“The ANA continues to drastically improve and take the lead during ops,” said N.C. native, 1st Lt. Steve Naser, EO and acting cmdr. for Co. B, 1st Bn. Another cache revealed that criminals also exist amongst the insurgents. Amid a stock of hand grenades, AK-47s, shotguns and a machine gun, the Afghan and US Soldiers uncovered 77 bags of hashish and 15,000 Pakistani Rupees.
Capt. Josh Wiles, from Fla., cmdr. of Co. D, 1st Bn., emphasized the fact that ANSF had rarely been to Musa Khel until recently. “The ANA put a great foot forward in an area that has been controlled by insurgents,” said Wiles. “The locals were very receptive to a permanent ANSF presence in the area,” he said. Hollis agreed. “This op showed that Afghan forces can extend the reach of their govt into the most remote, mountainous areas of Afghanistan, to provide security for the populace," Hollis said.
By Mass Communication Specialist First Class Farrukh Daniel
HELMAND PROVINCE — An ANSF and ISAF patrol killed several insurgents and detained one other insurgent, during an op to disrupt an insurgent network in Kajaki district, yesterday. The op seized 441-lbs (200 kgs) of opium, a quantity of narcotics processing equipment, and 66-lbs (30 kgs) of IED charges.KANDAHAR PROVINCE -- During a combined op conducted today by Afghan and CF in Kandahar district, 2 122 mm rockets and 4 mortar rounds were discovered and seized by SecFor. EastGHAZNI PROVINCE -- In Deh Yak district, today, a combined Afghan and coalition patrol discovered and seized an ammo cache consisting of 2,400 7.62 mm rounds.
Ops in RC-East are still ongoing.
COB SPEICHER -- In a ceremony that marked a historic moment in the Iraq campaign, the 4th ID furled and cased their division colors before a crowd of senior U.S. and Iraqi officers, distinguished guests, and civilian news media, Oct. 20.
Div. leaders Maj. Gen. David Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey cased the Ivy Division’s colors Oct. 19, signifying the end of its 13-month mission to Iraq in support of OND.
“Thanks to the leadership and team building efforts of Maj. Gen. Dave Perkins and USD-North, 22 combined checkpoints transitioned to bilateral control,” said Austin. “ISF and Peshmerga forces having been working together to provide security for the Iraqi people, in the absence of a direct U.S. presence,” he continued. As a result, Iraq’s SecFor have significantly grown in areas of effectiveness and capability, establishing a foundation for successful security missions, and increased stability for the country’s citizens.
The TF also continued America’s ongoing commitment to the people of Iraq, by transitioning more than 30 U.S. military installations, and reposturing ground forces in preparation for a Dec. 31 departure. “The 4th ID’s accomplishments in strengthening the ISF and improving the security situation, are indeed remarkable,” said Austin. “They're even more remarkable, when you consider that they did it all while coordinating the division’s efforts to conduct transitions and reposture forces.”"Following the conclusion of a military presence in Iraq, U.S. embassies and consulates will work to expand and deepen their ties with Iraq. The Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq will also play a vital role, as it continues to strengthen the military-to-military relationship after the year’s end," said Austin. Perkins, a 31-year veteran, attributed the successes of the USD-North mission to TF soldiers, who produced the biggest impact on Iraq. "Their selfless service, sacrifices and discipline were a manifestation of the American people, and exemplified what a free and democratic nation can do," he said."Through their actions and dedication, the 4th ID created an opportunity for continued progress in northern Iraq," explained Austin, who was honored to serve alongside the Ivy Div. “You've performed magnificently, and your efforts will have a positive impact on this area for many, many years to come.”