and the men of
Company A moved in to begin a cordon
U nder Afghan
leadership, ANSF
and ISAF Soldiers and
and search of the village, the children didn’t policemen cordoned and
come running up to them asking for candy searched the village of
or pens. Most of the boys and girls stayed Tangay in the Ghazni
at a distance. province of Afghanistan,
“It was kind of nice,” said Spc. Juan June 7.
Cortazar, a combat medic with Company The cordon and
A, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry search was the first step in Sgt. 1st Class Abdul Ghafar, a reconnaissance platoon
Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. “[The connecting the villagers to sergeant with the Afghan National Army, talks to villagers
children] didn’t come up and bug you for their government. in the village of Tangay in Ghazni province, Afghanistan,
stuff.” When the people of June 7.
According to the residents of the tiny Tangay answered the improvement.
village, the joint patrol was the first in the knocks at their doors, they weren’t greeted After completing the search of the town,
village since the previous summer, said 1st by American Soldiers. They were greeted Ghafar found the only evidence of Taliban
Lt. Aaron Childers, a platoon leader in Co. by Afghan National Policemen. in the area.
A, 2nd Bn., 508th PIR. The policemen were at the forefront of As he was leading the convoy out of the
The village of Tangay is a known Taliban the operation with support from the Afghan village, Ghafar said he noticed hand prints
strong hold and one of the targets of an National Army and in the road.
ANSF and International Security Assistance ISAF forces. The recon
Force operation. House by house platoon sergeant
Operation Mai Wand is trying to end the policemen went discovered a mine
the Taliban hold by forging a link between through checking for buried in one of
signs of the Taliban. the ruts.
Not a trace was It was placed
found. shortly before
Finding Taliban the trucks left the
members is a key part village. With the
of the mission, but not aid of engineers
the only part. Spc. Blake Emmerich, an infantryman with from the 82nd
The operation, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute A i r b o r n e
which is Afghan Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Division, the mine
planned and led, puts provides security for Afghan National Po- was destroyed.
the ANSF at the tip of licemen as they search a house in the village As Mai Wand
the spear, where the of Tangay in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, continues, the
people can see them. June 7. combined Afghan
“I think the ANA and American
are probably the best national symbol the team hopes to kindle the fire of governance
people have,” Childers, a native of Plano, in villages like Tangay.
Texas said. “I think the big part of Mai Wand isn’t
“People trust the ANA,” he said. “They us going into the village,” Childers said.
are a symbol of the national government.” “[It is] coming back later.”
It is also one of the organizations some The initial patrol into the town is only
of the men from Tangay would like to the first step in the operation. Childers
belong to. said the unit has plans for more visits to the
Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO Sgt. 1st Class Abdul Ghafar, a remote village.
Afghan National Policemen search a home reconnaissance platoon leader in the ANA, After the first venture into town, it is
in the village of Tangay in Ghazni prov- said several of the villagers asked how they hard to tell any difference but at least one
ince, Afghanistan, June 7. The policemen could become policemen or soldiers. paratrooper is optimistic.
are working together with International Ghafar said the willingness of the men “It will become a success,” Cortazar, a
Security Assistance Forces in the province to join their national security forces is a native of Grapevine, Texas, said. “It opened
as part of Operation Mai Wand. good sign for the village. It is a sign of the door for it.”
July 2007 fury Focus 
TF Fury, ANSF prepare for Operation Maiwand
Sgt. Jim Wilt Poland and the U.S. already
CJTF-82 PAO conducting joint training
in the field and Afghan

T ACTICAL ASSEMBLY AREA leaders training with their


THUNDER, Afghanistan – Behind an U.S. counterparts, Col.
old Russian barracks building, just 15 meters Martin Schweitzer, the
from three tents housing International commander of the 82nd
Security Assistance Force Soldiers, a team Airborne Division’s 4th
of Afghan National Army artillerymen Brigade Combat Team said
emplaced Soviet-built howitzers. “It’s already a success.”
In an abandoned courtyard, just on the Afghan Soldiers and
other side of the barracks, CH-47 Chinook Policemen will be leading
helicopters downloaded American artillery the operation, which will
to be used in tandem with the Afghan “big kick off in a matter days. Photos by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO

guns.” The operation has four Afghan National Army artillerymen make adjustments to
A few miles away, the same helicopter goals besides providing a howitzer which will be used in the Gazni Province of Af-
which brought the artillery to FOB training to ANSF. ghanistan, May 29. The howitzers will provide indirect fire
Lightning, dropped off a U.S. Army colonel At the end of the support to Afghan and International Security Assistance
to meet with ANA and Afghan National mission, the combined force Force Soldiers.
Police leaders and the Ghazni Provincial hopes to have increased
Governor Marijadeen Pataan. security of the main road in the province, government to increase security and address
From combined airdrop recoveries separated Taliban insurgents from the the needs of the people.
to combined briefings, ANSF and ISAF population, connected the Afghan people Currently, there are several reconstruction
Soldiers are preparing for Joint Operation to their government by creating conditions projects underway in the area such as the
Mai Wand, in the Ghazni province. that allow for civic leadership to hear and building of dams, schools and mosques.
Mia Wand is an Afghan planned, respond to the needs of the people at the “We obviously plan to build on this
coordinated and led operation with the district level, and at the end, leave a bolstered [during the operation,”] Schweitzer said.
goal of bringing security and governance to ANSF security presence, Schweitzer said. “It’s really about getting the people to
several districts in the province. “We realize the enemy of the Afghan look to the government,” he said. “The
The operation will also allow ISAF people, may attempt to use cowardly acts, [ANSF] is providing security and the
and ANSF forces to synchronize their against Afghan security forces and ISAF. [government] is providing livelihood but
war fighting capabilities by conducting This is simply because they are desperate the Taliban is only providing threats.”
combined training and operations on both and they have lost the war of ideas. They
the operational and command and control will not likely try to engage our forces in
level.
I
n an effort to bring the people to the
government, the governor is preparing
any direct large operations,” the 4th BCT several shuras, which are meetings with
With Soldiers from Afghanistan, commander said. tribal elders and leaders.
Without Taliban The provincial governor, Governor
interference, the Marijadeen Pataan, said he hopes to use the
Afghan Government shuras to find any weak spots in the province
hope to “increase and reinforce them.
the presence of In a conference on May 17, Pataan
government to theses expressed his hopes for the ANSF and his
villages without the feelings on the Taliban.
enemy present.” “I do not want to see a single American
“If we can get killed on our fields,” he said. “We will use
governance to the our own guys and I know we will have the
people, they almost upper hand.
always chose the “The Taliban kills teachers and burns
government over the schools,” he continued. “They are not
Taliban,” he said. only the enemy of us, they are the enemy of
While the Soldiers civilization.”
are fully prepared for The combined operation has already
Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade combat, the operation succeeded in improving the skills and
Combat Team unload a howitzer from a CH-47 helicopter at is truly about removing knowledge of the ANSF.
Forward Operating Base Lightning in Ghazni province May the insurgents and The next step is to use the new found
31. The howitzers will be used alongside Afghan artillery dur- setting the conditions knowledge to bring the government to the
ing combat operations in Ghazni province. that allow the people of Ghazni province.
 fury Focus July 2007

