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 fury Focus june 2007

Contents
4 Safety:AD/ND still dangerous
6 Khowst PRT
10 Andar Fury
14 Citizenship
18 Fury Fotos
An 82nd Airborne Division artilleryman shields
On the his ears from the blast of a 155 millimeter howitzer
while firing at a target in eastern Afghanistan. The
cover howitzer is crewed by Paratroopers from the 2nd
Batallion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment,
and artillerymen from the Puerto Rico National
Guard’s 1st Bn. 162nd FAR. (Photo by Pfc. Micah
E. Clare/Task Force Fury/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
Spc. Matthew Leary BCT PAO, APO AE 09314.
Pfc. Micah E. Clare DSN 318-851-1534
Submissions or comments
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Det. may be submitted to
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Sgt. 1st Class Robert Couture The Fury Focus staff reserves the right to edit
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Sgt. Matthew Clifton propriety, policy, clarity and space.
June 2007 fury Focus 
Fury 6: Farewell 2/87, welcome 1/503, PBG
This past month has been a difficult one for our to get hotter, it is critical that we stay focused and
formations in terms of sacrifice and loss. prepared.
Since the last Fury Focus update in late April, our The enemy will try to flex its limited muscle as the
Task Force has lost three brothers in arms. weather permits them greater freedom of movement.
We mourn the loss of our comrades: Maj. Larry Stay vigilant, physically and mentally fit, and keep your
Bauguess, Operations Officer for 508th Special eye on your airborne buddy.
Troops Battalion; Spc. Jeremy Green of 2nd Battalion, Due to your hard work and continued pressure on
87 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division and Pfc. Joseph the enemy, the insurgents are being separated from
G. Harris of 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry the populace and the environment is continually
Regiment. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out being transformed, allowing greater effects in terms
to their families and friends. of security, governance, and infrastructure.
I would like to thank the fine soldiers of Task We must continue to refine and reevaluate our
Force Catamount as they head back to Fort Drum to policies, procedures and battle rhythms; the insurgents
be reunited with family and friends. Fury 6 are looking for patterns and areas to exploit.
I have had the opportunity to work with many COL Martin P. Schweitzer Do not let your guard down.
formations and units over the years; I have seen none Let’s continue to build on what we have learned
finer then the Spartan Team. and continue to assist, mentor and coach our Afghan partners.
They coached and mentored our formations upon arrival and The enemy is losing and getting more desperate everyday, so
they never stopped getting after it, conducting operations literally keep pressing on to the Ranger Objective.
to the last day. The Afghan people continue to show their support for their
The people of Afghanistan and the United States owe all these government and security forces.
fine Soldiers a great debt of gratitude. The actions and efforts of all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen,
With the passing of one formation comes the arrival of two Marines, families and civilians are changing the lives and bringing
other great teams. hope to millions of Afghan people.
We welcome our newest partners from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Keep getting after it!
Parachute Infantry Regiment and from the Polish Battle group.
The pace is fast and the road is bumpy but working alongside All the way! Fury from the Sky!
our Coalition and Afghan partners, we cannot fail. Fury 6
As the summer falls upon Afghanistan and the weather continues

Fury 9: Congrats to Audie Murphy selectees


The start of the warm weather is upon us here These NCOs, who are the best of the best, went
in Afghanistan and I’m sure families and loved ones through a rigourous selection process before being
are beginning to feel it as well back home! selected.
Remember to drink water and stay hydrated as It is a great honor and something that will follow
the heat continues to increase. them for the rest of their careers.
I would like to remind all of the Task Force Fury Task Force Fury is also proud of the spouses back
families and friends that your troopers are doing home that have recieved the prestiges recognition of
great things for our nation and the folks here in a Dr. Mary Walker award for all the work they do
Afghanistan. supporting our team.
As some of you may have heard there, a little This is an incredible task especially while deployed
moving around has been going on as we welcome in combat for both sets of awardees.
the soldiers of the Polish Battle Group and 1st Spouses again we commend you all for your abilities
Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment to our to take care of the home front while we are gone.
formation and the troopers from Task Force Fury Fury 9 We would not be able to do any of the things we do
make it look easy. CSM Richard Flowers without your support and love.
Our team has accomplish so much in so little In closing I hope all of you got a chance to take a
time that we all look forward to the next month to see what new moment to remember all those who gave for the price of freedom
improvements will be made. on Memorial Day this year.
The Brigade Commander and I are proud of those 100 plus If it was not for those who came before us, and gave their lives
new noncommisioned officers we have promoted in in our ranks for our great country, we would not be here today to perform the
throughout our time here so far and the numbers will continue to mission at hand.
rise as we board more deserving and ready specialists.
We also welcomed 13 new NCOs from our formation into the All the way! Fury from the Sky!
Sergeant Audie Murphy club. Fury 9
 fury Focus june 2007

Weapon discharges fall on leadership


Hans Balke experienced five fatalities, five partial or reasons.
Task Force Fury Safety complete paralyses, and nine other types of So, who’s responsible?
injuries due to negligent discharges according First of all there is always individual
Negligent discharges used to be called to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center responsibility. Individual responsibility not
accidental discharges, but to put the onus Risk Management Information System only means ensuring your weapon is on safe
more on the operator and less on the weapon which maintains accident statistics. and pointed in a safe direction but also to
the term has changed. What can be done to reduce the high ensure that you maintain awareness of the
There is no standardized definition in 80% human error rate? weapons status of those around you.
the Department of Defense for accidental The USACRC found that the main cause Together watching out for each other
discharge, or the newer term negligent of accidental discharge is that soldier’s fail and paying attention to detail we can
discharge or the newest term unauthorized to follow established procedures regarding prevent any further preventable discharges
or inadvertent discharge. weapons handling as reported in the story and injuries.
Merriam-Webster defines accidental as “Gunning for Safety, ” from the October This is just a quick visual check that the
“occurring unexpectedly or by chance… 2004 issue of the NCO Journal. soldier in front of you in the mess hall line
and…happening without intent or through From Feb 06 to Jan 07 there were a total has got his or her weapon on safe and letting
carelessness and often with unfortunate of 114 reported NDs in Regional Command them know if it is not.
results.” East. The majority of which occurred in the Second, there is the leader or supervisor
This may sound like an appropriate clearing barrel. responsibility. Combined Joint Task Force-
definition for Accidental Discharge, as “he Weapon clearing standards are required 82 policy is that all weapons cleaning and
shot him unexpectedly and without intent.” to be posted by each clearing barrel; weapons clearing procedures are supervised
The term “accidental discharge” the clearing procedure is required to be by an noncommisioned officer.
implies to some that the weapon is at fault. supervised, so how can a ND still occur? So with two pairs of eyes on the weapon
Weapons do sometimes fire accidentally This might be due to the fact that the during cleaning and clearing procedures
but this would be caused by a mechanical posted last step is to pull the trigger. But it should prevent all NDs, except the rare
malfunction. if the clearing procedures were followed occasion of a mechanical failure.
Merriam-Webster defines negligent correctly the weapon should not fire. The following steps are simple, but
as “implies inattention to one’s duty or A discharge at the clearing barrel is effective and if practiced and supervised
business…and…not taking prudent care.” both a negligent act by the soldier and the should go a long way toward reducing that
For example, he shot him because the supervisor. 80% human error and prevent negligent
shooter was inattentive to what he was Since our arrival we have done no better discharges.
doing. This implies that the originator of then our peers. We are actually on a path to
the discharge is more often the cause than
the weapon.
surpass last year’s numbers if we do not take
corrective action now. T reat every weapon as if it is loaded.

Which term should be used can be the


subject of another debate, but for simplicity
Policy states and requires that every ND
is a reportable event. H andle every weapon with care.

and to avoid confusion I will use the term


negligent discharge.
It can be assumed that the actual ND
rate is higher than the reported rate as many I dentify the target before you fire. 

