Dragons answers the call during their first contact in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom 12-13. Task Force 4/1 found itself operating through the
mountainous and valley strewn provinces of Paktika and Ghazni, Afghanistan.
Their area of operation encompassed approximately the size of the state of West
Virginia with a 400-mile border with Pakistan and has over 27 districts. The
Task Force conducted focused security force assistance, neutralized the
insurgent strongholds, and assured the freedom of movement along essential
economic corridors in partnership with joint, combined and multinational allies
and partners to secure the populace and transition security primacy to the
Afghanistan National Security Forces.
Fearlessly" is the indomitable spirit of each Dragon Soldier, who fights
alongside the Afghanistan National Security Forces conducting partnered
operations for the greater good of the Afghan population. The portrait depicts
infantry and cavalry squad-level tactics against Taliban insurgents at Combat
Outpost Margah and highlights the diversity of skills associated within the
Task Force. Every member of the Dragon Team was essential to the overall
mission success resulting in Afghanistan partners who are now able to shoot,
move and communicate, with confidence against insurgents in their battle space,
securing the trust, support and love of the people they have sworn to protect.
From 16 June
2012 to 15 February 2013, Task Force 4/1 was involved in more than 800
engagements with the enemy, and fired more than 5800 artillery and mortars
rounds. 273 Dragon Soldiers were wounded in action and nine made the ultimate
sacrifice throughout this complex, counter-insurgency fight. As Operation
Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan comes to an end; the Dragon Brigade's actions
ensured that they will forever be etched in the history of modern warfare. The
Soldiers of Task Force Dragon were focused on improving governance in close
partnership with the provincial and district government leaders, and advising
and assisting in refining the techniques, tactics and procedures of the
Afghanistan National Security Force through the ever evolving conflict. The
overall efforts of each war fighter has helped contribute to the successful
accomplishment of legitimizing the Government of the Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan and restoring the confidence in the ANSF efforts of protecting,
stabilizing and securing a brighter future for the people of Afghanistan.
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