Delta Dawgs go the distance to support Operation Mai Wand


Sgt. Matthew Clifton just grab a bottle off
22nd Mobile Public of the pile,” Cosper
Affairs Detachment said.
“But for our guys
ANDAR DISTRICT, out there, if we’re
Ghazni, Afghanistan not there to re-fill
– When thinking of their supply, not only
a military offensive would they have to
operation, one’s mind abandon their post,
may immediately form their lives could
pictures of Soldiers on potentially be put in
the front lines fighting jeopardy.”
the enemy in a heated The positive
battle. attitude of Delta is
While this is almost unwavering and has
certainly the very even restored his
nature of offensive faith in the Army.
operations, these Everyone works as
front-line Soldiers Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd MPAD a team; everyone
would not be able to Sgt. Jeremy, McQuown, team leader, Headquarters Platoon, Troop Delta, 4th Squad- knows their roles and
fight and defeat the ron, 73rd Cavalry Reiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, un- most importantly
enemy if they were not loads a container of ‘hot chow’ for his comrades in Charlie Troop June 06, 2007 in the everybody know why
adequately supplied. Andar District of Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. they must work so
This is the job hard, Cosper said.
of Delta Troop, 4th “If we don’t want the enemy to leave Although Delta
Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment. Part the area, then [our troops] can’t leave the is not on the front lines, their job can be
of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd area, even to get supplies,” said Spc. Joe just as dangerous and difficult, as Delta sees
Airborne Division, Delta Troop’s mission is Cosper, a chemical specialist whose main most of their time on the road, continuously
to provide their brothers-in-arms with the job in Afghanistan is driving supplies for driving from one location to the next,
commodities needed for not only fighting the 4-73rd CAV. “We, [Delta Troop] know sometimes out so long their mission carries
the battle, but winning it. how hard it is for our guys staying out here, them into daybreak of the next morning.
This re-supplying mission applies to and it makes us work as hard as we can to The long distance they must travel leaves
the everyday support Delta provides for support them.” them prime to attacks from improvised
the 4-73rd CAV during their deployment in In fact, Delta Troop is the “workhorse”, explosive devices.
Afghanistan, but takes a more tangible and of the squadron according to Lt. Col. David “It’s hard on my guys, I know, but they
immense form during times when offensive Woods, commander, 4-73rd CAV. never complain and they know there is a
operations increase the need and scope “These guys are animals,” Woods said. purpose to what they do,” Huynh said. “We
of logistics. Such is the case in June for “If it weren’t for Delta Troop bringing try to have fun and joke around when its
Combined Operation Mai Wand. supplies to our guys, there would be no appropriate, but the length of these trips
“We have three troops, Alpha, Bravo operation because we would not be mission can test anyone.”
and Charlie, who we run supplies to on an capable.” Indeed, their resolve is put to the test,
average of every three days,” said 1st Sgt. This sentiment of appreciation for Delta for the troop routinely must travel many
Khanh Huynh, noncommissioned officer- Troop is not limited to the commander, but kilometers over the rough Afghan terrain.
in-charge, Troop D., 4-73rd CAV. “We is apparent on the faces of all the Soldiers They are lucky if their route contains only a
stage ourselves out of [Forward Operating in all the troops when Delta rolls to a stop fraction of road travel, but for the most part
Base] Sharana where we pick up the supplies at their locations, bringing with them the they drive across bumpy fields and wind
our troops need.” promise of at least a few creature comforts through rocky mountain passes.
This re-supplying effort is crucial to from the FOB. “Sure, its hard, but when we work so
the cavalry’s mission in Mai Wand, which Although the supplies may not seem well as a team, it takes some of the pressure
calls for the cavalry’s line units to prevent like much at first, water, food, fuel and the off,” Cosper said. “This job needs to be
insurgent movement out of the battle-space occasional hot meal and sodas are the driving done, and it will be done whether or not we
while the Afghan National Army clears the momentum that keeps the cavalry running have a good time doing it.
area. smooth and effective. Both through morale The key is to realize the effect our
In order for the troops of the 4-73rd and necessity. mission has on the people we work with and
CAV to prevent this movement, they must “We take a lot of this stuff for granted, the people we are working for. When you
stay ever vigilant, over watching their area, when were on the FOB we never think do that, all the hardships take a back seat to
scanning for Taliban movement. about how important it is to have water, we your motivation to do the best you can.”
July 2007 fury Focus 
4/73 provides outer security for Maiwand
Sgt. Matthew Clifton
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

ANDAR DISTRICT, Afghanistan – “Wadariga, wadiraga,” the


Soldier shouts, meaning stop in Pashto with his arm raised in the
air, hand balled in a fist.
The four-door, white compact station wagon rolls to a stop over
the broken rocks and dirt as the Soldier walks cautiously towards
the driver-side door.
The Soldier, Pfc. Joseph Moody, speaking through his translator,
tells the driver and passenger of the vehicle to step out of the car,
briefly looking over his shoulder to reaffirm the presence of his
covering security, hoping he won’t need it.
After a brief round of questioning and a short search of the
vehicle, all appears to be okay and Moody, once again talking
through his translator, wishes the men a good day and watches as
they disappear into the distance.
No sooner does the white station wagon dissolve into the Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd MPAD
horizon than a pair of jingle trucks, (large, commercial trucks
colorfully painted and laced with bells that make a ‘jingle’ sound Pfc. Bryan Salge, (left), combat medic, Headquarters and Head-
when they pass), emerge from the winding mountain road. quarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Bri-
Once again Moody shouts, approaches and questions the gade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Divison, provides security
occupants, never second-guessing the necessity of his job. while Pfc. Joseph Moody, an infantryman with HHT questions
This is the role of Moody, and his fellow Soldiers Headquarters locals during a traffic control point stop June 04, 2007 in the
and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment in Andar District of Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.
Operation Mai Wand.
Combined Operation Mai Wand is a mission between Afghan with the majority of the people they stop, said Pfc. Bryan Salge,
and Coalition Forces aimed at eliminating the enemy in areas of combat medic, HHT, 4-73rd.
Ghazni Province in order to allow the provincial government to “We know what could potentially happen every time vehicle
establish itself. approaches our checkpoint,” Salge said. “We just drive-on and do
With the 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army conducting the what we are here to do.”
main effort of this operation, it is up to units like the 4-73 CAV Being Soldiers in today’s Army, both Salge and Moody know
to support the corps by restricting enemy movement through the they must put their own lives into potential danger for the greater
Jarkana Mountains. good of America, Afghanistan or any country striving for freedom
A long and drawn out military explanation, but to Moody from oppresion.
and his fellow Soldiers, Mai Wand is translates into another in a “It feels good doing what we do, sure it could be dangerous,
long line of routine traffic control points and vehicle inspections but it’s worth it to know we are helping people who need our help,”
the Soldiers have become accustomed to since their deployment Salge said. “These people have been oppressed for so long, all they
began. want is peace and security.”
“Our job is to interdict the enemy from passing through the In fact, despite the underlying potential for danger, the TCP’s
mountains so they can’t maneuver away from the 203rd Corps while offer an excellent chance for the Soldiers of HHT to build a rapport
the area is being cleared,” said Lt. Col. David Woods, commander, with the locals and possibly generate intelligence.
4-73rd CAV, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Salge, for example, routinely gives medical aid to any ailing
“We have pushed through the areas we believed were hot with the civilian who stops at the checkpoint.
hopes of trapping the enemy in the area the Corps is clearing.” “Earlier, I treated two kids who fell off of a motorcycle,” Salge
“Basically, we stop all the traffic that comes out of the mountain said. “Their father just came up to me and told my interpreter
pass and ask the drivers questions,” Moody said. about the accident, so I grabbed my medic’s bag and patched them
Sitting atop of a large hill overlooking the pass, Moody and up.
others in his troop take turns throughout the day pulling guard in “Most of the time the people are more than willing to cooperate
the turrets of their HUMVEE’s, maintaining their weapons and with us, and its not hard to understand why. When you think about
personal hygiene and working the traffic control points. it, asking them where they are going, searching their vehicles and
“When we stop the people traveling we ask them where they giving them medical attention is pretty considerate compared to
are traveling and get some basic information from them,” Moody what the Taliban have done to them.”
said. “We ask their names, where they are coming from and where A never-relenting spirit is a vital commodity for Soldiers like
they are going.” Salge and Moody. Without it nothing could ever get done, but with
The danger of their job is not lost in the friendliness they share it countries can be born again, one vehicle checkpoint at a time.
10 fury Focus July 2007