A negligent discharge is caused by either


the operator or the weapon.
soldiers and supervisor may fear UCMJ
action if they report the incident. N ever point the muzzle at anything
you don’t intend to shoot. 
Statistically, the three causal factors
of an accident with a weapon are human,
material, and environment. The human
To eliminate or reduce the possibility
of a mechanical defect we do a functions
check of the weapon. A functions check on
K eep the weapon on safe and your
finger off the trigger until you
intend to fire.
factor accounts for about 80%. a weapon is done to first of all ensure the
During Fiscal Year 03-04 in Operation weapon will fire as required when engaged Supervise Soldiers during weapons
Iraqi Freedom weapons handling errors in combat and second that it will not fire clearing and ensure they understand and
produced more than 96 reported negligent when the trigger is not pulled. maintain weapons in the appropriate status.
discharges, resulting in 19 fatalities A function check is always the last step Doing the above will ensure your safety
(Countermeasure Vol. 25 No. 7). in the maintenance process and helps reduce and the safety of others. The life you save
Since the beginning of FY07 the Army the chance of a discharge due to mechanical may be your own.

You can “BE SAFE” if,


Standards Are Fully Enforced
June 2007 fury Focus 
New Sabari District Center To Provide Better Security
Pfc. Micah E. Clare
Task Force Fury PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE CHAPMAN, Afghanistan—


Sabari District elders celebrated the construction of a new district
center during a ground breaking ceremony May 16 just outside of
the town of Yaqubi in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.
The event was attended by Khowst Governor Arsala Jamal and
Navy Cmdr. Dave Adams, commander of the Khowst Provincial
Reconstruction Team, and district Sub-governor Gul-Quasim Ji-
hadyar.
During the meeting, several of the elders addressed their opin-
ions on the progress of security and projects in the district to Gov-
ernor Jamal, who answered their questions.
After the meeting, the crowd moved to the proposed site of
the new district center, where Governor Jamal and Adams laid the
building’s first stone.
The new district center is meant to replace the current one lo-
cated in the center of Yaqubi, said Army Cpt. Greg Kellough, team
leader for the PRT’s Civil Affairs Team Alpha, who is stationed in
the area.
The district center serves as a town office and houses the district
sub-governor and the town’s security forces. It is used to hold town
meetings with local elders, where they come to meet with the sub-
governor and present the needs of their people, he explained.
From a security standpoint, the current district center’s location
and size put it at a disadvantage, Kellough said.
“It’s located in the middle of town, right on the main road and
surrounded by other buildings,” he said. “This new site is farther
out from the town, allowing for 360 degrees of security, and a far-
ther line of sight.”
Photos by Pfc. Micah Clare/Task Force Fury PAO
Elders from the Sabari District of Khowst Province, Afghanistan,
pray before laying the first stone of a new district center during a
ceremony May 16 in the District of Sabari. The new district center
will provide better security for the area’s residents.

The new district center is of a more modern and efficient design,


valued at $240,000. It will have a kitchen area, bathrooms, and a
fully functional police headquarters.
This expanded area will allow for an increase of security forces,
said acting Deputy Police Chief Gul-Rahim.
“We’re going to place more checkpoints and do everything we
can to increase security in this area with these new assets,” he said.
The new district center is scheduled to receive a joint garrison of
Afghan National Army and Policemen, said Gul-Qasim.
“I know security is going to get even better,” he said.
The project was started when elders went through the process of
bringing their needs to the government, Kellough said.
Photos by Pfc. Micah Clare/Task Force Fury PAO
“We want them to know that those who get a lot done are the
Adams is the commander of the Khowst Provincial Reconstruc- ones who go through this process,” he said. “The governor, not us, is
tion Team based in Forward Operating Base Chapman. the one who decides what will be built, and the things that get built,
Navy Cmdr. Dave Adams and the Governor of Afghanistan’s we want them to last.”
Khowst Province, Arsala Jamal, cut the ribbon signifying the One elder voiced his thoughts during the meeting on the need to
start of construction on a new district center during a ceremony work with the government.
May 16 in the District of Sabari. “Having the government working for us is like having salt in your
food, without it, the food doesn’t taste good,” he said.
 fury Focus june 2007

Provincial Reconstruction Team Kh


the Fight Against the Enemy Near F
Pfc. Micah E. Clare haven ever again. construction projects and providing security
Task Force Fury PAO But for this joint service team, for important events, said Navy Cmdr. Dave
spearheading the fight against terrorism Adams, commander of the Khowst PRT.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE in eastern Afghanistan’s Khowst Province “We’re a reconstruction organization,
SALERNO, Afghanistan-- Less than doesn’t involve executing kinetic military with a military arm,” Adams said.
10 miles from training camps operations, but in providing PRTs were established in Afghanistan
that produced many of the reconstruction assistance. when it was realized in 2003 that manoeuvre
9/11 hijackers, a team The Khowst units needed to focus on winning the security
of Coalition P r o v i n c i a l fight, and a separate military organization
servicemembers Reconstruction Team, was required to head up the on the badly
are working based in Forward needed reconstruction efforts.
together to make Operat ing The US Navy and US Air Force answered
sure the area once B a s e the call and stepped up to assist, explained
home to Osama Chapman Adams, a submarine officer of 21 years who
Bin Laden’s terrorist n e a r volunteered for this command.
organization Khowst City, A team of military advisors, United
becomes an serves as the main States Aid representatives and Department
environment that effort in rebuilding of State officials, was put together as a PRT,
will deny such Khowst Province by a board of directors working to synchronize
people a safe distributing humanitarian their efforts and resources.
aid, mentoring local Together, they act as a direct line of
government communication from the needs of the
off icials, people to the aid offered to them by the
planning for International Security Assistance Forces, he
said.
The Khowst PRT has brought much of
this assistance to the province in the past
few years by sending its Army Civil Affairs
teams to live in local communities, who send
back updates on area needs.
Many construction projects such
as irrigation systems, diversion
dams, wells, schools, and
roads have been set
into motion by the
PRT in this way,
Adams said.
“These projects
serve not only to
improve the quality
of life for the
residents, but also
to put shovels in
the people’s hands,
providing them
with jobs,” Adams
said.
A big part in
Navy Cmdr. Dave Adams and the Governor of Afghanistan’s Khowst Province, Arsala bringing these
Jamal, talk before the start of a ceremony May 16 in the District of Sabari. They are quality of life
gathered to celebrate the construction of a new district center that will provide better improvements is
security for the area’s residents. Adams is the commander of the Khowst Provincial the necessity for
Reconstruction Team based in Forward Operating Base Chapman. security, he said.
June 2007 fury Focus 
howst: Providing the Main Effort in
Former Al-Queda Training Camps
This is where the PRT security force Recently, a delegation from the United “By helping the Afghans permanently cast
comes in, typically provided by the Army Arab Emirates arrived in Khowst City to visit off the tyranny that the enemy brought to
National Guard. projects they have invested in, such as the city them and to us, we’re providing hope to
“Good security is vital for the PRT’s university and main mosque. them and their children, and for us and our
mission to be successful,” said Army 2nd Lt. Adams was able to confidently assure the children.”
Cory Marr, platoon leader for 2nd Platoon, delegates that any future projects built by their
Company B, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry country would be safe in Khowst.
Regiment, Arizona National Guard, who “Security here is stronger than ever,”
provides security and manoeuvre support to he said to UAE representatives during
the Khowst PRT. a meeting at the Provincial Governor’s
The security is beginning to take care of compound in Khowst. “The Taliban
itself, he said. no longer have a foothold here. The
The overall security in Khowst has ANSF can protect anything built here
improved greatly, which is the result of locals by the U.S. or the UAE.”
seeing the many improvements that have This is a big step forward in
come in the past year, the fruit of their efforts winning the fight in Afghanistan,
in securing a safe environment, Marr said. Adams said.
This has allowed the PRT to extend its “We’re helping the Afghans
reach, he explained. create something for themselves the
“There’s no place we’re afraid to go,” Marr Taliban couldn’t: a safe environment,
said. “We work with the Afghan National a growing economy and an increasing
Security Forces and get plenty of intelligence standard of living,” he said.
from the locals. For instance, we stop at police “This is a terrific
checkpoints as we enter an area, and they mission we can all
update us on the local situation. We always be proud of,” he
have a good understanding of the areas we’re said.
going into.”
“In the some of the more
remote places we g o ,
the locals have
become extremely
helpful to us,” said
Spc. Doug Schletz,
an infantryman in 2nd
Platoon. “They used to
look at us like we were
aliens, but recently
they’ve seen what we’re
here to do for them,
like seeing us helping
the ANSF provide
security for many of their
events.”
This increased
security is so
successful, international
reconstruction agencies
and foreign investors that
have, in the past, shied away
from helping Afghanistan
due to safety concerns are
being drawn back, Adams
said.
 fury Focus june 2007