Fury, Afghan Docs treat, train, learn in Miri


Sgt. Jim Wilt Ghazni. The patient agreed to
CJTF-82 PAO go there.
When medication was
MIRI, Afghanistan – Patient after patient prescribed for a chronic
filled through the gate at the hospital waiting problem, the question was
to be checked by the American doctors, a could it be obtained for the
rare opportunity for the people of Miri. long-term.
While U.S. Military doctors were at the If it was easily found at the
hospital to aid the people of the tiny village, pharmacy in the bazaar, Habib
the doctors weren’t thinking short term. would prescribe it, if not, the
Although they can’t stay at the hospital, two docs would look at other
their knowledge and experience can. options.
A team of International Security A key part of Sommer’s
Assistance Force medical and veterinary long-term plan he relayed to Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO

doctors conducted a medical engagement Habib was patient education. Capt. Keith Hoekman, the Ghazni Provisional Recon-
here in Ghazni province June 3-5 with the “An important part of my struction Team medical officer, treats an Afghan boy
goal of leaving a lasting mark. patient practice is educating during a medical engagement in Miri, Afghanistan,
Most of the time, when teams of doctors them on the disease,” he said. June 3. The engagement was a joint effort between U.S.
go out to villages to help the people with He gave Habib a few tips Military personnel and Afghan doctors.
their ailments and injuries, they do just that. on patient education such as
They provide expert care and medications using drawings and explaining the cause of Some of the injuries were years old, too
to the people on a short-term basis. the ailment to the person. old to be easily repaired. One boy had a
The ISAF team went to Miri with a Even though Sommer was in the mentor deviated septum. It was a result of a broken
different purpose. position, the exchange of information nose from years before.
As the old saying goes, give a man a fish between the two doctors went both ways. Others injuries were wounds doctors
and you’ll feed him for a day, but teach a “I learned today probably as much as can’t physically see.
man to fish, you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Dr. Habib today,” Sommer said. One man came into the hospital and
The staff of the medical team came to As doctors in the U.S., the ISAF team was examined by the Ghazni Provisional
the village with this wisdom. rarely has the opportunity to study some Reconstruction Team’s medical officer,
“What I don’t want is for patients to diseases. Navy Lt. Keith Hoekman.
come in and see American doctors and not The U.S. medical system has eliminated As the man described his problem,
want to work with their own doctors,” said or nearly eliminated diseases such as malaria Hoekman diagnosed the illness. Hoekman
Capt. Darren Sommer, the battalion surgeon and tuberculosis. Other disease, such as believes the man is suffering from post
for the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, leishmaniasis, don’t exist in the U.S. traumatic stress disorder or PTSD for
4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne “It’s kinda cool to see how a patient short. PTSD is a common ailment among
Division. presents it than in a text book,” Sommer the military and for those who go through
While there to provide medical aid to said. a sever trauma.
anyone who needed it, Sommer and the Sommer’s mentoring isn’t a sign of The patient, Masamjam, related his tale
rest of his team decided to provide aid by incompetence in the Afghan doctor. It’s far to the people in the room.
working with the hospital staff. from it. Masamjam said he is one of twelve
Through out the day, Sommer’s aid came Halfway through the day, Habib had to brothers. He is also the only brother
in a series of questions. step out to perform minor surgery. not to join the Taliban. After asking his
“So what should we do,” he would Walikhan, a young boy, fell and landed brothers not to use his house for extremists’
ask Dr. Habib, the hospital surgeon, once on a blanket with a sewing needle in it. The purposes, he was taught a lesson. His house,
the patient related his ails. Soon after, a needle lodged in his arm. The sewing tool along with his children and possessions, was
discussion would ensue. Both doctors would was completely embeded below the skin. taken from him. He also was beaten. After
name possible problems and possible cures; Working with an assistant named Haqdad, having his ribs broken by his relatives, he
often they would name the same ones. Habib removed the needle in a matter of fled. He said he is currently hiding from the
But the questions didn’t stop there. minutes. Taliban, and his family, in Miri.
Sommer is concerned with the long-term. Other surgeries Habib preformed Hoekman did what he could for the man.
“Can you do a [test] here,” he asked Habib include amputations and and partial colon He prescribed him medicine and listened.
after he suspected a man had a thyroid gland removal. The doctors can only help at the clinic
problem. Habib’s answer was no. The word Throughout the day the two doctors for a few days. There are other people who
“no” led only to more questions. Sommer faced a variety of injuries and illnesses. need their aid. By sharing their experience
wasn’t content until the doctors resolved the Not all of the problems seen by the with the doctors of Miri Hospital, they hope
test could be done in Khowst, a town in the doctors can easily be fixed by Habib or one their short-term aid will end in a long-term
province of the same name, just north of of the ISAF doctors. solution.
July 2007 fury Focus 11
Sailor hunts bugs to stop spread of disease
Sgt. Jim Wilt burrow into the creatures fur.
CJTF-82 PAO “I want one of those,” Mundal said.
After unsuccessfully trying to coax a muzzle on the dog,
Miri, Afghanistan – While the doctor and his medic tried to get it became apparent the medical team would have to pass on the
near their patient, another doctor stood a short distance away with insects. The disgruntled dog was biting its owner.
his M-4 carbine at the ready, in case he had to shoot the patient. The doctors passed it up as a missed opportunity.
While shooting your patients is generally frowned upon in Fortunately for the team, the dog soon wandered back. With a
the medical field, this wasn’t the average patient and these weren’t little help from the owner, Mundal got his insects.
average doctors. “I’ll take as many as I can get,” he told the boy who was picking
Working at a veterinary engagement, Navy Lt. Kirk Mundal, them off the animal.
an entomologist working with the Cooperative Medical Assistance Once the entomologist found an insect that interested him, he
Team as part of Operation Mai Wand here, is treating patients quickly captured it and placed it into a small jar to preserve it for
of all species in an effort to help stop the spread of vector-borne research.
diseases. The capturing of an insect is only the first step in a process
Mundal has recently been spending his days tracking insects to help the Afghan people control vector-borne diseases, Mundal
across Afghanistan and occasionally guarding animals with foul said.
tempers while his co- After his specimens
workers treat them. are collected, he said he
“There is not a facet of takes them to Bagram
human existence that isn’t Airfield for separation
affected by arthropods,” and shipment to U.S.
the Fargo, N.D. native said. research facilities.
In the U.S., for the most As the data is
part, insects are a minor collected, it is relayed to
annoyance. Painful or the Afghan government
itchy bites are the biggest so it can implement
risk most Americans face a plan to control the
with the occasional allergic insects and the diseases
reaction or infectious they spread, Mundal
disease being contracted by said.
a person. For a plan to work,
In Afghanistan, the the Afghan government
population faces many needs to know what
vector-borne diseases. areas are in need of
The two biggest Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO help.
dangers to the people of “If the data he
Navy Lt. Kirk Mundal, an entomologist working with the Cooperative Medical
the country are Malaria and gathers does nothing
Assistance Team as part of Operation Mai Wand, looks at the insects he col-
Leishmanisis, Mundal said. more than redirects
lected during a veterinary engagement in the town of Miri in Ghazni province,
Malaria is a potentially money [to areas that
Afghanistan June 4.
fatal disease carried by need it,] it saves tones
mosquitoes and Leishmanisis, carried by the sand fly, while not of money,” said Lt. Col. David P. Ferris, the director of the CMA
deadly, has the ability to leave disfiguring scars. Team.
These disease are the reason Mundal spends his days picking But Mundal’s job is more then just research, he is also trying to
insects off of livestock. teach the Afghan people.
“Coming from a research point of view, there is a fantastic “[I] try to educate the Afghan people on how to protect
amount of data that would not only support the troops but also the themselves from [vector-borne diseases,]” he said.
Afghan people,” said Lt. Col. David P. Ferris, the director of the The veterinary engagement where Mundal and the rest of the
CMA Team. CMA team have been working is one piece of a larger operation.
Local shepherds brought their flocks of sheep and other farm Operation Mai Wand is an Afghan planned, led and executed
animals to the small group of men for treatment throughout mission with support from the International Security Assistance
a three day veterinary clinic held by the CMA team and Afghan Force.
veterinarians. The veterinary and medical engagements held during the
With each animal, Mundal carefully screened their bodies for operation are being used to educate both Afghan and ISAF doctors,
parasites looking for any bug he could find. Some of the insects he medics and veterinarians.
found, he couldn’t identify. Mai Wand has the short-term goal of creating a link between
A young boy brought a dog to the clinic. While the doctors people and their government but the ramifications of that goal can
couldn’t approach it too closely, they could see insects trying to have a positive long-lasting effect on the people of Ghazni.
12 fury Focus July 2007

Afghans plan, prep to host Agricultural Fair


Sgt. Jim Wilt One exhibit, a potato
CJTF-82 PAO storage bin, is in the planning
stage for the event.

K HOGA OMARI
DISTRICT, Afghanistan
– “You can’t get an excavator
By having one at the fair,
“people can see what it is,”
said Stefani.
across that bridge,” said Army Both Stefani and Husain
Lt. Col. Larry Orchard, a project have their own plans drawn
manager with the Ghazni up for the bin. During their
Provisional Reconstruction next meeting, the two plan on
Team, jokingly. comparing notes.
The bridge, which is nothing “I would like to look at
more than three logs with sticks [Husain’s] design and see how
across them, would have to be the two compare,” Stefani
replaced with something a little said.
sturdier. Like any agricultural fair
And it will have to be in the U.S., the coordinators
replaced by September. are planning for a livestock
In September, an agricultural and garden show at the event,
fair will be held at a government as well as other farm-based
owned farm in Khoga Omari competitions.
district for the people of Ghazni Prizes are planned for the
province and the provinces winners of the events.
surrounding it. “We want to give them
The Ghazni Agricultural something they can use,”
Director, a U.S. Department of said Army Sgt. Maj. Dennis
Agriculture representative and Kretzschmar, the PRT
members of the Ghazni PRT sergeant major.
and 351st Civil Affairs Battalion The prizes given out will
met here June 12 to discuss the be items that can be used on
upcoming fair, survey the site the farm.
and begin preparations for the
event.
Education will be the primary
O ver
several
the

the combined Afghan and


next
months,

focus of the fair but the event U.S. coordination team will
will also host other activities for continue to refine the plans
the participants. Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO for the event.

“A big part is the teaching Tom Stefani, the representative for the USDA in Ghazni (left,) The site where it will be
part,” said Tom Stefani, the Shirzai, a member of USAID (center,) and Sultan Husain, the direc- held is a large tree farm with
representative for the USDA tor of agriculture for Ghazni province (right,) survey saplings on the acreage dedicated to other
in Ghazni. “We don’t want to Junglebagh Farm in the Khoga Omari district of Ghazni province, crops.
forget that.” Afghanistan, June 12. In the past three years approximately 20,000 In the past three years,
Training, such as how to use trees have been planted on the farm. with support from the PRT,
fertilizer and how to graft trees, approximately 20,000 trees
will be available for farmers, said have been planted on the farm,
Sultan Husain, the director of agriculture for Ghazni province. which has created jobs for local residents including 10 fulltime jobs,
Classes will also be held for the women in the area, Stefani Husain said.
said. By planting trees, Husain said the farm is helping the
Junglbagh, the name of the farm where the event will be held, environment, controlling flooding and soil erosion, and keeping the
has already implemented women’s agricultural education, Husain population of Ghazni healthier.
said. They have women tending gardens, working with chickens He hopes to expand the project throughout the province once
and training in apiaries. security improves in other districts.
Husain also hopes to have classes on creating products, like Currently, Afghan National Security Forces and International
embroidering, for the women. Security Assistance Forces are conducting Operation Mai Wand in
The team plans on having product demonstrations to educate several districts of Ghazni. The operation hopes to improve security
the farmers. in the districts as well as link the people to their government.
July 2007 fury Focus 13
Water, not rain, falls from the sky in Ghazni
Spc. Micah E. Clare
Task Force Fury PAO
that “burned in” or crashed to the ground “We’ve been able to supply this entire
when the parachutes failed, the two teams [staging] site for 30 days in less than 48
FORWARD OPERATING BASE working together had everything loaded hours,” Walbruch said. “This operation
SALERNO, Afghanistan — Large amounts up and rolling back to their base within 90 also alleviated my guys from the stress
of water fell from the minutes. of convoying from place to place just to
sky down to the hot “All the support one site.”
and sweaty soldiers training we did “It could take vehicles at least 5 trips
below in Eastern at Fort Bragg back and forth to deliver this much,” said
Afghanistan, but it before we left Army Capt. Tony Newman, a Logistics
was no rainstorm. really paid off,” Planner from 4th BCT.
In preparation said Johnson, a “We wanted to maximize our airborne
for an upcoming Greenville, S.C. capabilities and minimize the risk factor.
offensive, water native. We’re not going to risk convoys if we can
bottles and “We trained drop the supplies by parachute.”
packages of food on picking up The Paratroopers normally making
were airdropped to bundles like this the extended trips delivering supplies in
Afghan National at almost every convoys know how important this capability
Security Forces training exercise; is to their mission.
and International this is just a “We’re always ready to do whatever it
Photos by Spc. Micah E. Clare/Task Force Fury PAO
Security Assistance variation of what takes to make the supply mission happen,”
Forces near their A Paratrooper from the 782nd Brigade Support did back there.” said Cramer, a native of York, Penn.
staging area in Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd D u r i n g “But it’s really nice to be stationary and
Ghazni Province Airborne Division, brings in a parachute that just training at Fort have [food] come right out here like this,
May 29. carried a bundle of water nearly 7,000 feet from a Bragg, supply especially when we’re out here trying to
When the 40 passing aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan bundles were build up these remote outposts.”
bundles, weighing May 29. Nearly 25 tons of water and food were dropped at lower The Afghan soldiers also living at the
close to 25 tons, airdropped over the largest surveyed drop zone altitudes with outpost received special food packets more
came thudding to in Afghanistan. slower falling accustomed to their diet, and were given
the ground after p a r a c h u t e s , four of the water bundles.
being dropped from a U.S. Air Force C-17, where the 782nd BSB Paratroopers used However, they may have received
vehicles belonging to the 82nd Airborne heavy trucks, like the ones used here, something even more valuable from the
Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, to transport them after every airborne day’s mission.
782nd Brigade Support Battalion rushed to operation, said Army Cpt. Simon Walbruch, The experience of being part of
pick them up. commander of Co. A. operations like this gives them a big
“Our standard is to get all of these To mitigate advantage over
packages picked up and delivered back to risk in a combat the enemy, said
the base within 90 minutes,” said Sgt. 1st zone, the ANA Col. Yar-
Class Arthur Johnson, a truck master from airplanes here Mohammed.
Company A, 782nd BSB, just before leading stayed at 7,000 “We are
a team of heavy wrecker trucks onto the feet and delivered learning new
field to retrieve the scattered bundles. the bundles with ways to fight,”
Once onsite, the wrecker teams had to one time use, he said.
lift the heavy palettes unto flatbed trucks h i g h - v e l o c i t y But they are
with hooks; a difficult task that can make or parachutes. the old ways for
break the speediness of the operation. “This is the Paratroopers
“Sometimes they land sideways, or a different of the 782nd BSB
upside down,” said Spc. Scott Cramer, a type of supply packing up the
mechanic Company B, 782nd BSB. operation than A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster airdrops more last of the green,
“We have to put extra work into flipping what you usually than 25 tons of food and water from close to 7,000 silky parachutes;
it the right way before hoisting it up.” see,” Walbruch feet to Afghan National Security Force troops and c o n d u c t i n g
For the first time, Afghan National explained. International Security Assistance Force Soldiers a i r b o r n e
Army soldiers were brought out to help Even though below in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan May 29. operations like
secure and recover all the items dropped during two drops these are just
onto ‘Drop Zone Catfish Party’, the largest in as many days, seven of 80 bundles burned part of who they are.
surveyed drop zone in Afghanistan. in and were largely unusable, the mission “This is what we do,” Newman said.
Despite the mess made by 4 of the bundles was an overwhelming success. “We’re the 82nd Airborne Division.”
14 fury Focus July 2007