Paratroopers improve their base, morale close behind


Spc. Matthew Leary it frequently for a quick workout, Cruz said.
Task Force Fury PAO And even though FOB Wardak offers limited creature comforts
to its inhabitants, the Soldiers maintain an upbeat view.
FIRE BASE WARDAK, Afghanistan – The ground is uneven, a “At least it is easy to maintain,” Keenan joked.
mix of soft dirt and rocks, as if poised to trip any unsuspecting per- With only their company here, the Paratroopers are bonding as
son that makes the short walk across the base, a walk that couldn’t a unit, concentrating solely on the mission at hand and each other,
last any longer than a minute. said White.
The only standing structures are three large, green tents, one “Their morale is so high because they’re operating at company
building, and a 10 x 10 foot wooden shack. level, they’re out here doing their job,” he said.
Inside the tents, which are the main living quarters, sections of The Soldiers are going out conducting presence patrols, hu-
plywood have been fit together to make another uneven walking manitarian aid missions, and coordinating with local government
surface, although this one is considerably easier to walk on. officials, Keenan said.
This is Fire Base Wardak, a small base occupied by Paratroopers “This is all we do here, focus on the mission,” he added.
from Company D, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regi- Assisting the local citizens by conducting humanitarian aid mis-
ment, 4th Brigade Combat sions is a frequent occur-
Team, 82nd Airborne Divi- rence here, and something
sion, during their deploy- the Soldiers enjoy doing,
ment in Afghanistan. Cox said.
And while some may call “We actually get to go
it a spartan living arrange- out and talk to the people,
ment, the Soldiers here call it see how they feel about their
something different: home. country and us,” Cox said.
“We love it here,” said “A lot of them like us.”
Spc. Jose R. Cruz, a grena- Cox explained it is com-
dier with Co. D and native mon to see little children
of Los Angeles. wave as they pass by, or hear
Part of the reason the ‘thank you’ yelled as they
Paratroopers are so fond of leave an area.
their base, despite its obvi- Focusing on the mission
ous simplicity, is the fact is something the troops are
that they took the initiative taking seriously, said Spc.
of improving it when they David E. Witenbarger, a
first arrived, said Army Capt. gunner with Co. D and na-
Aaron W. White, command- tive of Knoxville, Tenn.
er of Co. D. “I joined to serve my
Initially all that was country, and that’s what
Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO
present were a few barriers, we’re doing here,” Witen-
one building, and wall as an Lacking a clothes dryer, a Paratrooper from Company D, 2nd Battalion, barger said.
outer perimeter, said Spc. 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, hangs his clothing up to dry April 22, Though they may not
Rueben D. Keenan, a gun- 2007, at Fire Base Delta. Along with the rest of their fellow Paratroopers have such luxuries as a dryer,
ner with Co. D and native of from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Co. D is serv- Army uniforms can be seen
Gulf Shores, Al. ing a 15 month deployment in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring hanging from clotheslines
“Almost everything Freedom VIII. throughout the day, they are
you see here now we built,” happy with their FOB.
Keenan said. “We built the bathrooms, put up tents to house more They have a few amenities and extra supplies, plus they are get-
guys, built the motor pool, extended the perimeter, and we built a ting a little support from somewhere outside the military chain Cox
gym. We totally redid it.” said.
“They have put a lot of hard work into this place,” White said. “We have plenty of hygiene supplies and we get plenty of care
The process of improving the FOB meant the Soldiers worked packages from home,” said Army Sgt. Andrew M. Crenshaw, a
a little each day on their infrastructure, said Spc. Chris A. Cox, a squad leader and native of Antioch, Calif. “We have everything we
MK-19 grenade launcher gunner. need here.”
“Within a matter of a few weeks it was a more hospitable place “The families have been really supportive,” Cox added.
to be,” Cox said. “We took personal pride in our place, and we The Paratroopers have also made sure that they have left their
made it ours, and we’re continuing to do things everyday.” mark on the place they call home here in Afghanistan, by giving it a
The gym here is small, consisting of three cardiovascular work- new, although unofficial name.
out machines and a handful of weights, all housed in a wooden “We gave it the name Fire Base Delta, for Delta Company, so
building the troops made. But the troops like the small gym, using everyone will know who built it,” said Keenan.
June 2007 fury Focus 
Wall St. to Ardennes St.: financial advisor changes jobs
Spc. Matthew Leary sion to enlist. “Despite having the
Task Force Fury PAO
“I had almost joined the Army a couple times, educational background that would have
after high school and after 9-11,” he said. allowed me to be an officer, I enlisted. I
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR- Upon graduating high school, Boender wanted to be airborne infantry, serving
RIOR, Afghanistan - From working in the elected to go to college instead of joining the mil- on the frontlines.”
high-stakes world of financial securities to itary, becoming the first of his family to graduate Boender graduated One Station Unit
conducting dismounted patrols and pulling college. He used his degree to pursue his desire Training and Basic Airborne School at
security, the life of one Paratrooper from the to serve the public, working for his local county Fort Benning, Ga., and went to Company
82nd Airborne Division has greatly changed in the child-support enforcement department, he B, 3rd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infan-
since he went from being a financial adviser said. try Regiment. That unit became Co. B,
to an airborne infantryman. Boender then furthered his education by at- 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry
Army Cpl. Bryan R. Boender was used to tending Rutgers University on academic scholar- Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team,
managing upwards of a $100 million worth of ship, earning himself a Masters of Science and the unit Boender is still with today while
investments when he was working for Merrill Public Policy from the University. he is deployed in Afghanistan.
Lynch, but despite his good salary and job After graduate school, Boender entered the Since joining Boender has served
position, he gave up on the lucrative career. world of finance at a small brokerage firm, he as a rifleman on the frontline, and then
“I found out it was not so meaningful said. “That set in motion three years of working transitioned to radio telephone operator
and fulfilling, and felt something was miss- at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch,” he said. and operations noncommissioned officer
ing,” said Boender, opera- While working for Morgan Stanley, Boender in his company.
tions noncommissioned spent a month training at the World And as a Paratrooper in the 82nd
officer for Company B, Trade Center, making the tragedy all Aiborne Division, Boender has had to
2nd Battalion, 508th the more personal to him, he said. challenge himself in many ways since
Parachute Infan- He continued to work in finance joining.
try Regiment, 4th but began to find the job was “Being 31 years old now, humping
Brigade Combat lacking something. “It had dis- 80 plus pounds on my back 15 clicks
Team. tanced me from an earlier goal of (kilometers), is difficult,” he said. And
For Boender, public service.” beyond the physical requirements of the
a native of Seattle, Boender left his job in 2003 to job, Boender has also had to adjust to a
serving his country find something more meaningful, new lifestyle in the military.
in uniform had always and found himself in San Diego “To say it was a challenge is an under-
been a goal, but one he had with friends when he picked up statement,” Boender said. “It was kind of
put off due to other commit- t h e phone and called the lo- difficult to go from a role of key decision-
ments. cal Army recruiter, maker to Soldier. You have to swallow
he said. 10 weeks your pride and realize the people around
later he was at you are experts in their field. You have to
Basic Combat trust them with your life.”
Training at The hardwork and commitment of
the age of 28. Boender has not gone unnoticed by his
“ I t chain of command.
w a s “He’ll always give you a 110% and
some- more,” said 1st Sgt. Steven J. Green, first
thing I sergeant for Company B.
wa nt- Boender hasn’t decided yet what
ed to he will do in the future, but knows that
experi- he will continue to serve his country in
ence,” some capacity. “I’m considering a couple
Boender of different options, and I’ll take this year
s a i d to decide. But I do plan on having a con-
about nection with the military.”
h i s Whatever he decides to do, Boender
de- is glad he made the decision to join the
ci- Army.
“I didn’t want to regret years later
not having served,” he said. “The job is
rewarding and there’s a definite sense of
purpose.”
10 fury Focus june 2007