PBG assumes authority in western Paktika


Spc. Matthew Leary
Task Force Fury PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE


SHARANA, Afghanistan - Soldiers
from the Polish Battle Group officially
took command of coalition forces in the
western portion of the Paktika province
of Afghanistan June 14, during a Transfer
of Authority ceremony held at Forward
Operating Base Sharana.
In attendance were the Governor of the
Paktika province, the Polish Vice Ambas-
sador to Afghanistan, military leaders from
the area, and local civilians.
The Polish Battle Group and their
commander, Polish Lt. Col. Adam Strek,
will replace the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO
Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd
Lt. Col. David J. Woods presents Polish Army Lt. Col. Adam Strek with a saber during a
Airborne Division, commanded by Army
Transfer of Authority ceremony June 14 at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghani-
Lt. Col. David J. Woods.
stan. Woods and his paratroopers from the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th
The ceremony marked the cooperation
Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division hand command of the eastern portion
of three countries, Afghanistan, the United
of the Paktika Province to Strek and his soldiers from the Polish Battle Group.
States and Poland, in the fight against
Taliban activity and reconstruction efforts serving in a variety of roles throughout “We are going to conduct our operations
in the area. Afghanistan. by paying full respect to their culture and
“All of our countries are relying on The change will also allow the 4-73rd history,” Brig. Gen. Tomaszycki said. “I
you,” said Army Col. Martin P. Schweitzer, Cav. to resume the traditional role of a am sure that together, with the help of our
commander of the 4th BCT, 82nd Airborne cavalry unit, moving throughout the battle friends, we can hand over Afghanistan to
Division, and the southern portion of space and providing commanders an the Afghan people very soon.”
Regional Command-East, the area the additional combat power, said Army Maj. Speaking to the crowd, the governor of
incoming Polish Soldiers will be patrolling. Jason L. Smallfield, the executive officer of Paktika province recognized the hardwork
“You have a challenging mission, but I the 4-73rd Cav. of the outgoing 4-73rd Cav. and welcomed
know you are up to the task.” “We are the eyes and ears of the the incoming Polish soldiers.
The addition of the Polish Battle Group commander,” he said, referring to Col. “Today I am honored and pleased
signified a shift in the role the Polish Schweitzer. “We are going to roam the to welcome the Polish soldiers here in
military will play in Afghanistan. battlefield and go after the bad guys. We Afghanistan,” said Dr. Akram Khpalwak,
Although this is the eighth rotation of are a force unencumbered by [a set area of the governor of the Paktika province. “The
Polish troops to Afghanistan, this is the first operations] and can go anywhere on the Afghan people will never forget the help of
time they will be in command of a specified battlefield.” any other person.”
area of operations, said Polish Brig. Gen. Previously, 4-73rd Cav. had been limited Both Afghanistan and Poland have
Marek Tomaszycki, commanding officer of in their operations since they were in experienced occupation by an unfriendly
the Polish Contingent in Afghanistan. command of a set region, a task generally force, and have had to fight against terror
“Today is the day that changes the given to an infantry battalion. and intimidation in order to gain their
character of our mission in Afghanistan,” “This improves the capabilities of a freedom, Dr. Khpalwak said.
he said. “Two months ago the main task of cavalry squadron, and uses each formation “Terrorism has been defeated here in
our contingent was to conduct de-mining. in a way that maximizes their advantages,” Afghanistan, but there are still roots of terror
Now we are a part of the [International Smallfield added. in the country,” he added. “I look forward
Security Assistance Forces] mission.” The arrival of the PBG allows for to the cooperation from your country.”
This means that the PBG will conduct greater capabilities of the Government And that is the overall goal of increasing
ongoing security operations, assist in the of Afghanistan and ISAF forces while the international force structure in RC-
training of Afghan National Security conducting their reconstruction and training East, with the addition of the Polish force,
Forces, and help with reconstruction missions, Smallfield said. said Piort Krawczyk, the Polish Vice
efforts aimed at improving the standard of While their new role maybe challenging, Ambassador to Afghanistan.
living of the Afghan people in a set area of the Polish troops are prepared for the task “Now both our countries are free, and
operations. and are determined to operate with an eye we are here to help our Afghan brothers to
Prior to this, the Polish troops were toward helping create a better Afghanistan. freedom,” he said
July 2007 fury Focus 15

Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO

Artillerymen from the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps watch as 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers fire a howitzer
in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, May 31. The ANA artillerymen took turns firing artillery with the Paratroopers during a test-fire.

Afghans, ISAF trade experience on operation, life


Sgt. Jim Wilt they are learning from us,” Ogman said.
CJTF-82 PAO “They have been showing us the basics like sights and loading”
Kapp said after giving his Afghan counterparts a class on American
TACTICAL ASSEMBLY AREA THUNDER, Afghanistan howitzers.
– The sound of artillery fire rumbled through the small base camp “We are sharing experience,” the Afghan captain said.
garnering looks from some and sleepy grunts from others. One of the biggest advantages for the Afghans during the
“Fire mission” could be heard from some of the artillery teams operation is the mixture of Afghan firepower and Fury technology.
and unrecognizable words from others. Ogman said his American counterparts have been very supportive
In turns, International Security Assistance Force Soldiers and of his unit.
Afghan National Army Soldiers fired their howitzers at distant For Kapp, who is on his first deployment in the Army, the
targets. experience of working directly with the Afghans has been more
The test firings were part of Operation Mai Wand. Afghan than a class on howitzers; it’s been a class on life.
planned, Afghan led and Afghan and ISAF fought, Mai Wand is “It’s interesting getting to work besides them, seeing their
a combined mission with the goal of linking the people of Ghazni culture,” the Vicksburg, Miss. native said, “It’s something I always
province to their government. wanted to do. Travel and see their culture.”
“It’s a learning experience,” said Spc. Robert Kapp, an The Afghan people were different then what he expected.
artillerymen with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Infantry Prior to deploying, he said he felt they were all bad people based
Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. on second-hand information. Now that he has worked beside them,
While the Afghan National Army is leading the operation, the he has a much different opinion.
Afghan Soldiers have the full support of ISAF troopers fighting at “They are dedicated and willing to learn,” he said. “And they are
their side. willing to do anything for you.”
“If all hell breaks loose and we have to step in as a big brother, With the operation still in its infancy, the ANA has already had
we will,” Kapp said. a small victory.
In the training leading up to Mai Wand, ANA Capt. Mohammed Two days before the start of the operation, an ANA
Ogman, an artillery captain in the 203rd Thunder Corps said his reconnaissance unit intercepted several Taliban insurgents planting
artillerymen have already proved their abilities. improvised explosive devices in Ghazni province, said Ogman.
During a joint-training fire mission with ISAF’s Task Force The recon patrol disarmed the roadside bombs and captured two
Fury, the Afghan artillerymen fired on targets provided to them motorcycles.
by 82nd Airborne paratroopers. The Afghan howitzers hit their The ANA and ISAF are working together on more than
marks. just artillery; they are working together towards a peaceful
But the training is not one sided, Kapp said. The ANA are Afghanistan.
using Soviet-built 119 mm howitzers while Fury is using American Step by step, whether on the battlefield, behind a howitzer or in
105mm howitzers. a peace shura, the Afghan military and ISAF are working towards
“We are learning a lot of experience from [the Americans] and more than joint operations, they are working towards a joint peace.
16 fury Focus July 2007

Former EMT thrives as Combat Medic in 4/73 CAV


Sgt. Matthew Clifton at eliminating the enemy in areas of
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Ghazni Province and allowing the
Detachment provincial government to continue
to grow and prosper.
ANDAR DISTRICT, Ghazni, “We conduct [traffic control
Afghanistan – Certain nicknames points] for hours every day, and
in the Army are synonymous somewhere in between he finds
with specific careers. ‘Doc’ is a a way to help any locals who are
pseudonym most combat medics injured or sick,” Moody said.
will take with them through “The other day there was a guy
the entirety of their service, and who came back four or five times
possibly for the rest of their life. with different ailments, and Salge
It would be hard to find helped him in every instance.”
another job where a title carries Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd MPAD The most common occurrences
so much ambiguity, for when Pfc. Bryan Salge, combat medic, Headquarters and Headquar- Salge sees are from the older
the word “medic” sounds in the ters Troop, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade members of the community. Most
distance, laced with adrenaline and Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes a pulse rate from of the elderly people have a lot of
concern, it brings with it both the Ali Mohammed, a local civilian during a traffic control point back and knee pain, Salge said.
capacity for hope and the weight stop June 4, in the Andar District of Ghazni Province. “I try to find out their story and
of potential disaster. treat the pain, but I am limited on
One medic with the 4th compared to Iraq, but landing that day was
what I can do,” Salge explained. “The best
Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment knows defiantly an eye-opener.” thing I can usually do for them is to write a
with great experience, both the burden and While at Tillman, Salge had to treat
referral for them to take to a local doctor.
gratification of this job. a Soldier who was shot when a group of
The large majority of elderly people I
“I was an [Emergency Medical insurgents unsuccessfully tried to storm an treat have degenerative problems and the
Technician] in Austin for three years,” observation post. This was one of the first combat cases I have are often gruesome.
said Pfc. Bryan Salge, combat medic, times he had to use his skills in combat, but The most serious injury I have ever treated
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4- it would not be the last. was a local who was shot in the neck by an
73 CAV. “And I have been a combat medic During his time in Afghanistan Salge
insurgent’s stray round. He lived, but it was
in the Army for about a year.” has been called upon to treat both fellow
pretty graphing.”
Salge, who has seen both the civilian and Soldiers and civilians alike. Because of the often tragic outcomes of
the military sides of emergency care, makes “We’ve been on a lot of missions
these types of patients, Salge seeks solace in
light of the subtle differences between the together, and he is always treating people; treating minor wounds he can completely fix
two. even when he is not obligated to,” said Pfc.
in the field, most commonly children who
“I’ve delivered a child as an EMT, but Joseph Moody, an infantryman with HHT. have fallen off of motorcycles or trucks.
they wouldn’t let me give an IV to anyone,” “We go out into the field, sometimes for “Treating the children here is probably
Salge joked. “Here in the Army, they’ll let weeks, and he is always there doing the cav the most rewarding part of what I do,” Salge
anyone with a set of eyes and one good arm scout thing one minute and the medic thing said. “I always like to give them a piece of
stick you.” the next.
chocolate after I have to wipe their cuts
As much as he likes to joke about the In fact, the very act of being a combat
with alcohol.”
differences between the two jobs, he knows medic is almost as layered as the associated His training as an EMT has given Salge
how important his experience in one is to meaning the name has when a Soldier yells a deep appreciation for his abilities and he
his performance in the other. it out. A medic attached to an infantry
realizes he is obligated to treat everyone he
“My work as an EMT has defiantly helped element is, more or less, an infantryman, can, regardless of if the Army requires him
me out here,” Salge said. “I was actually able with the artillery, an artilleryman or with to.
to fast-track through [Advanced Individual the cavalry, a scout. Salge’s ultimate goal is to be
Training] because of my experience.” But they are only these things until crisis
commissioned and work for the Army as a
While Salge’s EMT experience helped strikes. Then they are ‘doc’, ‘medic’ or even Physicians’ Assistant.
prepare him to do his job as a medic, he ‘savior’. “I’m only 12 credit hours short of my
found certain aspects of being a combat “I came out here with Headquarters
Bachelor’s Degree and I plan to go to school
medic, more specifically the ‘combat’ part, Troop for this operation,” Salge, a New through the Army to finish my education,”
were completely alien to him. Braunfels, Texas naive said. “When I’m
Salge explained.
“When I first got to Afghanistan, we not treating a patient, I’m just another cav There will always be a need for
were taking a Blackhawk to [Forward scout.” dedicated Soldiers like Salge, and with every
Operating Base] Tillman and received fire The Operation Sagle refers to is
local he treats our of the kindness of his
while we were landing,” Salge said. “I had Combined Operation Mai Wand, a mission
heart, a rapport is deepened, and trust is
always heard Afghanistan was pretty safe between Afghan and Coalition Forces aimed established.
July 2007 fury Focus 17
Paratrooper uses service advantage to attain citizenship
Aims to become “All- fare,” the specialist said. “There was a
lot of fighting going on all around. At
American” for real night time you could hear gunshots.”
within 6 to 8 months Because of his experiences in Gua-
temala, Mora said he may have a differ-
while deployed to ent perspective than some of his fellow
Paratroopers.
Afghanistan Mora understands some of his fel-
low Paratroopers are just out of high
Sgt. Tony J. Spain school, and they want to serve their
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. country, but after awhile some lose per-
spective of the big picture of trying to
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan bring freedom to and making Iraq and
- The 82nd Airborne Division received Afghanistan a better place.
its nickname, “All Americans”, in Au- “For me, I want to do my time, but
gust 1917 after realizing it had members if I can help a person in Iraq or Af-
from all 48 states. ghanistan get liberated from the enemy,
Today, the eighty-deuce is still from people who are ultimately against
known as the “All American” division, the right of freedom, that means a lot to
but there is a new kind of Paratrooper me,” said Mora.
in its ranks. Mora is currently going through the
A Paratrooper, who wasn’t born process of getting his citizenship with
in the United States and doesn’t even the help of the Army.
have U.S. citizenship, serves and fights “The Army has made the process
alongside his American brothers. go by lot faster,” the Paratrooper said.
Spc. Pablo Mora, Co. B., 1st Bn., “If I was a regular civilian it would take
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, around two to three years and $2,000
4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd to get it done, with the Army it is only
Airborne Division, who was born in going to take six to eight months, with
Coatepeque, Guatemala, and moved to no money out of pocket.”
the United States permanently in 1994 In 2004, President George W. Bush
at the age of 8 with his mother, is one signed an executive order allowing all
such Paratrooper. active-duty non-U.S. citizens serving
Mora joined the Army in Septem- as of Sept. 11, 2001, to apply for U.S.
ber 2004. He went to airborne school Photo by Sgt. Tony J. Spain/22nd MPAD citizenship without waiting the usual
and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Spc. Pablo Mora, Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th three years, and without having to be
Division. Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat physically present in the U.S. in order
He has deployed twice; once to Iraq Team, 82nd Airborne Division is one of many Sol- to apply.
and he currently serves in Afghanistan, diers who have applied for citizenship since President Mora is not alone in his quest for cit-
all while not being a U.S. citizen. George W. Bush signed an executive order in 2004 to izenship, according to the Department
Many might find it hard to fight for make the process easier. Mora hopes to receive his of Defense there are approximately
a country without being considered a citizenship within the next six months. 30,000 servicemembers in the military
citizen and sharing some basic rights, serving without U.S. citizenship.
such as voting in elections, with his fel- Immigrants serving in the military
low Paratroopers; Mora doesn’t see it as an issue. may be eligible to apply for citizenship if they can demonstrate good
“I joined the Army because this country has a lot of liberties a moral character, have no criminal record, speak English, demon-
lot of other countries do not have,” said Mora, who first came to the strate knowledge of U.S. government and history and take an oath
U.S. at 3 months old for an illness. “A lot of people do not appreci- of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.
ate the fact that you can do or say something in America without The applicant must also have served honorably during one year
going to prison or [having] any action taken against you. of conflict, have a green card, or have been present in the U.S. at
“In America you have the ability to go to McDonalds at two in time of enlistment.
the morning,” he said. “Where other countries or other places don’t The application must be filed within six months of discharge.
even have that, or they are starving and don’t even have a place like “I think it is a great thing what President Bush did in allowing
McDonalds to go to.” these guys to get their citizenship,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Brent
Mora says he will never take the liberties he receives in the Fowler, Co. B, 1/508th. “These guys are sacrificing so much for
United States for granted because of where he has come from. this country, and it is the least we could do for them to show our
“When I lived in Guatemala there was a lot of guerrilla war- appreciation for what they do each and everyday for us.”
18 fury Focus July 2007