Andar Fury: “Good Old Fashioned Light Infantry Tactics”


Spc. Matthew Leary additional ground support, the only means of re-supply Co. B. “The Taliban were not able to
Task Force Fury PAO would be from aircraft dropping it from the sky. predict what we would do next. We
“It’s the first time we’ve done a mission in that way,” wanted to clear the area of operations in
FORWARD OPERATING BASE said Orlando about the decision to enter the town on order to disrupt Taliban [activity], and
WARRIOR, Afghanistan - Gusting foot and be re-supplied from the air. “I think by our presence we flushed them out.”
winds and a dust storm blowing in we went back to the basics,” said Spc. Matthew L. Stef- Through the patrols with ANA,
from the east prevented the CH-47 fen, a M-249 squad automatic weapon gunner with two AK-47 rifles, one rocket propelled
Chinook helicopter from land- Co. B. “Good old hardcore, light infantry tactics. No grenade launcher, 3 anti-armor RPG’s,
ing gracefully, its tail end swaying vehicles, just pursuing the enemy on foot. If we had two anti-personnel mines, and a medi-
uneasily in the turbulent weather as gone in by vehicles [Taliban Forces] would have heard cal cache were recovered.
it touched the ground seconds before us coming and been prepared.” “I think it went extremely well,”
the front end. Over the proceeding days, the Paratroopers would said Kitching. “And we’re still process-
From their position less than a ing all the information.”
hundred meters away, the last two By exerting a presence of Coalition
groups of Paratroopers from the 82nd Forces and ANA forces, the mission
Airborne Division darted across the also allowed the leaders of both forces
open desert terrain, the perimeter se- to meet with the local populous and es-
curity waiting until the last moment to tablish a line of trust and cooperation.
withdraw and jump on the bird with “The villagers were initially wary of
the rest of their unit. us, but after spending 48 hours there
For the Soldiers of Task Force Fury they were very receptive,” Orlando
aboard the helicopter, their exit from said.
the field was a welcomed relief after The acceptance of Coalition Forces
nearly a week of dismounted patrols by the villagers and the successful com-
and operations, walking over 25 miles pletion of the mission were both aided
with upwards of 80 pounds of equip- by the support of the ANA, Kithcing
ment, food and water on their back. said. “ I enjoyed working with them.
Task Force 2 Fury, with the aid of They have an extreme dedication to
Afghan National Army soldiers, con- their country and are always working
ducted Operation Andar Fury, a large, towards the betterment of Afghani-
complex, six-day operation inside the stan.”
Andar Province April 28 through May Seeing the villages, the Paratroopers
3, bringing a dismounted, company- themselves gleaned a better appreciation
sized element into Ebrahim Khel, an of the overall mission in Afghanistan
area that has not previously had a large and the importance of it, said Steffen.
presence of Coalition Forces. “I talked to an old man who said
“That was one of the main goals of the Taliban took his food and beat
the missions, to exert Coalition pres- him,” Steffen said about one trip into
ence in the area,” said Army 1st Lt. a village.
Ernest J. Orlando, executive officer “We were burning in the heat from
for Company B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO
all the gear and we were tired, but it was
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute worth it,” Steffen said about having an
Airborne Division, which lead the Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd opportunity to see first hand the differ-
main effort of the mission. Airborne Division, watch an illumination round fired ence their anti-Taliban operations are
Company A, 2-508th PIR, ANA May 2, 2007 while they are out on patrol in the Andar making.
forces, and various other attached Sol- Province, Afghanistan. So as the Chinooks touched down
diers also participated in the mission. May 3 and the Paratroopers jumped
The Paratroopers began their mis- enter the villages in the area during the day, talking to aboard, the relief of returning to base
sion late in the evening on April 28, the local Afghans and searching for a Taliban presence. and refitting for future missions was
dismounting from the safety of the At night the units would typically move one to two coupled with the sense that they actu-
armored Humvees and walking 12.5 miles and set up in a different area. ally are making a difference in the lives
‘clicks’, nearly 8 miles, to the outskirts With many elements moving around in this manner, of the average Afghan, Steffen said.
of Ebrahim Khel. On their backs, the acting as separate units, the forces were able to establish “We are winning here, but it’s not
Paratroopers carried all their combat a greater presence in the area. a war you can really measure though,”
supplies plus a two day supply of food “It definitely shows that we’re willing to show our he said. “But we know it’s important
and water. From then on the entire presence and continue to move within an area,” said to help give Afghanistan back to it’s
mission would be conducted without Army 1st Lt. Brian M. Kitching, a platoon leader with people, for their future.”
June 2007 fury Focus 11

Paratrooper writing book to help deployed Soldiers


Spc. Matthew Leary He noticed
Task Force Fury PAO an increase in the
difficulties his fellow
FORWARD OPERATING Soldiers were having
BASE WARRIOR, Afghanistan in their marriages and
– The sacrifices made by the relationships after the
men and woman who serve in deployment, and he
the United States Military are tried to help out.
often referred to as heroic and “He found about my
selfless. But when it comes to situation and helped me
year-long deployments, military out with it,” said “Spc.
spouses are forced to make their Antonio Ramirez”, a
own sacrifices and face the same Soldier who did not
stressful reality of their loved want his real name used
ones being away from them. due to the personal
One Paratrooper from the nature of the subject.
82nd Airborne Division has Ramirez lied to his
Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO
already seen the effect a combat wife about a relationship
deployment can have on a Spc. Jared M. Littrell, an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 508th he had before they were
marriage or relationship, and Parachute Infantry Regiment, holds a photo of him and his wife taken before married, a relationship
has decided to use his free time he deployed here to Afghanistan with his fellow Paratroopers from Task his wife found out about
to try and do something to help Force Fury. Littrell is spending his free time here writing a self-help book after he deployed.
other married servicemembers. for military couples who are facing the challenge of continuing a relationship “[Littrell] talked
While serving with his unit during a deployment. to me about it and
in Afghanistan, Spc. Jared M. reminded me that even
Littrell, an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 508th though communicating was hard to do, I had to keep trying to talk
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, has taken to her,” Ramirez said. “I had to remind her that just because I
it upon himself to write a self-help book designed to help military messed up, doesn’t mean I don’t love her anymore.”
couples survive the stress of a deployment. Ramirez welcomed the advice and is still trying to work things
“You have to learn how to communicate in a totally different out with his wife back home. “It’s getting better, but it’s still tough,”
way,” Littrell said about the reality of continuing a relationship he said.
during a deployment. “I wanted to write this book so people who Littrell is pooling together all his own experiences and those
wanted to get married while in the military would know what to of the Paratroopers around him to form a list of things married
expect during a deployment.” servicemembers can expect while deployed, he said.
For Littrell, giving advice on relationships is something he has One of the biggest problems is internet and phone time will be
been doing for years, although he readily admits his advice is based limited or non-accessible for periods of time, and its important for
on experience and not formal training. couples to remember what really matters in a relationship.
“I’ve been through a divorce, and I am remarried now, so I “My advice would be that it’s important for both the Soldier and
know from my own relationships what is important,” he said. the spouse to make sure the other knows that they still need them
Upon graduation from One Station Unit Training at Fort in their life, and they are going to be there for the other when they
Benning, Littrell began assisting his fellow Soldiers with their need them,” he said.
relationships as they entered US Army Airborne School, Littrell He stressed perception is reality, so it’s important married
said. couples talk as frequently as possible and remind each other how
“We had just gotten cell phones coming out of basic, and guys they feel.
were sending text messages to their girlfriends back home,” Littrell While the book is only in its fledgling stage, Littrell hopes that
said. he can use his time in Afghanistan to finish it.
At this point, Soldiers began asking Littrell for advice on what “It’s going to be interesting to see how it develops, and what I
to say to their girlfriends they hadn’t seen in months. learn,” he said.
Littrell stepped in and gave what advice he could, and in the Whether he finishes the book or not, hopefully just focusing on
process earned himself a new nickname based on a popular movie the issue will allow him to maintain his own marriage, as well as
that had just been released about a man who gives relationship help those around him.
advice. “If I can help any one marriage, or any one couple get through a
The Soldiers around him began to call him “Hitch”. deployment because of what I am going to put out there, that’s good
Littrell continued to give advice to his fellow Soldiers upon his enough for me,” Littrell said. “And honestly, even if this just stays
arrival at Fort Bragg, N.C., and after the 4th BCT arrived here in in a drawer somewhere, I’ll be able to give it to my wife and say ‘I
Afghanistan two months ago. did this for us’.”
12 fury Focus june 2007

Toby Keith performs at FOB Salerno


Pfc. Micah E. Clare
Task Force Fury PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan


— Country- western singer Toby Keith performed at Forward Op-
erating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 19, treating hardworking
United States troops to some well earned entertainment and some-
thing even more valuable, a rousing display of homeland support.
Hundreds of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen started lining up two
hours before the concert to see Keith’s performance.
“I’ve wanted to see this guy since I was 13,” said Army Pfc.
Tristan P. Winter, a forward observer in Headquarters and Head-
quarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Divi-
sion. “He’s my favorite country music singer, and I’m so excited to
finally be able to see him.”
When the concert finally started, the large tent was packed with
fans, some waving American flags and wearing cowboy hats.
As he came on stage, Keith was met with thunderous applause
and cheers.
“This is to all of you, when you’re rolling out at night watching Photos by Pfc. Micah E. Clare/Task Force Fury PAO
each other’s back,” he said, starting out the night’s entertainment.
Pfc. Britney Townsel, a supply specialist in Company B, 508th
Keith, whose father was an Army veteran, said he grew up with
Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, won a
respect for the military ingrained in him, and tries to show his ap-
guitar signed by country-music singer Toby Keith when he visited
preciation any chance he gets.
Forward Operating Base Salerno, May 19.
“I’ve got a lot admiration for these guy and girls out on these
bases who are getting out in the mud,” he said. band,” Keith said. “They wanted to take a little run so I brought
His multiple tours with United States Overseas show this com- them out here.”
mitment. “The fact that he came all the way to FOB Salerno is just really
“This is his fifth combat tour,” said Rachel M. Tischler, USO awesome,” said Army Staff Sgt. Matt Langseth, a tactical opera-
director of entertainment. “He’s been all over, not only in Iraq and tions center non-commissioned officer in charge in the 1st Squad-
Afghanistan, but in Cuba, Kosovo, Africa, Italy, Germany, and Bel- ron, 285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. “It’s good to know
gium.” that we’re supported by people back in the States, by Keith, and by
Despite his many performances, this particular tour brought country music.”
something extra to his fans. Other servicemembers also appreciate Keith’s patriotism and
“This is the farthest out I’ve ever brought a five or six [member] pride in the sacrifices made by our nation’s military.
“He’s not afraid to say what he thinks,” said Army Staff Sgt.
Elizabeth Boyce, an Air Hammer operator in the 513th Military
Intelligence Brigade. “He really showed his anger after 9/11, and he
didn’t try being politically correct about it. I really respect that.”
Keith saluted the military audience with his hit songs “Ameri-
can Soldier,” and “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” songs
reflecting his feelings on fighting the enemies of freedom.
After the closing song and amid a standing ovation, the com-
mand team of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Task Force Fury pre-
sented Keith with a parting gift: an 82nd Airborne Division plaque
and a United States flag that was flown over Afghanistan.
“Here’s a small token of appreciation for bringing some Ameri-
can freedom to us here at FOB Salerno,” said Task Force Fury
Commander, Col. Martin Schweitzer.
The evening’s show did much to lift the spirits of the troops
who attended.
Country-music singer Toby Keith sign a bomb, “Hello Taliban, “Sometimes you wonder how much support you have back
Love Toby Keith,” at Forward Operating Base Salerno, May 19. home,” said Army Sgt. Jeremy Vandenburg, a Battle NCO in Head-
Keith and his band performed for the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade quarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne
Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.This was the first time Keith Field Artillery Regiment. “This really shows me that what I’m doing
brought a five member band this far out on a combat tour. out here is appreciated, that people back home really do care.”
June 2007 fury Focus 13
Ghazni PRT provides assesment in Waghez
Sgt. Matthew Clifton Bureaucratic red
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment tape has slowed the
progress on repairs that
WAGHEZ DISTRICT, Afghanistan – The need to be made to the
Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team is center, which has been
a U.S. military unit in the Ghazni Province built but is far from
of Afghanistan charged with assisting in complete Azim said.
the rebuilding of their province through Letters need to be
efforts such as the construction of district sent to the MOI, letters
centers, schools and medical clinics for the need to be received from
local population. the MOI and suppliers
However, this is not the sole purpose of need to be contracted
the Ghazni PRT. to repair the building,
Some related, but different, missions for he explained.
Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
the team include building a rapport with On top of this, the
local leaders and generating assessments of community has voiced Army Staff Sgt. Arthur Helburg, squad leader, 2nd Platoon,
the progress made in specific areas of the logistical complaints Company A, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Ariz.
province. about the location of National Guard gives a convoy brief before a mission May 19,
These assessments provide a perspective the center. 2007 at Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan.
of the ‘attitude’ of an area as well as Apparently, there
providing information about the presence was a misunderstanding between to tribes to attend the shura and shifted his attention
of the Taliban and the need for repairs to in the district and the center was built too to the schools in the area.
local facilities. far away from the population, he said. “What is attendance like at the schools?”
One such assessment was recently “Has the center been used at all?” Puleo asked. “Are they sharing the school
conducted in the Waghez District of Puleo asked. with the girls?”
Ghazni, where the PRT met with the “Nobody has used the center,” Azim There is a school that has been
district sub-governor to discuss issues of replied mentioning problems with the roof graduating students for five years, but it is
security, reconstruction and local support of the building. in need of a new building, and there is a
for the government. Puleo assured Azim they would confront separate school for girls but the attendance
“We are at the police headquarters for the quality assurance problems and pressed is poor because of Taliban interference,
the district,” said Maj. Jonathan Puleo, the issue of logistical complaints. Azim replied.
executive officer, Ghazni PRT. “The goal “The citizens can’t get [to the center] The mention of the Taliban caught
is to assess the capabilities and loyalties of because of security,” Azim said. “We Puleo’s attention and when asked about
the government in this district.” need more forces and check points in our their presence, Azim’s responses seemed
Meeting with District Sub-Governor district.” somewhat subdued.
Abdul Azim over chai tea, Puleo had a Weapon and ammunition shortages This unfortunate turn of events cast a
serious of questions for Azim aimed at are directly related to this problem, Azim bleak overtone on the end of the meeting,
developing a clear picture of the state of continued. Puleo noticed.
things in Waghez. Puleo explained Azim should meet Azim was asked repeatedly if he was
The last time the PRT came to Waghez, with a representative of the MOI to resolve threatened by the Taliban, and responded
Azim was the Chief of Police for the these problems and added that higher with what seemed like party rhetoric, Puleo
district. Puleo said. Afghanistan National Army and Police said.
“What happened to the last Sub- recruiting numbers from within the district It is too soon to determine what exactly
Governor?” Puleo inquired. would also help solve the problem. is going on in Waghez, and where certain
“I was the [Chief of Police] until the Staying focused on the district center, loyalties lie, he continued.
last Sub-Governor resigned,” Azim said. Puleo asked if it would be possible to have The purpose of the assessment is to
“I have been Sub-Governor for about two a shura, (meeting of elders to discuss local determine the capabilities and loyalties of
months.” issues), to talk about the building of a the local government.
After this initial confusion, Puleo new district center in a more appropriate Most of the time the evaluation is
shifted the focus of his questions to the location. positive. Sometimes there is a need to
construction of a district center in the The location of the center should be in investigate an area further, he said.
area. the hands of the people who are going to Progress seldom comes swift and
The purpose of the district center is to use it, he continued. absolute, but with the continuing efforts
provide a place for the local government “You are most welcome to attend our of the Ghazni PRT and local leaders who
and citizens to hold meetings and carry out shura,” Azim said. “They are held every are determined to secure a positive and
other general activities pertaining to the 15 days.” safe future for their district, province and
needs of the district, Puleo said. Puleo thanked Azim for allowing him country, hope does.
14 fury Focus june 2007