1/508th PIR goes “all the way” in Helma


Sgt. Tony J. Spain It is just another day for the elite group 1980’s.
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne There have actually been three separate
Division. The Paratroopers have a rich operations within “Achilles,” said Mennes.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan history since World War II of living up to The first mission was in the Ghorak
- The sounds from roaring engines and their “all the way” motto by doing whatever valley and was pretty calm, he said, and
spinning rotors from the British CH- it takes to accomplish what their country except for some minor skirmishes Taliban
47 Chinook pierce through the night as asks of them. fighters were virtually nowhere to be
the aircraft carries Paratroopers of the These Paratroopers are going into places found.
1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry that have not had a previous U.S. presence The second and third missions took
Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, on an and are being met with heavy resistance at place in the Sangin Valley, one in the Sangin
air assault mission into the lower Sangin times, said Army Lt. Col. Brian Mennes, district and this one near Gereshk.
Valley near Gereshk district. battalion commander, 1/508th. “It shows The Sangin valley is one of the most
Landing under the cover of darkness in there is nothing they can’t handle with productive growing poppy regions in the
southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, competence, and that is impressive,” he world. That, coupled with its reputation
the “heart of Taliban country,” the back said. as a Taliban stronghold, made conducting
ramp of the Chinook drops and Paratroopers “Achilles” was launched at the request missions in the valley a true test for the
make their way off the helicopter to pull of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Paratroopers.
security. The Chinook begins to kick up dirt government and is the largest Coalition “The fighting in Sangin was a lot more
and debris as it roars off into the darkness operation to date. intense,” said Spc. Jacob Allen, 3rd Platoon,
leaving these Paratroopers in the poppy It involves approximately 5,500 ISAF Company A, 1/508th. “There was a lot more
fields of the Sangin Valley. Soldiers, including 1000 Soldiers from the Taliban activity than what there was during
This is the latest air assault mission for Afghan National Security Force and close the Ghorak mission,” he said.
the 1/508th in a series of sub-operations to 1000 Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s In the Sangin district, Paratroopers
under “Operation Achilles,” an operation 82nd Airborne Division. began their assault clearing buildings and
ongoing since early March. Nicknamed the “Red Devils,” the ridding the area of Taliban.
Many of these Paratroopers spent more 1/508th continues to play a key roll in Then, after completing the mission, they
than 40 days in the first and second sub- conducting the largest air assault missions helped the local Afghans communicate with
operations of “Achilles,” only to return to of Operation Enduring Freedom in a the IRoA and provide security. Much of the
the battlefield after a six-day regrouping region that has not seen military operations same was to be expected on the mission
period. since the Soviet Union’s occupation in the near Gereshk.

Photo by Sgt. Tony J. Spain/22nd MPAD


Paratroopers from 3rd Platoon, Company A., 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, patrol through the “heart of
Taliban country” of the Sangin valley in the early hours May 1, as “Achilles” continues in the Helmand Province of Southern
Afghanistan.
July 2007 fury Focus 19

and Province during Operation Achilles


the Taliban in the first couple days in both Afghan National Security Forces for long
the Sangin district and this operation and term security.
then sporadic stuff after that, Mennes said. “In this part of the operation, what we try
“We found in Sangin (district) multiple to do is accomplish a network with Afghans
weapons caches. Everything from mortars, and help them form a stable, peaceful, and
107mm rockets, IED (improvised explosive prosperous Afghanistan,” Mennes said.
device) making materials, explosives, One of the main methods to do this is
small arms, heavy machine guns and to host local shuras to meet local elders and
ammunition.” discuss problems and concerns in their local
After most of the fighting died down, the area.
Paratroopers moved into phase II of their Mennes says the purpose of the shuras
operation, which consisted of providing is to try and establish a contact between
security and humanitarian assistance to his Paratroopers and the locals as well as
the local populace. When a father showed between the locals and IRoA.
up with his sick 11 month-old child at the “In Sangin we were really successful,”
Paratrooper’s command post, Spc. Fred said Mennes. “We stood up the first couple
Rawcliffe, combat medic, 3rd Plt., Co. A, of shuras and after that the Afghans started
1/508th was there to provide aide. running their own.”
“His dad told me he had been vomiting The 1/508th hosted three shuras for the
on and off for about a month and he had locals and a medical engagement to help
Spc. Ying Kit Tsui, 3rd Plt., Co. A, 1/508th diarrhea,” said Rawcliffe. “I just checked Afghans who need treatment.
PIR, 82nd Abn. Div. speaks to a local Af- out some of the common causes for kids to Operation Achilles continues in the
ghan with the help of a translator in the be doing that, like ear infections, or possibly Helmand province providing security for
Sangin valley near Gereshk, Afghanistan, teething.” reconstruction and development objectives.
May 7. Rawcliffe also found out
that they were still feeding
This mission near Gereshk is an ongoing the child dry milk and that
effort in “Achilles” with the overall goal to he was not eating a lot of
disrupt Taliban operations in the Sangin solid foods.
valley by targeting the Taliban leadership, “I told them he needs
Mennes said. to be coming off the milk,
Unlike missions in Iraq and elsewhere especially if it is not his
in Afghanistan, the terrain does not allow mom’s milk, and go to solid
the luxury of a Humvee. Paratroopers must food. Also, make sure to
move on foot carrying all their gear as they keep him hydrated in case he
advance forward through poppy fields, is teething,” said Rawcliffe.
jumping irrigation canals and fighting the Events like these could
Taliban into the dawn. win over support of the
Finally getting a chance to rest, these Afghan people and make it
exhausted Paratroopers made a command easier for the Paratroopers
post out of an Afghan farm house. to accomplish their overall
They set up guard positions around the mission.
perimeter and found a place to sleep on the “This is part of phase
rock-hard, uneven ground beneath them. two, reaching out, meeting
“I applaud all the efforts of these guys. and helping the locals,” said
They have to live under fairly austere Sgt 1st Class John NeSmith,
conditions when they come out here. There platoon sergeant, 3rd Plt.,
are no FOBs (Forward Operating Base), Co. A., 1/508th.
there’s no internet, there’s no ice cream or According to Mennes,
dining facilities. So they have to suck it up a the measure of success is
little bit,” said Mennes. not about body counts of
In the next couple of days, the 1/508th enemy Taliban combatants,
swept through the countryside with little but rather giving the people
resistance in search of weapon caches and Spc. Ruano Johann, right, and Sgt. 1st Class John NeSmith,
of Afghanistan a sense of
the Taliban. both 3rd Plt., Co. A, 1/508th PIR, 82nd Abn. Div. patrols
security in their government
There was a lot of enemy contact with the Sangin valley of Southern Afghanistan in one of many
so they can bring in the
operations in support of “Achilles” May 7.
20 fury Focus July 2007

Fury Fotos

Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO


In the early morning hours of June 9, Paratroopers from Company A, 2nd
Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division,
prepare to begin a mission in the village of Pana in the Andar district of
Ghazni province, Afghanistan

Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO


Lt. Col. David J. Woods, commander of the 4th Squadron,
73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd
Airborne Division, stands in front of a detachment of his
paratroopers during a Transfer of Authority ceremony held
June 14 at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Danielle Bone,


(left), chief ward master, and
other service members from the
396th Combat Support Hospital
at Forward Operating Base
Salerno, work to stabilize a
newly born baby June 16 after
the mother had been accidently
shot in the stomach by a family
member. Both mother and child
will make a full recovery.
Photo by
Sgt.Matthew Clifton/22nd MPAD
July 2007 fury Focus 21

Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO


An empty artillery casing is discarded after a test firing during a joint Afghan and International Security Assistance Force operation in the
Ghazni province, May 31.