Army offers legal services to help Soldiers


gain rapid citizenship while deployed
Spc. Matthew Leary to the simplicity of the naturalization
Task Force Fury PAO process for deployed Soldiers.
“I didn’t know a lot about it
FORWARD OPERATING BASE either, but other leaders stressed
WARRIOR, Afghanistan – For many its importance to me,” he said. “It
U.S. servicemebers, their decision to was really easy. There are some
join the military is based on a sense of requirements but it’s definitely
duty, a call to serve their country. something [commanders] should
However, there are thousands of encourage.”
servicemembers deployed to combat The Army provides workshops
zones and risking their lives on the in combat zones where units can
battlefield who cannot technically send Soldiers to fill out the required
call the United States “their” country, paperwork free of charge. In fact,
Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO
because they are not American the entire process can be completed
citizens. Spc. Juan J. Medel, an infantryman with Company C, without a single financial cost to the
Thanks to the legal services 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th trooper, Medel said.
offered by the Army and recent Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, stands Medel hopes to become an official
changes in immigration laws and in the ruins of a castle here at Forward Operating Base citizen by November of this year.
procedures, non-citizen Soldiers are Warrior April 26. Medel has recently taken advantage of He has completed the paperwork
now provided a quick and easy way to the legal services offered by the Army that will allow him but still needs to pass a citizenship
become a U.S. citizen. to get his U.S. citizenship while he is deployed. examination that will test his
Spc. Juan J. Medel, an infantryman “There’s normally a permanent residency knowledge of American history and
with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 508th requirement that is waived because of your government.
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade military service,” Marcum explained. “Also Soldiers should realize there is no
Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, while you are deployed your packet is put to drawback to taking the time to apply for
who has lived in the United States for over a the front of the line.” naturalization, while the increased rights
decade, served in the Army for almost three This means the normal naturalization given to citizens are notable, Medel said.
years and is now deployed to Afghanistan, procedure, which may take years, can By becoming a citizen doors are opened
has seen first hand just how simple it is to be completed in as little as four months. inside and outside the military, in terms of
become a citizen. Although he is a proud Interested Soldiers should know the process jobs, benefits and opportunities. Medel
member of the Army, he is not a citizen. does involve paperwork and several legal hopes to parlay his citizenship into a career
“I heard the process of becoming a documents, Marcum said. in aviation, a career field that often has a pre-
citizen was easier if you were in the military, “It’s fairly easy, but you do have to go requisite of being a United States citizen.
and as soon as the first opportunity came back five years for employment, schools, “He’s a good Soldier, risking his life and
up, I jumped on it,” Medel said about his and residency,” he said. “The hard thing is doing more for [the U.S.] than a lot of people
decision to finally pursue his citizenship marriage certificates and birth certificates do day-to-day,” LeFebrvre said. “He should
after 14 years of living in the U.S. as a legal, for children.” be given the opportunity to be a citizen.”
permanent resident. Since it is unlikely deployed Soldiers will For Marcum, helping in the naturalization
Like Medel, many foreign nationals live have these essential documents, Marcum process is a rewarding experience, and one
in U.S. as permanent residents, a designation recommends having family and friends send that recognizes the hard work and efforts
that allows them to live and work in the copies. Unit legal representatives should be of patriots. Soldiers across the Army who
country but without certain rights and able to provide requirements as to the exact have not yet gained their citizenship should
privileges given to legal citizens, such as the information needed for each individual be aware of the advantage and ease of
right to vote in national elections. Soldier. obtaining citizenship while deployed.
In order to gain these rights individuals Handling the paperwork is not And again, visiting your unit legal
must apply for naturalization to become a complicated, and leaders at all levels should representative is priority number one to
citizen of the United States. encourage their non-citizen troopers to go make sure the process goes smoothly and
For deployed Soldiers, the naturalization forward with the process, said Army 1st Lt. troopers receive the right to call the U.S.
process is indeed simplified and expedited, Alan M. LeFebvre, a platoon leader with Co. “their” home, Marcum said.
said Army Cpl. James E. Marcum, paralegal C, 2-508th PIR, who helped Medel in his “They should absolutely take advantage
noncommissioned officer, Headquarters efforts to become a citizen. Even those who of this,” he said. “They are serving their
and Headquarters Company, 782nd Brigade have never dealt with the issue before will be country and they should be given the
Support Battalion, 4th BCT. able to successfully complete the steps due opportunity above anybody else.”
June 2007 fury Focus 15

Task Force Fury helps Afghan National


Police stand on their feet in Khowst
Pfc. Micah E. Clare used to, explained Mullinex.
Task Force Fury PAO He appointed a squad leader over one group of policemen,
and then explained to him the need to have subordinate leaders
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan--Task controlling smaller groups of men, and who can replace him in an
Force Fury Fury Soldiers are concentrating their efforts this month emergency.
on helping the Afghan National Police in Khowst Province take “When they establish a chain of command within the squad, it
charge of their areas of operation really builds unity and also eliminates confusion,” Mullinex said.
Paratroopers and Military Police from the 82nd Airborne By conducting all operations and training as a squad, the team
Division’s Task Force Professional have been able to spend more will get to know each other better and form a bond, he said.
time with the ANP after establishing a permanent presence at the The next day at the Bak district center, Paratroopers from the
Bak District Center, a central location for several Khowst ANP 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment and the 1st
stations. Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment built up the ANP’s
“We’re here to help increase the strength [of the ANP] in this proficiency and confidence in running road checkpoints.
area,” said Army 2nd Lt. Finn Setting up on a main road just outside the district center, the
Fraser, platoon leader for 3rd ANP were taught the standards
Platoon, 546th Military Police associated with searching
Company, 385th MP Battalion., civilians.
3rd Sustainment Bde., 3rd Procedures such as keeping a
Infantry Division. “We’re also safe distance away from a vehicle
working on instilling pride and when it first pulls up, letting the
efficiency in them by increasing driver open all of the doors and
their law enforcement moving away from the vehicle to
capabilities.” be searched, and searching the
Fraser’s men started the vehicle thoroughly are stressed
work at the Sabari District to the policemen, explained
Center on May 8, when they Army Staff Sgt. Jesse English,
began the task of preparing the a section chief in Headquarters
station for the arrival of more and Headquarters Battery, 2-321
policemen from the training AFAR.
center in Gardez. “Paying attention to detail,
As part of the preparation, that’s the most important thing
Army Staff Sgt. Derrick for these guys to learn,” he said.
Mullinex, a squad leader in “We really try to develop
3rd Platoon, supervised as the the guys who we see are trying
Afghan policemen brought to do their jobs well,” said
out all of their weapons and Spc. Christopher Gilbert, an
equipment and inventoried unmanned aerial vehicle specialist
them. in HHB. “It’s very satisfying
“This lets them know when you see them learning and
what their strength is, and putting into action what we’ve
shows them how many new taught them.”
policemen can be equipped Despite the sometimes less
here,” Mullinex said, after than perfect conditions the
labeling, photographing, and ANP in Khowst must face, they
recording the station’s arsenal still keep doing their jobs and
of AK-47s, Hungarian AMD- Photo by Pfc. Micah E. Clare/Task Force Fury PAO are eager to learn, said Afghan
65s, Czechoslovakian SA-58 2nd Lt. Finn Fraser, platoon leader for 3rd Platoon, 546th Military National Police Sgt. Toti Han, an
assault rifles, machine guns Police Company, 3rd Infantry Division, gives instructions to a newly ANP squad leader.
and Rocket Propelled Grenade designated Afghan National Police squad leader on how to move “This can be a really tough job,
launchers. his squad in a staggered column during patrols May 8 at the Sabari but we are all here voluntarily,”
Next, attention was focused District Center in Khowst Province, Afghanistan. Fraser’s platoon he said. “We are really glad that
on organization at the squad is part of a team from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Task Force Fury we are being helped on patrols
level and below, something that is strengthening the capabilities of the ANP in several Khowst and being taught the right things
most Afghan policemen aren’t districts. to do until we get more men.”
16 fury Focus june 2007