Sgt. Maj.
Dennis
Kretzschmar,
the Ghazni
Provisional
Reconstruction
Team sergeant
major, carefully
crosses a bridge
that links
Junglebagh
Farm to the
entry road in
the Khoga
Omari district
of Ghazni Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd MPAD
province,
Afghanistan, Spc. Jonathan Phipps, a cavalry scout with Distribution Platoon,
June 12. Troop D, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Com-
Photo by
bat Team, 82nd Airborne Division passes out a box of Meals-Ready-
Sgt. Jim Wilt/ to-Eat to an Afghan National Army soldier. June 06, in the Andar
CJTF-82 PAO District of Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.
22 fury Focus July 2007

Lest we forget
Sgt. Dustin J. Perrott, 23, a Team Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff, 28,
Leader with 2nd Platoon, Company A, of Chula Vista, Calif., an Infan-
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry tryman with 1st Battalion, 508th
Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, was Parachute Infantry Regiment,
killed when the vehicle he was riding in was 4th Brigade Combat Team,
struck by an improvised explosive device 82nd Abn. Division, died from
during operations in southern Ghazni injuries sustained from enemy
Province June 21. small arms fire while on patrol
Perrott originally from Fredricksberg, in the Helmand Province, Af-
Va., enlisted in the Army as an infantryman ghanistan June 6.
in March 2004 and after completing basic “Charlie attended Embry
Sgt. Dustin J. Perrott combat training and airborne school was Riddle Aeronautical University Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff
Company A, 2/508h PIR Company C, 1/508h PIR
May 5, 1984 - June 21, 2007 assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne in Prescott Arizona, where he Nov. 10, 1978 - June 6, 2007
Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. in earned a Bachelor of Science,”
August 2004. said Erika Wykcoff. “It was
In December 2004, Perrott volunteered to deploy in support of during his time in Prescott that he and I fell in love. He
Operation Iraqi Freedom with 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry was a true gentlemen, who was always there to open the
Regiment which was later redesignated as the 2 Battalion, 508th PIR. door for me.”
Perrott’s commander remembers him as being a professional Soldier, Wyckoff joined the Army in June 2004. He completed
that lead by example and was respected by everyone who knew him; Infantry One Station Unit Training and the Basic Airborne
superiors and subordinates. Course at Fort Benning, Ga. in 2004.
“Sgt. Perrott was a tremendous Paratrooper, who had been a leader in “He was a Soldier’s Soldier,” added Wyckoff. “He saved
this organization for a long time. He was the kind of leader that infused the lives of is men, and in a way, saved mine as well. He
other with motivation,” said Lt. Col. Timothy McAteer, Commander, was like a brother to his guys. He didn’t think twice when it
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. “You just couldn’t came time to do his job.”
help but smile when you talked to him. He will be sorely missed by all His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star
of us who knew him and our thoughts are with his family during their Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal,
time of grief.” the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Cam-
Perrott is survived by his wife, Anna Perrott and his mother Suzan. paign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Perrott’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the NATO medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat
Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Purple Heart, Infantry Badge, and the Parachutist’s Badge.
Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Wyckoff is survived by his wife, Erika Wyckoff, his step-
Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, son, Joshua, and stepdaughter, Alexandra, all of Fayetteville,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, N.C.; his father, Edward C. Wyckoff; and his mother, Sylvia
Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, A. Wyckoff, of Chula Vista, Calif.
and Parachutist Badge.

Staff Sgt. Casey D. Combs Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Sgt. Edmund W. McDonald Spc. Jeremy R. Greene
2/508th PIR HHC, 4th BSTB Company B, 782nd BSB Company A, 2/87th IR
April 4, 1979 - April 12, 2007 December 1, 1970 - May 14 2007 March 14, 1982 - March 28, 2007 June 19, 1982 - April 28, 2007

Sgt. David A. Stephens Spc. Agustin Gutierrez Pfc. Joseph G. Harris Sgt. Alexander van Aalten
Company B, 2/508th PIR Company B, 782nd BSB Company C, 2/508th PIR Company D, 1/508th PIR
November 9, 1978 - April 12, 2007 June 9, 1987 - March 28, 2007 May 26, 1987 - April 20, 2007 September 2, 1985 - April 20, 2007
July 2007 fury Focus 23

“Fury Fit” to
Fight the Good Fight
“Freedom!”
Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace in the 1995 Paramount epic, Braveheart, still rings in our ears
twelve years later. “Freedom” is in the heart and soul of every American from every background, every ethnic and
religious category, every hometown “from sea to shining sea.”
To an American, freedom, and its close cousin liberty, is what defines us as a nation. We like to think it sets us
apart from the rest of the world – even from the rest of our closest allies – but, the fact is that freedom and liberty
were born in the souls of many generations before us from every corner of the globe.
Freedom has been a part of who we are even before we were a nation.
‘This is the truth I tell you: of all things freedom’s most fine. Never submit to live, my son, in the bonds of slavery
entwined.’
William Wallace - His Uncle’s proverb, from Bower’s Scotichronicon c.1440’s
The Scots understand that, for Wallace, freedom itself seemed to be in his DNA. Here is a man who did not
yield his conviction that life was to be lived in liberty or it wasn’t worth living. King Edward had him executed
and mutilated in hideous ways with various body parts scattered throughout the kingdom as a warning to other
malcontents. It didn’t work. Freedom proved more difficult to kill than one man.
Across the Atlantic more than four centuries later one may wonder what was going through George Washington’s
thoughts on his own personal roadmarch to Trenton in the early hours of the day after Christmas, 1776.
Yes, he was commanding the much dwindled Continental Army. But, he was also a man, a patriot, committed
to the same ideal as that of William Wallace. General Washington gambled everything (he had few options). As
leader, husband, father, son, and commander he threw his lot in with freedom.
On 08 December 1776 British forces occupied all of New Jersey and the revolution looked like it was dead
almost before it started.
By January 3, 1777 the British occupied only a few outposts across the Hudson from New York and by that
summer had abandoned New Jersey to the Americans.
Freedom was alive again in the fledgling nation. For Washington there was no other alternative. Life was to be
lived in liberty or it wasn’t worth living.
In the end it is why we are here in Afghanistan.
One could surmise that we are here to ensure that our country, our families, our hometowns, are free from the
terrorist’s reach. Or it could be said that we are here to aid Afghanistan itself in her seemingly unending search for
freedom. Or we could choose the words of Scottish poet and writer, Thomas Campbell:
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”
Our blood has been shed here in the last six years.
That blood is a precious nutrient that will nourish liberty for generations of future Americans as well as here
in Afghanistan.
Why? Like William Wallace, freedom, for Americans, is in our DNA. 

God’s peace to you…

Chaplain Larry Pundt


Task Force Fury
Please continue to keep in prayer the families of Sgt. McDonald, Spc. Gutierrez, Staff Sgt. Combs, Sgt. Stephens,
Sgt. VanAalten, Sgt. Greene, Pfc. Harris, Maj. Bauguess, Sgt. Wyckoff, and Sgt. Perrott.
From behind a door, two Afghan girls watch Afghan
National Policemen and Paratroopers from Company
A, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
82nd Airborne Division search the village of Pana in the
Andar district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, June 9.
The search was part of Operation Mai Wand, a mission
to bridge a connection between the people of Ghazni and
their government. (Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt/CJTF-82 PAO)