Fury commander, Afghan Governor, Police,


Army work together to unite Afghanistan
Sgt. Matthew Clifton hind the ANA and ANP to plant the governmental seeds so the
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment people have a choice.”
Pataan, who alluded to his fighting against the soviets, reiterated
FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan – The the need for a permanent force to be present to deter any attempts
Afghanistan National Army and Police have grown by leaps and by the Taliban to reoccupy areas that will be cleared during the
bounds from their humble but determined origins more than six upcoming events.
years ago to create an emerging force of capable, passionate troops On top of the presence of ANA and ANP troops to secure the
ready and willing to destroy those who would oppress their fledg- area following the operation, an element of U.S. Soldiers are being
ling democracy. moved to Ghazni, Schweitzer said reassuringly.
The Afghan government and military, along with U.S. and In- The formation, and already successful employment, of an all-
ternational Security Assistance Forces routinely meet and work in Afghan counterinsurgency force added to the depth of the mission
cooperation to develop new and effective ways to obliterate the en- allowing for the pursuit of high-value targets.
emy and earn the confidence and With multiple agencies at work
respect of the population. to provide a secure future for
One such meeting brought Ghazni, Pataan is determined to
together the minds of some of make sure there is ‘no chance’ for
the top leaders of the Ghazni the enemy to reestablish itself in his
Province to discuss details of op- province.
erations aimed at instilling trust “This year will be a very bad
of the government into the local year for the Taliban,” Pataan said
residents. grinningly.
Governor Marijadeen Pataan, “This year has already been
governor of the Ghazni Province a bad year for the Taliban,” Sch-
has a vision of what the province weitzer was quick to respond ref-
could be. erencing off the top of his head
“Ghazni has a great potential numerous failed attempts by the
Photo by Sgt. Matthew Clifton/22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
for growth,” he said. “Expanding enemy to cause destruction and
cities by building roads, shopping Governor Marijadeen Pataan, (left), governor, Ghazni Province, casualties.
centers and thousands of houses Afghanistan speaks with Colonel Martin P. Schweitzer, Task But he was swift to note he did
will make the province a great Force Fury Commander, during a conference focusing on an not expect this operation to be a
place.” upcoming operation May 17, 2007 at Forward Operating Base triumph over all the Taliban in
Unfortunately, there are secu- Ghazni, Afghanistan. Ghazni.
rity issues, namely the presence of “I’m not going to pretend this
the Taliban and their shadow governments in certain areas, that mission will declare victory,” he said. “But it will buy time for the
must be dealt with in order for Pataan’s vision to reach fruition. government to establish a presence in the area.”
Hence the meeting at FOB Ghazni, bringing Pataan, Afghan Schweitzer compared what he saw of Afghan forces in 2002 to
National Army and Police generals and the commander of the 82nd what he sees now and is certain the ANA and ANP possess the
Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team and Task Force Fury passion and dedication to sacrifice whatever they must to provide a
together to hash out the details of an upcoming operation. secure future.
“We must remove shadow governments from Ghazni,” said Col. One of the biggest reasons for the overwhelming level of con-
Martin Schweitzer, commander, Task Force Fury, 4th BCT. “We fidence Schweitzer has in the success of the upcoming operation is
have worked together to form a plan to separate the enemy from the the organization of the plan.
population and allow the government to move freely throughout “It is an Afghan solution to an Afghan problem,” he explained
the area.” noting the plan was the brainchild of an Afghan general, not a U.S.
Schweitzer reminisced on past instances where he has person- commander.
ally seen local Afghans support their government after key leaders As the meeting ended Pataan somberly thanked Schweitzer for
made the effort to get personally involved with their citizens. his help and issued his confidence in the ANA and ANP taking the
However, the governor’s part is but one piece of the puzzle. lead role in this operation.
Each organization is essential to the success of operations in “I do not want to see a single American killed on our fields,”
Ghazni. The government must work with the people by attending he said. “We will use our own guys and I know we will have the
Shuras, (meetings of local elders). The ANA must lead operations, upper hand.
the ANP must have a strong local presence to ensure security and “The Taliban kills teachers and burns schools,” he continued.
the U.S. and ISAF must be there for support, Schweitzer said. “They are not only the enemy of us, they are the enemy of civiliza-
“We are one muscle,” he continued. “The U.S. will follow be- tion.”
June 2007 fury Focus 17
1/503 replaces 2/87 in Paktika after 16 months
Spc. Matthew Leary mission, we do it with an eye
Task Force Fury PAO toward the day when prosperity
and security are enduring forces,
FORWARD OPERATING BASE and the reach of the Islamic
ORGUN-E, Afghanistan – Paratroopers Republic of Afghanistan touches
from the 173rd Brigade Combat Team every citizen in Paktika,” Fenzel
officially announced their arrival to said.
Afghanistan Thursday in front of a crowd The 1-503rd Inf. Bn. Will be
of Afghan leaders, local citizens and serving in the southern portion
International Assistance Security Force of Regional Command- East,
Soldiers, during a Transfer of Authority under the command of the 4th
ceremony held here at Forward Operating BCT, 82nd Airborne Division.
Base Orgun-E. The remaining elements of
The incoming Paratroopers of the the 173rd BCT will be relieving
1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry the 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. in
Regiment, and their commander, Army the north.
Lt. Col. Michael R. Fenzel, assumed For the 173rd BCT,
responsibility of the eastern portion of the conducting combat operations
Paktika province from the Soldiers of the and helping the IROA in
2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd reconstruction efforts is not a
BCT, 10th Mountain Division, commanded new assignment.
by Army Lt. Col. Chris Toner. The brigade had served
“As we assume this critically important a previous deployment to
Afghanistan in 2005.
“Your team is no
stranger to the war on
terror,” said Army Col.
Martin P. Schweitzer,
commander of Task
Photos by Pfc. Daniel M. Rangel/22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Force Fury. “I am
certain your team Command Sgt. Maj. Jose M. Vega and Army Lt. Col.
will take it to another Chris R. Toner of 2-87 Infantry put away their battal-
level.” ion colors at the transfer of authority ceremony May
A large emphasis 24 at FOB Orgun-E.
was placed upon the fact has been tremendous. I welcome the new
the battalion will focus its effort on unit, and I look forward to working with
assisting with the deployment of them and I hope to continue the great job
the Afghan economy and security done here.”
forces in the region. For the outgoing 2-87th Inf. Bn., the
Over the past 16 months, the ceremony marked the end of the 16 month
2-87th Inf. Bn,. has successfully deployment.
cultivated a good working While much success has been achieved,
relationship with the local the unit solemnly remembers the loss of
governments, and achieved four of its Soldiers and the loss of man
significant improvements Afghan National Army soldiers who served
in the regions economy and along side their troops, Toner said.
infrastructure, said Toner. “We know that this progress is not
“In the past five years we without cost,” he said.
have made progress, progress So as the 2-87th Inf. Bn. Returns to
never seen in the history of Fort Drum, N.Y., and the 1-503rd Inf. Bn.
Afghanistan,” agreed Dr. Akram returns to Afghanistan, it is done with an
Khapalwak, Governor of Paktika. eye to successes of the past 16 months and
“There are visible achievements in the goals of future achievement.
Army Lt. Col. Michael R. Fenzel, 1st Battalion (Air- the efforts of reconstruction. On “The paratroopers of Task Force
borne), 503rd Infantry, prepares to display his bat- behalf of my government and my Eagle(1-503rd Inf. Bn.) pledge to build on
talion colors at the transfer of authority ceremony people, the service of you and your the remarkable success of the Task Force
May 24 at FOB Orgun-E. Soldiers over the past 16 months Catamount(2-87th Inf. Bn.),” Fenzel said.
18 fury Focus june 2007

Fury Fotos

Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO

Cpl. Bryan R. Boender points out something suspicious on the horizon


to Army Pfc. Timmothy M. Mailliard while the two are out on patrol in
the Andar Province of Afghanistan. Boender and Mailliard are part
of the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade
Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

An Afghan
National
Policeman
stands guard
during a
ceremony Photo by Pfc. Micah E. Clare/Task Force Fury PAO
celebrating Polish Major Mark Pierkarski, a Polish military field surgeon, works
the opening of to stop the bleeding of an electronic medical mannequin during a
a new district Combat Lifesaver Class May 5, at Forward Operating Base Salerno,
center in the Afghanistan. To prepare them for conducting joint operations with
Sabari District U.S. forces, the medics are being given a CLS class to familiarize
of Khowst them with American medical procedures, as well as to give them
Province, their last refresher course before they go out on missions.
Afghanistan “This course is very good, because of how realistic it is,” said
May 16. Pierkarski.
Photo by Once the medics move down to their FOBs and firebases, they will
Pfc. Micah E. Clare
/Task Force Fury PAO work jointly with U.S. medics in aid stations.
June 2007 fury Focus 19

Photo by Spc. Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO

1st Sgt. Steven J. Green communicates with the pilots of the incomming CH-47 Chinook helicopter as the Paratroopers from Company
B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, prepare to leave the field after six days of combat patrols in the Andar Province of
Afghanistan.

Photo by Pfc. Micah E. Clare/Task Force Fury PAO


Spc. Thomas May, a rifleman from 2nd Platoon,
1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment of the Ari- Photo by Pfc. Micah E. Clare/Task Force Fury PAO

zona National Guard pulls security in prepara- A 155 millimeter howitzer fires at a target in eastern Afghanistan. The howitzer is crewed
tion for a ceremony celebrating the opening of a by Paratroopers from the 2nd Batallion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, and
new district center in Khowst Province, Afghani- artillerymen from the Puerto Rican National Guard’s 1st Bn. 162nd FAR.
stan May 15. May is a native of Phoenix, Az.
20 fury Focus june 2007

Lest we forget

Spc. Jeremy R. Greene Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Pfc. Joseph G. Harris


Company A, 2/87th IR HHC, 4th BSTB Company C, 2/508th PIR
June 19, 1982 - April 28, 2007 December 1, 1970 - May 14 2007 May 26, 1987 - April 20, 2007

Cpl. Jeremy R. Greene, 24, Maj. John L. Bauguess Jr., 36, Operations Officer Pfc. Joseph G. Harris, 19, a
was an Infantryman assigned to A for the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Rifleman with Charlie Company,
Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th In- Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division died from 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute
fantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Com- gunshot wounds sustained during an attack that oc- Infantry Regiment died from
bat Team was killed in April 28 of a curred after a meeting with Afghan and Pakistan non-combat related causes at
non-combat related injury. military and civilian leadership, in Pakistan. Forward Operating Base War-
A native of Springfield, Ohio, Bauguess, originally from Florida, deployed with rior, Southern Afghanistan,
Greene enlisted in the Army in the 4th BCT in support of Operation Enduring Free- Thursday, May 3.
February 2004 and completed basic dom in January 2007. He is remembered by his peers Harris was from Sugar Land,
and advanced individual training at as a disciplined and hard working officer and an ex- Texas and was assigned to 3rd
Fort Benning, Ga. tremely dedicated family man. Platoon C Co. 2/508th upon his
He was initially assigned to Fort Bauguess’ awards and decorations include the arrival to Fort Bragg in January
Drum and 3rd BCT in June 2004. Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device 2007.
He deployed with his unit to for valour, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal Pfc. Harris’ awards and dec-
Afghanistan in February 2006. with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation orations include, Army Achieve-
His awards and decorations Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal ment Medal, National Defense
include the Army Good Conduct with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Service Medal, Global War on
Medal, National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expedi- Terrorism Service Medal, Af-
Medal, Afghanistan Campaign tionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global ghanistan Campaign Medal,
Medal, Global War on Terrorism War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War Overseas Service Ribbon, Army
Service Medal, Overseas Service on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Service Ribbon, and Basic Para-
Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Rib- chutist Badge.
Combat Infantryman Badge. bon with three numeral device, NATO Medal, the
He is survived by his mother Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Infan-
and father. tryman’s Badge. He was Ranger Tabbed and a current
and qualified Master Rated Jumpmaster.
Bauguess is survived by his wife, Wesley, and his
two daughters.

Spc. Agustin Gutierrez Sgt. Edmund W. McDonald Staff Sgt. Casey D. Combs Sgt. David A. Stephens Sgt. Alexander van Aalten
Company B, 782nd BSB Company B, 782nd BSB 2/508th PIR Company B, 2/508th PIR Company D, 1/508th PIR
June 9, 1987 - March 28, 2007 March 14, 1982 - March 28, 2007 April 4, 1979 - April 12, 2007 November 9, 1978 - April 12, 2007 September 2, 1985 - April 20, 2007
June 2007 fury Focus 21

“Fury Fit” to
Fight the Good Fight
Ah, summer. That beautiful time of year when: the kids are 10. Expect sexual tension. It’s actually good for your mar-
out of school, the pool is full, sun screen is slathered, and the riage.
beach umbrellas sprout in the sand like weeds in your garden.
11. If your spouse has “acquired” all your drawer and closet
For many of us it is also the time of year when we think of space and you have to live out of a suitcase for two weeks remem-
those two wonderful little letters: “R&R.” ber that you read it here first!

Whether you are anxiously awaiting your turn this summer, 12. Put down the remote and back away. You can catch up on
or have selected the delayed gratification of your big break later in AFN TV after you get back.
the deployment I share here some bits of R&R wisdom.
13. The same problems or relationship challenges you had
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. But, it does represent before deployment are still there. They didn’t get resolved by
insight gathered from families and single Soldiers throughout the themselves.
past six years.
14. Expect changes. The “normal” you knew before deploy-
1. Clearly communicate your expectations for your R&R with ment does not exist anymore. You will, however, establish a new
every member of your family and invite them to do the same with “normal” in due time. Probably not, in two weeks though. That’s
you. (See some sample questions below.) your task after redeployment.

2. Be conservative with your expectations regarding how R&R Conversation Starters - Before return:
much you want to do during your two weeks. Take into account What do you expect the first 24 hours to look like?
whether you are single or married with 17 children. What are your priorities during this short time?
What are those things you wish to accomplish?
3. Some families have chosen to go somewhere “for vacation” How much do you want me to tell you?
rather than stay at home. This avoids confusion of roles and mis- What do you think will be the hardest part of our R&R?
understanding of what has changed at home. How much money do we want to spend?

4. If you stay home view yourself as a “guest” for the first few R&R Conversation Starters - During R&R:
days. Remember that you are breaking your family’s or friends’ How have you succeeded during this separation?
groove by your return. They have had to “move on” without you What do you miss?
being there. What are you looking forward to getting back to?
What do you think will be the hardest part of the rest of the
5. Give your immediate family at least a few days before host- deployment?
ing or traveling to meet extended family members. How can we make the “goodbye” successful (or at least as
painless as possible)?
6. Budget your time, your finances, your energy, and your fo-
cus. You probably can’t see all your friends and family inside the The investment of a little planning and thought will reap huge
R&R window. (If you have that few friends you probably need to dividends in helping to maximize your joy during R&R. We’ll see
see your Chaplain!) you when you get back!
7. Be prepared that your young “bundle of joy” may not know, Peace…
recognize, or remember you. If it happens, remember that it’s
normal.
Chaplain Larry Pundt
8. Remember that one year to a two year old is like ten years Task Force Fury
to a 20 year old.
Please continue to keep in prayer the families of SGT McDon-
9. Affirm and re-affirm your children. Recognize accomplish- ald, SPC Gutierrez, SSG Combs, SGT Stephens, SGT VanAalten,
ments. Go easy on “restoring order” in your home. SGT Greene, and MAJ Bauguess
Spc. Lejon Hamann, a mortar man with Company B,
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th
Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, pull
security at the patrol base he and his fellow Paratroopers
established May 2, 2007 in the Andar Province of
Afghanistan. 2-508th PIR conducted Operation Andar
Fury April 28-May 3, a six-day mission aimed at
disrupting Taliban presence in the area. (Photo by Spc.
Matthew Leary/Task Force Fury PAO)